Jason Hammel quieted the concerns about his right hand with an excellent outing Saturday at Miller Park. Hammel pitched seven innings of shutout ball and kept a very good Brewers offense guessing all afternoon.
The Cubs are looking for Jason Hammel to be this season’s version of Paul Maholm and Scott Feldman and he could net the Cubs a couple of very good young players in the next two months. But Hammel does not want to play into the trade talk according to a report from Comcast SportsNet.
Hammel told the beat writers he loves pitching for the Cubs and he just wants “to pitch and compete” as he has to this point of the season.
Jason Hammel is healthy for the first time in a couple of seasons and he credits adjustments he’s made and learning how to pitch as the reasons for his success.
The Cubs are looking for as much young pitching as possible in return for Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija. And while the Cubs asking price on Samardzija remains very high, a team like the Blue Jays could turn to the Cubs for Hammel instead. The Jays would be able to keep their top two pitching prospects and still add a good starter to their rotation.
Jason Hammel signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs in the off-season that includes a $1 million incentives package. By rule, the Cubs cannot trade Hammel until June 16 after signing him in the off-season.
News and Notes
According to ESPN Stats, only Hall of Famers Ron Santo, Ernie Banks and Billy Williams hit more home runs before their 25th birthday in a Cubs uniform than Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo hit No. 47 and No. 48 on Saturday.
Rick Renteria was thinking about giving Starlin Castro a day off on Sunday. Castro lobbied and his manager agreed to leave him in the starting lineup for Sunday’s finale against the Brewers.
Anthony Rizzo is a different hitter according to a report from ESPN Chicago.
Dan Bernstein reported on Saturday night that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is still on board with the Wrigley restoration and any alteration to the bullpen doors was expected. According to Bernstein’s sources, the Cubs have ordered steel. This will be one of the huge stories in the coming week.
Minor News and Notes
Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the Smokies loss on Saturday. Over the last 10 games, Bryant hit .485/.614/1.061 with four doubles, five home runs, 11 walks, nine strikeouts and a 1.674 OPS. Bryant finished May with a .407/.492/.806 slash line with seven doubles, 12 home runs, 17 walks, 32 strikeouts (108 at bats, 29 games) and a 1.298 OPS.
Arismendy Alcantara’s six game hitting streak ended on Saturday with a 0-for-4 performance against the Sounds. Over last 10 games, Arismendy Alcantara hit .324/.378/.824/1.202 with one double, two triples and four home runs.
Peter Gammons was told that RHP Tyler Beede will not slip out of the top 10 picks in the draft.
This Day In Cubstory
2012 – Cubs claimed Jose Asencio off waivers from the Indians
2005 – Derrek Lee raised his batting average to .380 with five hits, including a home run, in a 9-5 victory over the Dodgers
2001 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Jae Kuk Ryu
1995 – Cubs released Felix Jose
1995 – Cubs selected Kerry Wood with the fourth overall pick in the draft. Wood signed on July 28
1995 – Cubs selected Adam Everett in the fourth round of the draft
1993 – Cubs traded Heathcliff Slocumb to the Indians for Jose Hernandez
1992 – Cubs selected Derek Wallace with the 11th overall pick in the draft
1992 – Cubs selected Brant Brown in the third round of the draft
1988 – Cubs selected Kevin Roberson in the 16th round of the draft
1982 – Cubs signed free agent Jay Johnstone
1981 – Carlos Zambrano, born
1966 – Ron Santo will go on to establish a modern-day Cubs mark by hitting in 28 consecutive games went hitless the day after the streak began. Santo was walked four times and hit by a pitch, not having an official at bat, the hitless day would not count against his streak.
1942 – Randy Hundley, born
1942 – Cubs selected Jimmie Foxx off waivers from the Red Sox
1919 – Hippo Vaughn went 3-for-3 and drove in the winning run in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis