Tonight, Jason Hammel makes his return to the rotation for his first start since July. If you're just jumping on the bandwagon, or just plum forgot how awesome he was, a brief synopsis of Hammel's O's career:
- Hammel was acquired along with Matt Lindstrom from the Rockies for Jeremy Guthrie on February 6
- Hammel performed very well before sitting out a couple starts with knee problems between May 5 and May 14
- Hammel was pulled in the 3rd inning of his start against the Tigers on July 13
- Hammel was placed on the disabled list on July 14 and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee
- After embarking on a rehab program, Hammel threw 5 shutout innings, walking one and striking out 7 at Frederick on September 1
At the time Hammel went on the DL, he had an fWAR of 2.7 (which still leads Orioles pitchers) and an rWAR of 2.4; he has stuck out 106 batters in 109.1 innings and his 8.73 K/9 leads all Orioles starters; his groundball rate is presently 53.6%; his ERA/FIP/xFIP are a very solid 3.54/3.25/3.48; half of his 18 starts have been quality starts.
Some of Hammel's highlights from this season include:
- 10 strikeouts against the White Sox in 6 innings (4/19)
- 7 shutout innings against the Blue Jays, striking out 7, 5 baserunners allowed (4/25)
- 8 strikeouts in 6.2 innings, 5 baseunners allowed versus Boston (5/5)
- 6 shutout innings, 7 strikeouts against the Royals (5/25)
- A complete game, one hit shutout of the Braves, 8 strikeouts, 103 pitches, 3 baserunners (6/16)
- 10 strikeouts, 8 shutout innings, 93 pitches versus the Nationals (6/22)
Welcome back, buddy! We've missed you!