Sunday, March 18, 2012

This Afternoon; Wada and Hammel

This afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves played to a 2-2, 10-inning tie in Buena Vista, FL.

The positive news on the afternoon involved Tsuyoshi Wada, who made his first appearance of Spring Training, and gave up one run in two innings of work. He also struck out three batters.

Wada does not throw particularly hard; however, his location was spot on when he pitched.

Also, pitcher Jason Hammel – who started the game for Baltimore – threw well, as he went 4 2/3 innings and gave up only a run. He struck out five on the afternoon and walked one. So far, Hammel has a 1.86 ERA this spring.

Right now, Hammel has pitched relatively well. You can not read too much into Spring Training stats, but things do look promising with the pitcher. He has pitched in the American League East before, as a former member of the Tampa organization, so we as fans should know what he can do. It will be interesting where he ends up in the rotation, and if he can have better luck than Jeremy Guthrie did in the ‘veteran’s role’.

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