Jason Hammel Quietly Gains Respect of Fantasy Owners

Jason Hammel

Jason Hammel has quietly become the type of pitcher a team can depend on and he has become an option in NL-Only Leagues and deep mixed leagues. On Tuesday night, Hammel was solid for the first six innings and didn’t allow a run until the seventh inning when Jerry Hairston led off with a home run in a victory over the NL West leading San Diego Padres. Hammel was charged with two more runs after leaving the game with nobody out and two runners on. He allowed three runs on seven hits, a walk and struck out seven in six innings to pick up his sixth win.

There was a stretch in June that Hammel pitched 22 2/3 scoreless innings while earning four wins in six opportunities this month. His 4.32 ERA is not that impressive, but the 6 wins and 60 strikeouts are enough to take a chance on him. Take a look at the free agent list in your league. My guess is that you will find Jason Hammel available.

In other fantasy news from Tuesday…..

  • With Jair Jurrjens returning from the disabled list, Kris Medlen will remain in the Braves rotation and Kenshin Kawakami is headed to the bullpen.
  • Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs in the Cubs rare victory over the Pirates. Both home runs were solo shots, but we could have just seen the beginning of one of Soriano’s patented hot streaks.
  • Prince Fielder hit his  9th and 10th home runs of June. Fielder also had three RBI. This was Fielder’s second three RBI game of the season with the other coming April 22nd.
  • Albert Pujols hit 2 two-run home runs in the Cardinals win over the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • The St. Louis Cardinals placed David Freese on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with an ankle sprain that he suffered June 5th.  Freese has been struggling since the injury occurred and the club has not said when Freese will return.
  • Dan Haren  said that he would “like to play here again” when asked about the possibility of him joining the Cardinals by the trade deadline.
  • The Rockies recalled Dexter Fowler on Tuesday. Fowler had a successful stint at Triple-A, but Fowler has been very inconsistent at the major league level. Before rushing out to acquire Fowler in your league, use the wait and see approach.
  • Homer Baily threw 30 pitches off a flat surface this week without a problem. Bailey hopes to throw off a bullpen mound a couple times before the All-Star break.