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Jason Hammel
ERA W-L K
3.83 15-10 144
Team: Chi CubsHt / Wt: 6-6 / 225 NFBC ADP: 230.03
Position: SPBorn: 9/2/1982 Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: 10th Round by Devil Rays (2002)


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Nov. 6 3:11 PM PT4:11 PM MT5:11 PM CT6:11 PM ET18:11 ET23:11 GMT7:11 4:11 PM MST6:11 PM EST6:41 PM VEN3:11 UAE (+1)5:11 PM CT-The Cubs have declined Hammel's $12 million option for next season, instead giving the 15-game winner a $2 million buyout.
Analysis: Hammel was left off the 2016 World Series champions' roster for all of the postseason despite compiling a 15-10 record and a 3.83 ERA in 30 starts. While the 34-year-old will draw some interest in a weak free-agent market, the Cubs will move on with Mike Montgomery likely taking his rotation spot.
Oct. 7 5:03 PM PT6:03 PM MT7:03 PM CT8:03 PM ET20:03 ET0:03 GMT8:03 5:03 PM MST7:03 PM EST7:33 PM VEN4:03 UAE (+1)7:03 PM CT-Hammel was left off the Cubs' NLDS roster after he had a career-best 15 wins this year.
Analysis: Hammel didn't make the postseason rotation and was hampered by right elbow tightness at the end of the year.
Sep. 29 12:59 PM PT1:59 PM MT2:59 PM CT3:59 PM ET15:59 ET19:59 GMT3:59 12:59 PM MST2:59 PM EST3:29 PM VEN23:59 UAE2:59 PM CT-Hammel has been scratched from his Friday start due to elbow tightness.
Analysis: Hammel hasn't been that great lately and appears to be on his way off the postseason roster.
Sep. 24 2:13 PM PT3:13 PM MT4:13 PM CT5:13 PM ET17:13 ET21:13 GMT5:13 2:13 PM MST4:13 PM EST4:43 PM VEN1:13 UAE (+1)4:13 PM CT-Hammel may have officially pitched his way out of a spot on the Cubs' playoff roster, allowing six runs in 2 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.
Analysis: Hammel now has an 11.85 ERA in his three September losses and has served up six homers over 20 2/3 innings this month. His final start of the season may come Thursday in Pittsburgh. He has a 2.04 ERA in winning his three starts against the Pirates this season.
Sep. 19 8:27 PM PT9:27 PM MT10:27 PM CT11:27 PM ET23:27 ET3:27 GMT11:27 8:27 PM MST10:27 PM EST10:57 PM VEN7:27 UAE (+1)10:27 PM CT-Hammel earned his 15th win by holding the Reds to two runs and four hits over seven solid innings Monday.
Analysis: A much-needed showing for the struggling right-hander, who entered the contest 1-4 with an ugly 8.61 ERA over his previous five starts. On the flip side, Hammel has now won seven straight starts at Wrigley Field and is 10-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 14 home starts. His next outing comes at home Sunday against St. Louis.
Sep. 7 7:46 AM PT8:46 AM MT9:46 AM CT10:46 AM ET10:46 ET14:46 GMT22:46 7:46 AM MST9:46 AM EST10:16 AM VEN18:46 UAE9:46 AM CT-Hammel was pounded for nine runs and 13 hits over 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.
Analysis: Hammel is struggling down the stretch, going 1-3 with a 9.35 ERA over his last four starts. Hammel allowed more runs to the Brewers in the first inning Tuesday than he had in any of his 14 previous career outings against them; he entered with at 10-1 with a 2.50 ERA against Milwaukee.
Sep. 1 10:24 AM PT11:24 AM MT12:24 PM CT1:24 PM ET13:24 ET17:24 GMT1:24 10:24 AM MST12:24 PM EST12:54 PM VEN21:24 UAE12:24 PM CT-Hammel got back on the winning track Wednesday as he gave up a run and three hits in six innings against Pittsburgh, walking three and striking out six.
Analysis: The right-hander had pitched a combined 5 2/3 innings over his previous two starts and lost both, giving up 15 hits and 13 runs - nine earned. Both games were on the road, and Hammel's next scheduled start is Tuesday in Milwaukee. However, he's 10-1 with a 2.50 ERA against the Brewers and shut them out for seven innings in a win last month.
Aug. 22 9:11 AM PT10:11 AM MT11:11 AM CT12:11 PM ET12:11 ET16:11 GMT0:11 9:11 AM MST11:11 AM EST11:41 AM VEN20:11 UAE11:11 AM CT-Hammel's six-start winning streak came to a crashing end Sunday in Colorado, where the former Rockie was battered for 10 runs - six earned - and 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings.
