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39 Jason Hammel SP
Height/Weight: 6-6/225 | Birthdate: 9/2/1982 | Birthplace: Greenville, SC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: Treasure Valley CC OR | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $6,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 94/63 | Average Draft Position: 222.81
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Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel strikes out nine in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel allowed four runs on five hits in seven innings of work in Chicago's 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday. 

Hammel allowed a run in the first inning, but had his most issues in the third. After allowing a leadoff triple to Nick Ahmed, Hammel gave up a run when pitcher Jeremy Hellickson hit a sac fly to center. Then, Hammel surrendered a two-run home run to Paul Goldschmidt. 

"(The Diamondbacks) are a very first-pitch fastball hitting team," Hammel said to the Chicago Tribune. "They ambushed a lot of them, and I started throwing sliders and the results were better."

Hammel, now 3-2, alos struck out nine with just one walk and moved his ERA to 2.98 on the year. He will look to get back on track on Saturday against the Royals.


Cubs' Jonathan Herrera gets start at second base


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Cubs infielder Jonathan Herrera will start at second base on Sunday for the Cubs with Addison Russell getting the day off. He will bat ninth, with starting pitcher Jason Hammel hitting eighth. 

Herrera is slashing .220/.238/.268 for the season. 

The rest of the Cubs' lineup is the same from Saturday. 


Cubs' Jason Hammel goes seven strong in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel put together another dominant outing but was unable to factor into the decision Tuesday night against the Padres.

Hammel allowed a run-scoring single to Yangervis Solarte in the fifth and another run-scoring single to Will Venable in the seventh for his only blemishes of the evening. He was charged with two runs -- none earned -- on three hits and no walks while striking out eight over seven innings of a 4-3 defeat. Of his 106 pitches, 76 were strikes.

Hammel has lowered his ERA from 5.19 to 2.70 on the year over his last five starts. He'll look for win No. 4 on Sunday at Arizona.


Cubs' Jason Hammel gives up 1 run in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel allowed only one run in eight innings during a no-decision effort in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Mets. 

Hammel struck out six batters and walked one. After a tough start to the season, Hammel has now allowed six earned runs in his past four games. 

Hammel was unable to earn the win as it was tied 1-1 entering the ninth. The Cubs won in the bottom half of the last inning, with reliever Hector Rondon getting the win. 

Hammel's next start is projected for May 19 against the Padres. 


Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel earns third win of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings of work to earn his third win of the season during Friday's 7-6 win over the Brewers.

Hammel struck out eight batters and walked three during the outing. His biggest mistake was serving up a solo home run to Khris Davis in the sixth inning. The eight strikeouts were a season high for Hammel.

Hammel (3-1) has not allowed more than three runs in five of his six starts this season and his ERA now stands at 3.52. His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Mets.


Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel not expected to miss start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel is not expected to miss a start this week after being bothered by a cracked nail on his middle finger during Sunday's game. 

Hammel allowed three runs on five hits in his start on Sunday against the Brewers, but did not factor into the final decision. He currently boasts a 3.73 ERA in 37 1/3 innings of work this season.


Cubs' Jason Hammel delivers quality start vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel wasn't a factor in the decision Sunday, allowing three earned runs on five hits and one walk in six innings while striking out four in his team's 5-3 loss to the Brewers.

Hammel served up a solo home run in the second inning and followed it up by giving up a run in the third and another in the fourth, but his offense was able to bail him out by scoring two runs in the fifth. It's the second straight quality start of the season for Hammel, who has allowed three earned runs or less in four of his five starts.

"My feel wasn't there," Hammel said to MLB.com. "Today was a battle, grind it out, and try to keep it close. ... I kept us in it but it could've been a lot better."

Hammel owns a 3.73 ERA and 27:2 K:BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings. He'll square off with the Brewers again Saturday, this time in Milwaukee.


Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel goes eight scoreless in win Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel worked eight scoreless innings in Chicago's 4-0 win over the Pirates Monday. Hammel worked a nearly perfect start, only allowing one baserunner to reach third base.

