Jason Hammel SP CHC 3 days 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 1 month ago

Hammel gave up two runs on six hits in six innings against the White Sox on Friday. He struck out two and walked none in the win.

It was Hammel's longest outing of the spring, and it was the third start in a row in which he didn't issue a walk. In five starts he has a 3.60 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and a sparkling 17:3 K:BB ratio in 20 innings. He's all set to start the third game of the year.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 2 months ago

Hammel's first outing of the spring didn't start out strong - a walk, a single, and then a three-run homer - but at least he finished his two innings.

Hammel is expected to be the No. 3 pitcher for the Cubs this year. He'll need to be more economical with his pitches - he threw 20 pitches to the first two batters - if he wants to repeat the success he had with the Cubs last year.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 5 months ago

Hammel agreed to a contract with the Cubs on Monday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

The terms of Hammel's contract are unclear at this point, but he will head back to Chicago after a brief playoff run with the A's in 2014. Over 108.2 innings with the Cubs last season, The 32-year-old posted a 2.98 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 104 strikeouts. Although his numbers dipped with the A's, he still finished with respectable overall numbers, and will look to recapture that success again with the Cubs in 2015.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 7 months ago

Hammel had a strong outing on Thursday, allowing only one run after six innings against the Rangers.

After a tough start to his career with the A's, Hammel has been very effective recently. Since August began, Hammel had appeared in nine games (eight starts) with a 2.49 ERA in 50.2 innings with 42 strikeouts. He only has two wins due to the A's extreme struggles on offense in that time period. Hammel will be a free agent heading into 2015 and should get a lot of attention from teams after his 2014 campaign.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 7 months ago

Hammel (personal) returned from paternity leave Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Following the birth of his child over the weekend, Hammel will rejoin the Oakland rotation and take the ball Thursday against the Rangers. Hammel hasn't pitched as well as the Athletics had hoped when they acquired him July 4, as he's gone just 2-6 with a 4.52 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 12 outings (11 starts). However, if he's able to deliver a strong showing Thursday and help the Athletics close in on clinching a playoff berth, he'll likely be able to generate some more goodwill.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 7 months ago

Hammel pitched three innings of scoreless relief in Thursday's loss to Texas. He scattered three singles and struck out four.

Hammel will miss his scheduled start over the weekend to attend the birth of his child, so he was used in relief Thursday, after Sonny Gray lasted just five innings. The plan as of now is for Hammel to slot back into the rotation on September 25, but check back later to confirm.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 7 months ago

Hammel (personal) will likely slot back into the rotation Sept. 25 against the Rangers, San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Hammel will leave the team after Thursday's game to attend to the birth of his child, opening the door for Drew Pomeranz to face the Phillies on Saturday. The expectation is that Hammel will rejoin the team after the weekend and take his next turn Sept. 25, in what may very well be his final start of the season.