Most Valuable Position Player: Jake Lamb
This was a hard choice, but third baseman Jake Lamb has edged out shortstop Chris Owings as the best hitter through the opening two weeks.
Lamb edged out Owings because he drove in a team-leading 11 runs. Lamb’s hitting streak was halted at 10 games on Sunday afternoon, but he still managed to walk twice and drive in a run. Coming into Sunday, Lamb was 14-for-42 during his streak, and he was tied with the Cincinnati Reds’ Zack Cozart for the longest hit streak in the majors.
Manager Torey Lovullo can not ask for much more from Lamb. The 26-year-old has done his job in the cleanup spot. This forces teams to think twice about pitching around first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
Lamb’s home run and RBI totals, along with his OBP and OPS leads the team. His RBI total is tied for the third best among senior circuit hitters with Yasiel Puig, Mark Reynolds and Eric Thames.
The Seattle, Washington native is still struggling against left-handed pitching. Lamb had 29 at-bats against righties and 15 against southpaws. He has just three hits in those 15 at-bats (.200), but two of them were doubles. He has 11 hits off right-handers (.379).
Lamb improved his hard contact percentage last season and that has continued this year. He currently sits 11th in baseball with a 51.7 hard contact percentage.