Two seasons ago, the Cubs dealt Jason Hammel to the Athletics just before he went into an extended tailspin. Last year, they weren't so lucky, as Hammel, who re-signed with the Cubs in the offseason, stuck around for a drought that lasted for nearly three full months. Hammel departed a July 8 start against the Cardinals due to pain behind his left knee, and while he remained in the rotation, he was never the same. He made it through six innings only twice in his subsequent 14 starts and compiled a 5.10 ERA over that stretch. Perhaps with better health, Hammel can restore his relevance in standard mixed leagues, but inconsistency makes him a late-rounder at best.
Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel will start Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Mets on Wednesday, per Jess Rogers of ESPN Chicago. Hammel had already been considered the likely option rather than Jon Lester on short rest, but the Cubs have now made the decision official. He'll either be looking to keep the season alive or try to knot up the series at 2-2.
Hammel is "likely" to start Game 4 of the NLCS for the Cubs, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports. Hammel was in line to either see the start in Game 3 or Game 4, but the Cubs decided to go with Kyle Hendricks in Game 3. With the announcement that he'll pitch Game 4, it's highly improbable that Hammel will receive another start during the NLCS.
Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel will pitch in either Game 3 or Game 4 of the NLCS, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports. Manager Joe Maddon hasn't decided on his Game 3 starter yet, but it's probably more likely to be Kyle Hendricks than Hammel, who struggled in the NLDS clincher. Even if he doesn't get the call in Game 3, Hammel will still start Game 4.
Hammel will start Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday against the Cardinals, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Hammel looked strong in his final outing of the regular season, tossing five shutout innings with five strikeouts and no walks to end the year with a 3.74 ERA. Barring an emergency relief appearance in Monday's Game 3, he'll take the hill Tuesday for the fourth playoff start of his career.
Cubs starter Jason Hammel lasted just four innings Saturday, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out two. Hammel has just one quality start in five September outings, and Hammel's 6.46 ERA on the month could cost him a spot in the postseason rotation, should the Cubs make it past the wild card game. He'll get one more chance to turn things around Thursday in Cincinnati.