"It all comes off the fastball," Hammel said, per MLB.com. "If you can't locate the fastball, you're going to be in big trouble. For me, it's especially important. I have to use my tall frame and use the downhill plane — sinkerballers, we have to establish a strike zone first and then you get swings early after that. I just worked on getting glove side and making sure I’m in counts that will make me succeed."

In the fifth inning, Hammel allowed a single to Francisco Cervelli, then Jordy Mercer reached on an error, moving Cervelli to second. After a sacrifice got Cervelli to third, he was left stranded on a Josh Harrison strikeout, one of Hammel's seven in the game.

"He kept hammering the strike zone, getting the first hitter out," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "He was in control of the game."

Hammel, now 2-1, lowered his ERA to 3.55 on the year. He will look to keep rolling Sunday against the Brewers. 


Cubs announce rotation plans for series vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel will remain the scheduled starter for Monday's series-opening game agains the Pirates, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Inclement weather caused Saturday's scheduled game to be postponed, with scheduled starter Jake Arrieta being pushed to Sunday. Travis Wood, who was initially scheduled to start Sunday, will now make his start Tuesday against the Pirates, with Kyle Hendricks following him for the series finale Wednesday.


Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel allows four runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel allowed four runs, three earned, in five innings of work in Chicago's 4-3 loss to the Pirates Wednesday.

Hammel struggled early in the second, allowing three consecutive hits, leading to an RBI double for Francisco Cervelli. Then, Jung Ho Kang hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home another run. Hammel allowed another sacrifice fly in the third and then a home run to Gregory Polanco to lead off the fifth inning.

"It's one of those outings that leaves you scratching your head," Hammel said after the game, per MLB.com. "I thought I threw the ball well when I needed to and just got unlucky with some of the balls falling in."

Hammel, now 1-1 on the year, recorded five strikeouts with no walks in the start and boasts a 5.19 ERA. He will look to get back on track Monday against the Pirates again.


Win goes out the window in seventh for Cubs starter Hammel


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Cubs starter Jason Hammel had a shot to shut down San Diego on Friday and earn his second win of the season. But one mighty swing off the bat of Wil Myers against reliever Brian Schlitter wrecked that possibility.

Hammel was rolling along through six having yielded two runs on five hits. But back-to-back singles knocked him out of the game and eventually saddled him with a no-decision.

The two runs charged to him that inning raised his ERA to 5.11. Hammel will seek to lower it Wednesday at Pittsburgh.


Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel earns first win of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings of work Saturday in Chicago's 9-5 win over the Rockies.

Hammel, who also added six strikeouts and zero walks to his totals, was tagged early after Nolan Arenado homered to left center field, driving in Justin Morneau. After giving up another run in the third, Hammel settled down and kept the Rockies off the scoreboard.

He begins the year with a 4.50 ERA. Hammel will look to keep rolling Friday against the Padres.


Cubs' Jason Hammel stays sharp during long layoff


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel had his season debut pushed back to Saturday due to inclement weather, and it'll be his first time in action since April 1. He spend the long layoff looking to "stay sharp," the Chicago Tribune reports.

“We’re such habitual creatures that it depends on your routine," Hammel said. "So when your routine is messed up, what I try to do is not do too much. If you get a day (off) sometimes, take a day. And then I’ve thrown an extra time in the bullpen and off flat ground just to stay sharp with pitches. Other than that, I just make sure my body feels great or as close to normal as possible."

Hammel threw close to 100 pitches in his bullpen session Wednesday to help simulate a start.

"Other than that, I don't try to do too much," Hammel said. "You make sure you don’t get too rusty or dusty. I’m chomping. I want to get going."

The Cubs are underdogs (-102) in Saturday's game against the Rockies in Colorado, per Vegas Insider.


Injury not the reason Cubs' Hammel had first start pushed back


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon said pushing back Jason Hammel from Wednesday to Saturday following Tuesday's rainout had nothing to do with an injury, per MLB.com.

"Nobody's ill, nobody's hurt," Maddon said of the switch. "We just wanted to do it this way. It's really not complicated."

Hammel's last spring start was April 1 against the Brewers. He went 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA in six spring starts. He had 22 strikeouts to three walks in 25 innings.


Cubs push Arrieta to Wednesday following Tuesday's postponement


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, who was scheduled to start Tuesday, got pushed back to Wednesday against St. Louis due to Tuesday's postponement. He'll face Lance Lynn, according to ESPN.

