- Hammel continued his dominant 2012 campaign Friday night against Washington, allowing just one unearned run in eight innings. He struck out ten without issuing a walk and improved his ERA to 2.61. Hammel has been able to succeed by implementing his two-seam more often, which has lead to career best ground ball rate (53.1 percent). Furthermore, he is throwing harder than in seasons past averaging a career best 93.6 mph on his fastball. While benefitting from an above average strand rate (79 percent), Hammelís below average BABIP (.267) might be skill-induced considering his 16 percent line drive rate is the third lowest among qualified starting pitchers. Owners should not expect him to finish the season with an ERA below 3.00, but there should be little doubt he can post a strong strikeout rate and keep his ERA within the 3.10 to 3.30 range for the rest of the season.
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