Thursday, September 18, 2014

Eye on Jason Hammel

Just returned from the Coliseum, where the Oakland A's were thumped, and swept, by the cellar-dwelling Texas Rangers. I tweeted extensively about the game (a 7-2 loss) here:

Feel free to peruse that page; I won't rehash(tag) my game-time observations here. Needless to say, the negatives far outweighed the positives. But there were, in fact, a couple positives: Sam Fuld smacked a double and a triple and drove in two runs; and Jason Hammel, who will miss his next start because he's reportedly leaving the team today to attend the birth of his second child, pitched three scoreless innings of relief.

Hammel, who Oakland acquired with Jeff Samardzija back on July 4, is an interesting story. In his first four games with the A's, Hammel's ERA was a surprising, and unsightly, 9.53. And then, as July turned into August, Hammel turned into the pitcher the A's thought they were getting. Over his next seven starts, his ERA was 2.81, and although he went 2-2 in those seven games, he pitched well enough to win five of them. My latest "Eye on the A's" report features Jason Hammel; just click the play button below:

Posted by C.S. Soong

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