Hammel (1-6) gave up three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Yankees. Facing the Bronx Bombers for the second straight outing, the veteran right-hander put together a much better effort but got out-dueled by Luis Severino. The seven strikeouts were a season high for Hammel and the quality start was his third of 2017, giving him a flicker of momentum heading into Monday's home start against the Tigers.
Hammel (1-5) gave up five runs on nine hits and a walk over six innings in Tuesday's 7-1 loss to the Yankees. He failed to strike out a batter. Both Gary Sanchez and Chris Carter took him deep as Hammel was charged with at least five runs for the third time in his last four starts. His 6.20 ERA on the season has been partially the result of bad luck, as both his .365 BABIP and 66.2 percent strand rate are due for some positive regression, but there's no hiding his 3.8 BB/9 (Hammel's worst since he became a full-time starter in 2009) or 1.3 HR/9. He'll make his next trip to the mound Sunday on the road against the Twins.
Hammel (1-4) was tagged for seven runs (six earned) on 13 hits and a walk over seven innings in Wednesday's 12-1 loss to the Rays. He struck out six. The right-hander took one for the team and helped save some wear and tear on the bullpen, as Tampa scored runs against him in four different innings. Hammel will take a 5.97 ERA and 1.76 WHIP into his next start Tuesday at home against the Yankees.
Hammel (1-3) tossed six quality innings, allowing just one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six in Friday's win over Cleveland. Hammel's first victory as a Royal ended a six-start winless streak dating back to Sept. 19. According to ESPN.com, he worked out of the stretch exclusively for the first time in his career, and based on the results, it certainly won't be the last. The right-hander opted to ditch the windup in hopes of simplifying his delivery and achieving better results. "It's something I had experimented with on the side and just committed to it," Hammel said. "In the windup, there are a lot of pieces that have to go right, a lot of moving parts and the timing is going to be everything. With the stretch, everything is up and down, two movements up and down and you're going to the plate." The 34-year-old veteran will look to duplicate Friday's effort when he takes the hill again Wednesday in Tampa Bay.
Hammel is expected to be more aggressive and attack the zone in his next start Friday against the Indians, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The team's $16 million offseason addition is 0-3 with a 6.65 ERA through five starts. Royals manager Ned Yost said he believes Hammel's "stuff is good," but that the right-hander has yet to consistently command his pitches. The skipper also noted that Hammel likes to work around the edge of the plate too much, leading him to fall behind in counts. After dealing with elbow tightness last September with the Cubs, the 34-year-old cannot blame his poor performance on health issues. "He's fine," Yost said. "His velocity is good. Changeup is good. Slider is good. He's just too fine with his location."
|@ PROGRESSIVE FIELD||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|