Hammel Primed for the Fifth Spot

Jason Hammel is pitching well at the right time.

With a decision looming about who will be the Rays’ No. 5 starter — Hammel or Jeff Niemann — Hammel went out Saturday afternoon and hung five scoreless innings on the Reds, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out four.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said a decision will likely be made by Monday.

Wednesday the Rays optioned top prospect David Price to Triple-A Durham, which narrowed the contest down to the two right-handers.

–Bill Chastain

4 Comments

This is good for Jason and the team as a whole. The competition for the #5 slot is healthy. Rays are blessed to have such hungry talent. I hope they all find productive spots on the roster.

Jason has been in pressure situations before. I think since that game in Fenway when he came in for Troy Percival, we have been watching him believe in himself with every pitch.
Both deserve the shot, but Hammel just seems to want it more right now.
I will put my money on him for the fifth spot.

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GO RAYS GO ————- PUT HAMMEL IN HE IS IN HIS PRIME IN 2009 the RAYS TEAM WILL SHINE IN 2009 2009 FOR RAYS TEAM TO SHINE GO RAYS GO ALL THE WAY!

GO RAYS GO ————- PUT HAMMEL IN HE IS IN HIS PRIME IN 2009 the RAYS TEAM WILL SHINE IN 2009 2009 FOR RAYS TEAM TO SHINE GO RAYS GO ALL THE WAY!

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