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Who Are Ya: Jason Hammel

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Jason Hammel takes on R.A. Dickey tonight as the Blue Jays try to keep the good times rolling. Hammel hasn't been very good this year pitching to a 5.24 ERA and a 5.07 FIP with ugly strikeout and walk rates combined with a fair .304 BABIP. He does have seven wins in 14 starts, which shows you how stupid that stat is.

Hammel mainly throws four-seamers, sinkers, and sliders, with the occasional changeup and curveball. His hard stuff sits mid-90's, while his slider and changeup sit in the mid-80's. His introduction of a sinker really helped Hammel have a solid 2012 campaign, but similar pitch usages in 2013 has failed to produce similar results:

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Hammel's fastball looks to be pretty hit-able (and it has been) to left handers as it's rarely thrown down in the zone, usually ending up elevated on the outer half:434628_l_fa__2013_40_14_0_20130612_medium

via www.fangraphs.com

Should Lind Play: YES

Hammel is a righty and lefties have had success against him. A mainly fastball pitcher against Adam Lind (and Colby Rasmus) is the perfect situation.

Here's my lineup:

  1. Cabrera LF
  2. Bautista RF
  3. Lind DH
  4. Encarnacion 1B
  5. Rasmus CF
  6. DeRosa 3B
  7. Thole C
  8. Izturis 2B
  9. Kawasaki SS
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This is a good match-up for the Blue Jays and a good opportunity to keep the streak alive.