Baltimore Orioles: Former Bird Jason Hammel on the bump
Jake Arrieta isn’t the only former member of the Baltimore Orioles starting for the Chicago Cubs. Jason Hammel is also on their roster, and he’s starting today (as we speak, in fact) for the southsiders against St. Louis. Chicago leads the NLDS series two games to one, which makes this an elimination game.
Many O’s fans are a little bitter when they see Arrieta having the success he’s having in Chicago, and I’m sure that to a lesser degree the same is true regarding Hammel. However as I’ve said in the past, I think that everyone involved should be happy for them. Regardless of why things didn’t work out with the O’s, the fact is that they didn’t work out. So them not being in Baltimore any longer is in that sense a good thing.
The world moves only forward and never back. Hammel isn’t on the mound today wondering what could have been in Baltimore. He’s trying to land the Cubbies in the NLCS. And I for one am in his corner. Hammel of course came to the Birds in 2012 via trade, and solidified himself as a solid starter for the O’s. He played a big role in getting the Orioles to the playoffs that year, and signed in Chicago after a lackluster 2013 season.
He was traded to Oakland during the 2014 season, but returned to the southside as a free agent in 2015. He obviously gained some good postseason experience with the Orioles, and last year in Oakland as well. (As well as previously in Colorado.) His hope is to help the Cubbies break the 100+ year curse that’s hovered over their franchise.
For what it’s worth, as I’m writing this Hammel and Chicago trail 2-0 and someone’s warming up in the ‘pen. But it’s early yet. Either way, it’s nice to see another former Oriole having success.
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