Is Jason Hammel for real?
I've been a bit critical in analyzing the contending Baltimore Orioles and whether they are capable of sustaining their fine start, mainly because it's tough to buy into their starting pitching in baseball's toughest division. However, when it comes to right-hander Jason Hammel, freed from what has to be the most frustrating place to pitch (Coors Field), his numbers don't scream fluke.
Hammel is scheduled to face ballyhooed right-hander Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, and while many would simply assume Weaver is having the superior season and is far more deserving of an All-Star spot, whatever glorification that really holds, perhaps that's not so. After all, entering Wednesday, Hammel ranks 15th among starting pitchers on ESPN's Player Rater this season, while Weaver is 16th.
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