Meanwhile, Jason Hammel was pushed back from Wednesday to Saturday. Travis Wood will take the mound on Friday in Colorado, followed by Hammel and Kyle Hendricks to round off Chicago's weekend series against the Rockies.


Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel tallies five strikeouts in spring finale


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel gave up one run on six hits in five innings of work Wednesday against the Brewers. Hammel, in his final start of spring training, added five strikeouts and didn't record a walk.

Hammel, who is projected to be the No. 3 starter in Chicago's rotation, finishes spring training with a 3.24 ERA and a team-high 22 strikeouts.


Hammel racks up nine Ks in strong start


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Cubs starter Jason Hammel was dominant Sunday against the Padres, striking out nine batters in five innings of work in what would be an eventual 6-1 win for the Padres.

Hammel allowed just three hits and no runs to lower his spring ERA to 3.86, crediting his work with catcher Miguel Montero for part of his success. 

"Montero and I are starting to develop a little bit of a rhythm so that's nice," Hammel told ESPN.com.

Hammel said his goal for this season is to throw 200 innings, something he has yet to do in his career. 

"That's always my main goal," he said. "If you pitch 200 innings, as you can see with the big dogs in the league, everything else falls in line. You can't pitch 200 innings with a 5.00 era. That's a No. 1 goal."


Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel strikes out three in win Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel posted his best appearance of spring training Tuesday, recording three strikeouts, no walks and just two hits over four innings.

Hammel, who struggled in his first two appearances, is only looking forward, reports MLB.com.

"I have plenty of confidence in myself to get it done and be ready and today was a step towards that," he said.


Cubs officially announce signing of SP Jason Hammel


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Cubs made the signing of starting pitcher Jason Hammel official on Friday, ESPN reports. According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Hammel signed a two-year deal worth $18 million on Monday. The deal includes a $10 million team option and a $2 million buyout for 2016.

Hammel posted a 8-5 record and 2.98 ERA with the Cubs last season before being traded to Oakland.


Cubs sign SP Jason Hammel to two-year, $18 million deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Cubs are bringing back starting pitcher Jason Hammel, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Hammel signed a two-year deal worth $18 million on Monday. The deal includes a $10 million team option and a $2 million buyout for 2016.

Hammel went 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA with the Cubs last season before he was traded to the Athletics. With the A's, he went 2-6 with a 4.26 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP over 13 appearances (12 starts).


Cubs, Jason Hammel close to deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Cubs are close to a deal with starting pitcher Jason Hammel, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Hammel posted a 8-5 record and 2.98 ERA with the Cubs last season before being traded to Oakland. He was thought to be looking for a three-year deal this offseason.


Marlins considering Justin Masterson, Jason Hammel


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Marlins are considering Justin Masterson and Jason Hammel, according to the Miami Herald

Hammel posted a 3.47 ERA over 176 1/3 innings split between the Cubs and A's. Masterson put up a 5.88 ERA over 128 2/3 innings with Cleveland and St. Louis. 


Royals focusing on Santana, Liriano and Hunter in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Royals appear to be focusing their free-agent efforts on starting pitchers Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano, as well as veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Royals could also consider free agent pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Edinson Volquez and Jason Hammel.


Yankees targeting mid-level starters to bolster 2015 rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The Yankees have their sights set on mid-level free agent pithers such as Brandon McCarthy and Jason Hammel as they try to bolster their rotation, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, who has also reported that they hope to bring back lefty Chris Capuano as well.

McCarthy thrived after landing with the Yankees in early July, recording a 7-5 mark and lowering his ERA from 5.01 to 4.05. Hammel finished 10-11 with a 3.47 ERA with the Cubs and Athletics combined.


Jason Hammel settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Athletics pitcher Jason Hammel pitched well in a no-decision Thursday night against the Rangers in Alrlington. Making his final start of the regular season, he allowed one run on five hits and no walks while striking out five over six innings of a 2-1 victory.

Hammel ends his 2014 campaign 10-11 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP over 176 1/3 innings of work. Hammel will get a chance to pitch in the postseason, if the A's advance past the AL Wild Card Game.