Analysis: Hammel had been on a sensational run leading up to Sunday's debacle, yielding a mere four runs and 22 hits through 38 innings in his first six outings after the All-Star break. The right-hander will work in a more pitcher-friendly environment when he next takes the mound Friday at Dodger Stadium.
Aug. 17 10:43 AM PT11:43 AM MT12:43 PM CT1:43 PM ET13:43 ET17:43 GMT1:43 10:43 AM MST12:43 PM EST1:13 PM VEN21:43 UAE12:43 PM CT-Hammel allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings in the Cubs' 4-1 win over the Brewers on Tuesday night to sweep a doubleheader.
Analysis: Hammel has won a career-best six straight starts, posting a 0.95 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 38 innings and has permitted two runs or less in eight of his last nine outings. He'll make his next start Sunday at Colorado.
Aug. 11 1:22 PM PT2:22 PM MT3:22 PM CT4:22 PM ET16:22 ET20:22 GMT4:22 1:22 PM MST3:22 PM EST3:52 PM VEN0:22 UAE (+1)3:22 PM CT-Hammel won his career-best fifth straight start, pitching four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, and Chicago beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Wednesday night for their season-high ninth straight win.
Analysis: Since being tagged for 10 runs in four innings against the Mets on July 1, Hammel is 5-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last six starts. His next outing comes Tuesday afternoon against the Brewers, a team he limited to two runs in a 5-2 win July 22.
Aug. 3 8:12 AM PT9:12 AM MT10:12 AM CT11:12 AM ET11:12 ET15:12 GMT23:12 8:12 AM MST10:12 AM EST10:42 AM VEN19:12 UAE10:12 AM CT-Hammel has been reinstated from the bereavement/family medical emergency list. The right-hander is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Angels.
Analysis: Hammel had been away from the team for nearly a week due to a death in the family. He last pitched on Aug. 2, tossing six scoreless innings against Miami to pick up his career-high 11th win.
Aug. 2 8:52 PM PT9:52 PM MT10:52 PM CT11:52 PM ET23:52 ET3:52 GMT11:52 8:52 PM MST10:52 PM EST11:22 PM VEN7:52 UAE (+1)10:52 PM CT-Hammel picked up a career-high 11th win Tuesday, beating the Marlins 3-2. The right-hander allowed four hits over six scoreless innings.
Analysis: Hammel has posted a 1.50 ERA while winning four consecutive starts.
July 28 7:40 AM PT8:40 AM MT9:40 AM CT10:40 AM ET10:40 ET14:40 GMT22:40 7:40 AM MST9:40 AM EST10:10 AM VEN18:40 UAE9:40 AM CT-Hammel won his third straight start Wednesday and tied his career high with his 10th victory. The right-hander allowed one run and five hits while striking out seven in seven innings against the White Sox.
Analysis: Hammel has a 2.35 ERA in his last four starts, striking out 24 over 23 innings.
July 22 8:43 PM PT9:43 PM MT10:43 PM CT11:43 PM ET23:43 ET3:43 GMT11:43 8:43 PM MST10:43 PM EST11:13 PM VEN7:43 UAE (+1)10:43 PM CT-Hammel (9-5) allowed four hits and two runs over five-plus innings for his second victory since the All-Star break for NL Central-leading Chicago in Friday's win over the Brew Crew.
Analysis: Hammel is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in his last three starts, however, he's not completed more than six innings in any of those outings.
July 16 2:36 PM PT3:36 PM MT4:36 PM CT5:36 PM ET17:36 ET21:36 GMT5:36 2:36 PM MST4:36 PM EST5:06 PM VEN1:36 UAE (+1)4:36 PM CT-Hammel earned his first win since June 4 when he allowed a run in six innings of Saturday's 3-1 victory over Texas.
Analysis: The victory also snapped a six-game Chicago losing streak in games started by Hammel.
July 7 8:33 PM PT9:33 PM MT10:33 PM CT11:33 PM ET23:33 ET3:33 GMT11:33 8:33 PM MST10:33 PM EST11:03 PM VEN7:33 UAE (+1)10:33 PM CT-Hammel exited Thursday's start against Atlanta in the sixth inning due to a cramp in his right hand.
Analysis: Hammel gave up a two-run homer to Nick Markakis in the first inning but had retired 11 straight hitters before walking Gordon Beckham to begin the sixth. He was then replaced by Travis Wood with the Cubs trailing 2-0.
