Jason Hammel SP CHC 1 day ago

Hammel was handed his second loss of the season on Sunday as he gave up four runs on five hits and a walk over seven innings against the Diamondbacks. He did strike out nine in the defeat.

The big righty had delivered five straight quality starts heading into Sunday, but was victimized for four early runs and didn't receive much run support on the day. Although he has won just three games, Hammel has posted a useful 2.98 ERA on the season as well as a 8.5 K/9, so there is still plenty to like. He will face the Royals in his next scheduled start on Saturday.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 2 weeks ago

Hammel was solid Wednesday against the Mets, giving up five hits, one walk and one run while striking out six in eight innings.

Hammel allowed only two hits until the fifth inning when the Mets broke a scoreless tie. A single by Curtis Granderson and a double by Daniel Murphy led to Michael Cuddyer's grounder that scored Granderson. The Cubs eventually scored two runs to beat the Mets, but Hammel did not factor into the decision. Hammel's next start will be Tuesday at San Diego.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 2 weeks ago

Hammel (finger) has been confirmed as Friday's starter against the Brewers.

A broken nail on Hammel's right middle finger seemed to hinder his effectiveness his last time out, but the team said the very next day that Hammel would be fine to take his next turn in the rotation. He will oppose right-hander Jimmy Nelson on Friday.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 3 weeks ago

Hammel (finger) will not miss his next scheduled start Friday against Milwaukee, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

Hammel was affected by a cracked nail on his throwing hand in his last start, but the issue won't force him to miss any time. He allowed three runs over six innings Sunday, which resulted in a no-decision. Hammel will get another crack at the Brewers' lineup Friday.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 3 weeks ago

Hammel said after Sunday's start against the Brewers that he had been dealing with a broken nail on the middle finger of his throwing hand during the outing, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

The finger issue might have compromised Hammel's effectiveness, as he gave up three runs on five hits and a walk over six innings against one of the league's least potent lineups en route to a no-decision. He'll likely receive some treatment on his finger in the coming days, but doesn't expect to miss his next scheduled turn in the rotation Friday in Milwaukee.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 1 month ago

Hammel struck out seven and held the Pirates to four hits over eight scoreless innings Monday to earn his second win of the season.

The Bucs were unable to generate a significant threat against Hammel on Monday, and he cruised through the outing while throwing 71 of his 107 pitches for strikes. Through four starts, Hammel is missing bats at the same clip as last season, posting a K/9 above 8.0 while issuing just one walk in 25.1 innings. He's lined up to face the struggling Brewers in his next start Sunday.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 1 month ago

Hammel will take the hill for the Cubs Monday against the Pirates, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Hammel was previously scheduled to start Tuesday, but manager Joe Maddon made a minor tweak to the starting rotation. The move will allow Hammel to pitch on regular rest, and possibly set the right-hander up for a two-start week.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 1 month ago

Hammel (1-1) took the loss Wednesday in Pittsburgh after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits over five innings. He struck out five without a walk.

That control is the bright side, but Hammel's generalized mediocrity is the dark side. Fantasy owners have to hope that he can find a way to replicate last season's success in a Cubs jersey (a 2.98 ERA and 1.02 WHIP In 17 starts), but considering how unprecedented those results were, we wouldn't count on it.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 1 month ago

Hammel picked up a win in his first start of the season Saturday against the Rockies, yielding three runs on eight hits and no walks over six innings. He struck out six batters in the outing.

Hammel had initially been scheduled to make his season debut Tuesday against the Cardinals, but a rain postponement ended up pushing him back to the weekend. It was probably a blessing in disguise for the Cubs, as the former Rockies hurler probably has more familiarity with pitching in Coors Field than anyone else on the staff, and that experience showed Saturday. While he was far from dominant, Hammel was able to generate timely strikeouts and limit the damage of the hits he did allow, as only two went for extra bases. Hammel won't have to contend with nearly as harsh pitching environments in his subsequent starts to come, making him a solid target in mid-sized or deeper leagues if he's still available on the wire.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 2 months ago

Hammel's start has been moved back to Saturday after Tuesday's game was postponed, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reports.

He was supposed to pitch Wednesday, but the Cubs will just push Tuesday's starter, Jake Arrieta, back a day, with Hammel landing on Saturday instead. Instead of a home game against the Cardinals, Hammel now has the unenviable task of going to Coors Field to face a lineup that hung 10 runs on the Brewers on Opening Day.