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harangatang
05-23-2006, 10:22 PM
I posted this in the game thread and I think it deserves it's own thread.

Hammond has been pitching real well lately. Since April 15 including the 2 last innings tonight Hammond has pitched 14 and a 1/3 innings with a K/BB of 14/1. He's only given up 2 ER for a spectacular 1.25 ERA and he has only given up 10 hits during that time. Plus Narron has been using him in situations where the game matters like when he came in and got the double play in Detroit on Saturday. Narron used him tonight when the Reds were leading 4-3 and he has done very well.

NastyBoy
05-23-2006, 10:31 PM
His ERA drops a point with every out. :lol:

Hammond was joking about his april ERA being the highest in the history of the game on Reds pregame last week. I guess if you have be pretty good to pitch as long as he has and still be effective at 40.

jimbo
05-23-2006, 10:36 PM
He's been getting hammered quite often by Reds fans with many saying he should be released. I am glad he is proving he can be a valuable member of the bullpen.

harangatang
05-23-2006, 10:37 PM
He's been getting hammered quite often by Reds fans with many saying he should be released. I am glad he is proving he can be a valuable member of the bullpen.We definitely need it and things are only going to get better with Mercker coming off the DL.

fisch11
05-23-2006, 11:06 PM
I'm glad he has been productive lately. It would be a shame to lose that hammer of a changeup that he brings. It's so hard for batters to figure that changeup out the first time they face him. He should be able to pitch one scoreless inning with that alone every night. Keep it up Chris.

alexad
05-23-2006, 11:39 PM
As Hammond get older, he takes longer to get it going. He is fine. He almost needs to start in January so when April comes around he is fine.

It is nice to have another arm in the bullpen. Now if we could get White to wake up......

redsfan30
05-23-2006, 11:41 PM
I said it in the heart of the "cut Hammond" firestorm....it was a situation very similar to David Weathers last year. He started off awfully, nobody in thier right mind could argue that. But if you give him time, he'll come around and it appears Hammond has done just that.

Guys with track records like Hammond don't magically forget how to pitch.

Topcat
05-23-2006, 11:53 PM
Great thread and Merkers gettin shut down has made it even more obvious that Chris can contribute to this pen. But if your a casual fan and just look at stats in the paper, you would never realize just how effective Chris has been.

GridironGrace
05-24-2006, 12:22 AM
They talked about it on a few radio sports stations over the past week saying that Hammond is the type of guy who WILL NOT settle for giving up runs and SUCKING lol

Said he's been throwing extra in the Bullpen during some games, and in pre-games working on his stuff.

Hopefully he can step up cause eventually the Coffey's and Weathers or the world WILL WEAR down and we'll need 1 or 2 others to really step it up in our bullpen to help keep everyone fresh.

Coffey
Weathers
Mercker
Hammond

2 Righties and 2 Lefties, if we can get those 4 rolling and throwing some high quality Relief, then look out Playoffs!!

TeamBoone
05-24-2006, 12:37 AM
I was suprised Coffey pitched tonight, even though he hasn't since Friday... I'd have saved him.

And I'm wondering if Belisle will ever pitch again.

Edd Roush
05-24-2006, 12:59 AM
Yea, I took in the game tonight and it was awfully nice to see Hammond have the kind of outing that he did. The part I remember was him dropping in that 64 mph curveball which absolutely froze Geoff Jenkins. With Hammond, Merker, Coffey and Weathers, perhaps we have the base of a solid bullpen. Heaven knows if we keep around this pace til July 31st and we can still reasonably consider ourselves contenders, we could pick up some supplementary bullpen arms for minor league fodder. All I know is, this Reds team, while erratic, can be a lot of fun to watch. If we can find those couple more, decent arms, we could find ourselves in the hunt.

ghettochild
05-24-2006, 01:10 AM
he can go out there with his 63 MPH changeup and establish that early and throw an 85 MPH fastball that will look like its 100+ to the batter and get them out every time.

RedsManRick
05-24-2006, 01:41 AM
Welcome to May. Unless the guy goes all Jose Manzinillo on you, there's no reason to judge after 5 or 6 appearances. I'd say give a guy at least 10 appearances before you completely write him off. Usually guys with a track record don't just fall of the cliff.

