When the Orioles traded starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies for pitchers Jason Hammel and Lindstrom, many wondered how the team would carry on without Guthrie, who was their ace -- mostly by default -- for five years. Turns out Hammel is a more than capable replacement, using a newly honed two-seam fastball to put up a 5-1 record and 3.12 ERA. Is it the case of a guy with a career 4.86 ERA getting lucky? So far Hammel has struck out 46 batters in 49 innings, a rate that shows there may be a little more than luck involved.
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