Jason Hammel
SP CHC
5 days ago

Hammel was shelled for 10 runs (six earned) on 10 hits and two walks across just 3.1 innings in Sunday's loss to Colorado. He struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

Hammel's 22-inning scoreless streak came to a prompt end Sunday, as he was blitzed for seven runs in the first inning and was finished off later by Nolan Arenado's second three-run homer of the game. Hammel has had a strong season overall, as his ERA still sits at a tidy 3.05 even after Sunday's shellacking, and entered the contest on a six-start win streak. He will have the opportunity to get back on track Saturday versus the Dodgers.

Jason Hammel
SP CHC
1 week ago

Hammel (13-5) tossed seven shutout innings, allowed just two hits and three walks, and struck out seven to earn the win in game two of Tuesday's doubleheader against Milwaukee.

EDGE Analysis

Hammel dominated a weak Brewers lineup, as he induced 14 swinging strikes in 110 pitches. The only runner who even reached third base did so on a throwing error. Hammel is on a ridiculous hot streak, now with four consecutive quality starts and a 22-inning scoreless streak. His ERA is down to 2.75, making him one of four Cubs starters (Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester) with a sub-3.00 ERA.

Jason Hammel
SP CHC
2 weeks ago

Hammel (12-5) shut the Angels out over seven innings Wednesday, allowing just four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in a 3-1 victory.

EDGE Analysis

That's five consecutive wins for Hammel and six straight starts in which he's allowed two or fewer runs. His 10-run disaster to open July spiked the veteran righty's ERA almost a full point (from 2.58 to 3.45), but this run has pushed it back down to a sparkling 2.90 mark. Hammel's certainly in the right place at the right time on a Cubs team that's going places, and he's caught the fever, as he's in the midst of his finest season yet.

Jason Hammel
SP CHC
3 weeks ago

Hammel (personal) was activated from the bereavement list Tuesday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hammel was away from the team for nearly a week while attending to a personal matter, but he'll return Tuesday in advance of his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Angels. In his last start, August 2 against the Marlins, Hammel threw 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out three.

Jason Hammel
SP CHC
3 weeks ago

Hammel, who is currently on the bereavement list, is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday against the Angels, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hammel is attending to a personal situation and was originally scheduled to return to the rotation Tuesday, but manager Joe Maddon decided to give him one extra day. John Lackey will now get the start Tuesday instead.

Jason Hammel
SP CHC
3 weeks ago

Hammel was placed on the bereavement list Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hammel tossed six scoreless innings in a win over the Marlins on Tuesday night, but he'll now head to the bereavement list while dealing with an undisclosed personal issue. He'll be required to miss a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven, but with the Cubs off Thursday, Hammel is unlikely to miss his next start. In a corresponding move, the Cubs recalled Justin Grimm to temporarily fill Hammel's spot on the roster. That leaves the Cubs with a nine-man bullpen for the time being.

Jason Hammel
SP CHC
3 weeks ago

Hammel (11-5) threw six shutout innings and allowed just four hits and two walks in a win Tuesday over the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

Since allowing a season-worst 10 runs July 1 against the Mets, Hammel has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his five starts. Hammel owns a 3.07 ERA -- remove that disastrous July 1 start, and it falls to 2.40. Combine his consistency with the excellent Cubs offense and Hammel should be in line for plenty more wins over the stretch run.

Jason Hammel
SP CHC
1 month ago

Hammel (10-5) cruised through seven innings in Wednesday's 8-1 blowout of the White Sox, allowing just a single run on five hits. He struck out seven and walked two.

EDGE Analysis

That's now three consecutive wins for Hammel and four straight starts of two or fewer runs since the ERA-ruining 10-run disaster that opened his month of July. Without that game, he'd have a 2.53 ERA instead of his current 3.23 -- but hey, they all count. Nonetheless, despite seeing his strikeout rate dip and walk rate rise from last year, he's still sitting on the best ERA of his career. The caveat is that both his BABIP and strand rate have been friendlier than he deserves, so it still seems reasonable to expect regression down the stretch from the 33-year-old.

Jason Hammel
SP CHC
1 month ago

Hammel (9-5) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings to earn the win Friday at the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

Hammel was staked to a 4-0 lead in the second inning before allowing single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, leading to his exit from the contest after throwing only 76 pitches. After allowing 10 runs on July 1, he's now held opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his last three starts to lower his ERA to 3.35 on the season. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the White Sox.

Jason Hammel
SP CHC
1 month ago

Hammel (hand) is in the lineup as the starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, Hammel will make his first scheduled start following the All-Star break. He had exited his final first half start with cramping in his hand, but the ailment was never considered serious.