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. 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.
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. 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.
Hammel (hand) is in the lineup as the starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports. 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.
Hammel (hand) has been announced as the starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Rangers, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports. Hammel exited his final first half start with cramping in his right hand, but it appears the setback will not cost him any further action. The Cubs' lineup for Saturday's contest will provide final confirmation on whether or not Hammel will be able to take his turn as scheduled.
Hammel (7-5) allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out six over five innings, but received no decision Thursday against the Braves. After giving up a two-run homer, Hammel settled down and held the Braves scoreless until he had to leave the game with cramps in his pitching hand. He left the game with a 2-0 deficit, and was on the hook for a potential loss until the Cubs' offense came up with a three-run eighth inning. Although he hasn't posted a win since June 4, he still has a respectable 3.46 ERA along with a 1.13 WHIP on the year. As long as his injury checks out well, as expected, he'll make his next start after the All-Star break.