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Jason Hammel | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/2/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Jason Hammel struggled in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Sunday, allowing four runs on six hits in four-plus innings of work.
On the plus side, Hammel was able to rack up seven strikeouts on the evening while walking just one. He threw 11 pitches before the game was stalled for a lengthy rain delay, and wasn't nearly as sharp once he returned to the ballgame. Even with the rough outing, Hammel still owns a terrific 2.92 ERA and 99/17 K/BB ratio over 95 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Saturday when he takes on the Marlins. Jun 29 - 1:07 AM

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Jason Hammel threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings but settled for a no-decision Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Hammel and Dodgers starter Zack Greinke both deserved better, but the game wouldn't be decided until the Cubs pushed a run across in the 10th inning. Hammel was the better of the two, though, allowing just two hits and walking two while striking out six in the outing. The start left him with a 2.65 ERA and 0.94 WHIP on the year. A date with the rival Cardinals looms on Sunday.
Jun 23 - 11:38 PM

Jason Hammel allowed three runs -- two earned -- in four innings before his start Thursday against the Indians was cut short due to rain.

Hammel struck out six and walked two before departing. He threw 88 pitches, so he probably wasn't going more than five tonight regardless.
Jun 19 - 12:05 AM

Jason Hammel pitches decently in a no-decision against the Reds on Friday, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits over his five-plus innings of work.

Hammel struck out four and walked three on the afternoon. Most of the damage came in the first inning where the Reds struck for three runs, including two that were unearned. He has done an outstanding job for the Cubs this season, posting a 2.81 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 80/12 K/BB ratio across 80 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Wednesday when he takes on the Indians in Cleveland.
Jun 12 - 7:45 PM

Jason Hammel allowed two runs over eight-plus innings in Saturday's win over the Nationals.

Hammel was given a chance to go for the complete game, but he was pulled after giving up a leadoff homer to Bryce Harper in the bottom of the ninth. He gave up just five hits in all while walking two batters and striking out seven. He lowered his ERA to 2.76 with the victory and owns a stingy 76/9 K/BB ratio over 75 innings. His return to Chicago has exceeded everyone's expectations.
Jun 6 - 3:07 PM

Jason Hammel struck out 11 batters and allowed only one run in 6 2/3 innings of work en route to a win against the Marlins on Monday.

11 punch-outs marks a career-high for Hammel. He had previously struck out 10 batters on three occasions, last occurring in June 2012. The Marlins' only run came home in the third inning when Giancarlo Stanton stole third base and scored on catcher Miguel Montero's throwing error. Hammel surrendered only five hits in total while walking none. He boasts a sterling 2.82 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP and a 69/7 K/BB ratio over 67 innings this season. He'll look to keep it going in a weekend road start versus the Nationals.
Jun 1 - 9:58 PM

Jason Hammel's next scheduled start has been pushed back from Saturday to Sunday.

Hammel has been dealing with a fingernail issue on his pitching hand, and although it doesn't seem like a big deal, the Cubs are using the opportunity to give him an extra day of rest. He's flip-flopping spots with Tsuyoshi Wada, who moves up from Sunday to Saturday.
May 29 - 1:14 PM

Jason Hammel allowed four runs in seven innings during Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Hammel struck out nine and walked one in the contest. Three of the four runs against came in the third inning, when he allowed a sacrifice fly and a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt also knocked him for an RBI single in the first. This season, Hammel has posted a 2.98 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 58/7 K/BB across 60 1/3 innings. He'll face off with the Royals in his next start.
May 24 - 6:44 PM

Jason Hammel delivered seven strong innings, yielding only two unearned runs, but took a no-decision as the Cubs lost late to the Padres on Tuesday.

The Cubs' defense cost Hammel a win as he was otherwise denying the Padres. Kris Bryant made a throwing error in the fifth inning on a Justin Upton ground ball, which later led to a run. Starlin Castro made a fielding error to kick off the seventh, and that too led to a run later on. Hammel allowed only three hits on the evening with no walks and eight strikeouts. The right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last five outings and now sports a 2.70 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and a 49/6 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings. Hammel will do battle against the Diamondbacks in Arizona the next time he starts.
May 20 - 1:07 AM

Jason Hammel allowed only one run in eight innings for a no-decision as the Cubs walked off winners versus the Mets on Wednesday.

Hammel nearly out-dueled opposing starter Matt Harvey, giving up only five hits and a walk while striking out six. The Mets plated their only run in the sixth inning on a Michael Cuddyer ground out. With Wednesday's effort, Hammel lowered his ERA to 3.11 with a 0.99 WHIP and a 41/6 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings. He'll try for more of the same when he toes the rubber against the Padres in San Diego next.
May 13 - 10:54 PM

Jason Hammel pitched well in Friday's victory over the Brewers, allowing just two runs on five hits over seven strong innings.

Hammel whiffed eight on the night while walking three. He departed with a comfortable lead and the Cubs bullpen was able to hang on by a thread to preserve his victory. Hammel now sits at 3-1 on the season with a 3.52 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 35/5 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings. He'll look to carry over this strong effort when he takes on the Mets on Wednesday.
May 8 - 11:32 PM

Jason Hammel allowed three runs on five hits over six innings in Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Hammel struck out three and walked one here, with the Brewers tagging the 32-year-old right-hander with a solo home run by Aramis Ramirez in the second inning, an RBI-single by Carlos Gomez in the third and a sacrifice fly by Khris Davis in the fourth. Hammel's control has been impeccable through five starts--Sunday's walk was just the second he's issued this season. He boasts a 26/2 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings, pairing that with a 3.73 ERA and 1.01 ERA. He'll take those numbers against the Brewers again in his next start.
May 3 - 7:01 PM

Jason Hammel earned the win on Monday after blanking the Cubs over eight innings.

Despite solid peripherals, Hammel carried a 5.19 ERA over three starts entering the night. He dominated the Pirates, holding them to just four hits (all singles) without issuing a walk and striking out seven. He lowered his ERA to 3.55 and boasts a 1.03 WHIP with a 23/1 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings. Hammel will search for his third win of the season at home against the Brewers in his next start.
Apr 27 - 10:38 PM

Jason Hammel took the loss on a snowy night against the Pirates, yielding four runs (three earned) in five innings.

It couldn't have been fun to pitch given the weather conditions in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. He issued a solo home run to Gregory Polanco in the fifth inning, accounting for one of the six hits the Pirates tallied against the right-hander. He walked none and struck out five. Hammel will try to improve on his 5.19 ERA when he takes on the Pirates again in his next start at home.
Apr 22 - 10:43 PM

Jason Hammel was charged with four runs over 6 1/3 frames in Friday's loss to the Padres.

Hammel was pulled in the seventh inning with two runners on and a 4-2 lead before watching Brian Schlitter serve up a three-run dinger to Wil Myers. The right-hander struck out five on the day, yielding seven hits and one walk. Hammels boasts an 11/1 K/BB ratio through his first 12 1/3 innings, suggesting that his 5.11 ERA is likely to come down in a hurry. He takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh next.
Apr 17 - 5:42 PM

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C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Addison Russell
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
3Mike Baxter
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
7Donn Roach
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6James Russell
7Edwin Jackson
8Zac Rosscup
9Travis Wood