Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Last season Jason Hammel turned in a career year despite starting only 20 games. I wrote about him in the preseason and have targeted him in all my leagues this year. However, in two starts this year (12.2 IP), Hammel has turned in a very strange stat line.While his 0.87 WHIP is sparking, his 4.97 ERA is far from it. In fact, Hammel is the only qualified pitcher so far this year to have an ERA above 4.00 and a WHIP under 1.00. But the strangest stat of all is the fact that Hammel has only struck out just five batters, good for a pathetic 3.55 K/9.I realize that two starts is a very small sample size, and it would be ridiculous to think that his K/9 stays this low. The last qualified starter to finish the year with a K/9 worse than 3.55 was Livan Hernandez back in 2008, and I would be shocked if Hammel doesn’t manage to increase his strikeout rate. The real question is will he strike out batters closer to his career line (6.53 K/9) or his breakout 2012 season (8.62 K/9)?Hammel’s pitc...
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