July 2 9:21 PM PT10:21 PM MT11:21 PM CT12:21 AM ET0:21 ET4:21 GMT12:21 9:21 PM MST11:21 PM EST11:51 PM VEN8:21 UAE11:21 PM CT-The Mets rocked Hammel for 10 runs and nine hits - five homers - in four-plus innings of Friday's 10-2 defeat.
Analysis: Hammel is 0-4 with a 6.35 ERA and allowed nine home runs in his last five starts.
June 16 11:50 AM PT12:50 PM MT1:50 PM CT2:50 PM ET14:50 ET18:50 GMT2:50 11:50 AM MST1:50 PM EST2:20 PM VEN22:50 UAE1:50 PM CT-Hammel was dominant against the Nationals on Wednesday despite not getting a win, giving a run and five hits with no walks in seven innings.
Analysis: It was the 10th time in 13 starts that Hammel has yielded no more than two runs. He's winless in a season-high two straight outings despite not issuing a walk in either one.
June 5 10:37 AM PT11:37 AM MT12:37 PM CT1:37 PM ET13:37 ET17:37 GMT1:37 10:37 AM MST12:37 PM EST1:07 PM VEN21:37 UAE12:37 PM CT-Hammel yielded one hit - a two-run homer in the first inning - and struck out six Diamondbacks over seven frames to improve to 7-1.
Analysis: Hammel continues to do stupendous work this season, as he's recorded a 2.14 ERA in 11 starts while holding opposing hitters to a .200 average and allowing just four homers in 63 innings.
May 30 3:41 PM PT4:41 PM MT5:41 PM CT6:41 PM ET18:41 ET22:41 GMT6:41 3:41 PM MST5:41 PM EST6:11 PM VEN2:41 UAE (+1)5:41 PM CT-Hammel left Monday's game after his right hamstring cramped while he warmed up for the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Joe Maddon had heard of no issues with RHP Jason Hammel after he left Monday's game with right hamstring cramping.
Analysis: Hammel had pitched two innings in the scoreless game, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out three. He entered the game 6-1 and ranked fifth in the majors with a 2.17 ERA. He had allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his nine starts.
May 25 11:37 AM PT12:37 PM MT1:37 PM CT2:37 PM ET14:37 ET18:37 GMT2:37 11:37 AM MST1:37 PM EST2:07 PM VEN22:37 UAE1:37 PM CT-Hammel pitched 7 1/3 strong innings and hit a two-run double in a 12-3 rout of St. Louis on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Hammel (6-1, 2.17 ERA) bounced back from his only loss this season by yielding one run. He gave up four in six innings in a 5-3 defeat in Milwaukee on May 19.
May 20 3:11 PM PT4:11 PM MT5:11 PM CT6:11 PM ET18:11 ET22:11 GMT6:11 3:11 PM MST5:11 PM EST5:41 PM VEN2:11 UAE (+1)5:11 PM CT-Hammel suffered his first loss of the season Thursday, a 5-3 defeat in Milwaukee.
Analysis: Hammel (5-1, 2.31 ERA) gave up four runs in six innings after posting a 1.77 ERA in his first seven outings.
May 14 8:44 AM PT9:44 AM MT10:44 AM CT11:44 AM ET11:44 ET15:44 GMT23:44 8:44 AM MST10:44 AM EST11:14 AM VEN19:44 UAE10:44 AM CT-Hammel moved to 5-0 on Friday.
Analysis: Hammel allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings and felt his fastball command was key as he lowered his ERA to 1.77.
May 3 12:08 PM PT1:08 PM MT2:08 PM CT3:08 PM ET15:08 ET19:08 GMT3:08 12:08 PM MST2:08 PM EST2:38 PM VEN23:08 UAE2:08 PM CT-Hammel's ERA rose to 1.24 after entering the game with a NL-leading 0.75 mark
Analysis: Hammel gave up two runs and five hits in five-plus innings with three strikeouts and one walk. His streak of five straight starts of allowing one run or fewer ended.
Apr. 25 12:15 PM PT1:15 PM MT2:15 PM CT3:15 PM ET15:15 ET19:15 GMT3:15 12:15 PM MST2:15 PM EST2:45 PM VEN23:15 UAE2:15 PM CT-Hammel pitched six sharp innings and the Chicago Cubs routed the Cincinnati Reds 9-0 on Sunday to improve to 14-5 for the first time in 47 years.
Analysis: Hammel looks like a Cy Young candidate with a 0.75 ERA and 3-0 mark with 22 strikeouts.

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