Pregame Notes: Hammel takes the mound for Cubs vs D’backs


Apr 16, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher

Jason Hammel

(39) pitches against the New York Yankees during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

What’s going on Chicago Cubs fans? Today the Cubbies take the field against the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second game in this four game home series. It’s relieving to know that the Cubs can gain some serious ground in the National League Central as they’re taking on one of the worst teams in the National League itself.

Now taking the mound today for the Cubs will be right-hander Jason Hammel. Hammel (2-1, 3.05 ERA), currently leads the Cubs pitching staff with two wins, WHIP with 0.73 and is in third when it comes to ERA. He took on the New York Yankees in his previous outing and made it through seven innings of work, giving up a home run as he was charged with three earned runs off five hits which resulted in his first loss of the season.

Hopefully the bullpen will be able to contain Arizona’s lineup if he has the lead whenever he’s pulled. Or you know, hope he’s able to have a solid enough outing to pick up a complete game and a win.

Starting opposite of Hammel is right-handed veteran Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy (0-3, 7.11 ERA) has been picked apart by opposing batters as he’s been tagged for 30 hits and 20 earned runs with six of those hits being home runs. He’s given up a long-ball in each of his previous four starts, three being a season high against the Colorado Rockies on April 5.

Here’s a quick look at the visiting team’s lineup:

Now a look at the starting lineup for your 2014 Chicago Cubs:

ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers is reporting that it’s absolutely freezing out there on the field.