KronoRed
05-24-2006, 01:43 AM
I was suprised Coffey pitched tonight, even though he hasn't since Friday... I'd have saved him.

And I'm wondering if Belisle will ever pitch again.
Belisle is being saved for disasters type situations I think, and with a kid (EZ) and Milton in the rotation its not a bad plan ;)

I don't mind Coffey pitching, don't want him to get rusty, I would have used him only for 1 though

TeamBoone
05-24-2006, 02:02 AM
Belisle is being saved for disasters type situations I think, and with a kid (EZ) and Milton in the rotation its not a bad plan ;)

I don't mind Coffey pitching, don't want him to get rusty, I would have used him only for 1 though


That's kind of how I feel about Belisle. When the Reds really need him, he's had so little work that he might not pitch worth a darn. An inning here and there would probably do more good than harm.

Redus
05-24-2006, 03:38 AM
Hammond has turned it around...I guess I can direct ALL my venom toward Rick White!:bang: Seriously though I like Krivsky alot. Guys dont perform and theyre gone. Williams, Womack, now Burns is sent back down and I imagine McCraken is gone when we get Merk back. Im sure Whites days are numbered.

BuckWoody
05-24-2006, 10:00 AM
Here's a nice article in today's Enquirer about Hammond. I highlighted a couple of the things I found interesting...especially the fact that they asked him to go to Louisville. Glad he didn't accept their offer.


Lefty Hammond takes a right turn
BY KEVIN KELLY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chris Hammond admits the numbers were ugly.

Three appearances into the season, the Reds' veteran relief pitcher carried a ghastly 189.00 ERA. He didn't retire a batter in allowing four runs over his first two appearances.

"I think those first three outings were just a fluke," Hammond said Tuesday. "It's not like I was getting hit around the ballpark. I don't remember one hard-hit ball. It's just all the runners I put out there scored."


The left-hander's ERA has declined steadily since.

With fellow left-handed relief pitcher Kent Mercker on the 15-day disabled list since May 14 - Mercker is eligible to come off Friday - Hammond has received more work in more important situations. Two scoreless innings Tuesday lowered his ERA to 5.87 in 15 appearances spanning 15 1/3 innings this season.

"I hope Hammond gets a little more pitching in than he has," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "He's pitched really well. After he got rid of the infinity ERA, if you throw that out, I don't know what his ERA would be. But it wouldn't be too bad."

Subtract the first three appearances, and Hammond's ERA over his past 12 outings is 1.80.

In eight appearances this month, Hammond has allowed just one earned run on seven hits over 10 1/3 innings. He retired all seven Tigers batters he faced in two appearances last weekend.

So what's behind the turnaround?

"It's just getting out there and pitching," Hammond said. "That's it."

Narron does not see an extreme difference but believes Hammond's success can be traced to control.

"He's throwing more strikes," Narron said.

Hammond did not make a relief appearance from April 23 to May 2.

In seven appearances before the layoff, he threw 65 percent of his pitches for strikes. In seven appearances after the layoff, entering Tuesday, he threw 71 percent of his pitches for strikes.

"When he's throwing his changeup for strikes, and he's locating his other pitches, he's pretty effective against left-handers or right-handers," Narron said.

Around the time center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. was about to come off the DL, the Reds approached Hammond with an idea that would free up a spot for Griffey on the 25-man roster and get him consistent work.

Would Hammond be willing to spend some time with Triple-A Louisville?

The 40-year-old, who in December signed a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2007, elected to stay in Cincinnati. The Reds reinstated Griffey from the DL on May 11 and optioned outfielder Chris Denorfia.

"I throw a bullpen (session) every other day if I'm not pitching," Hammond said. "So I stayed sharp.

"When you can get in there in a tough game, your concentration gets there. Then if you do well, your confidence starts getting better. That's really the only big (difference)."

Marc D
05-24-2006, 11:18 AM
Belisle is being saved for disasters type situations I think, and with a kid (EZ) and Milton in the rotation its not a bad plan ;)

I don't mind Coffey pitching, don't want him to get rusty, I would have used him only for 1 though

I was thinking the same thing but IIRC he got out of the 8th inning on something like 5 pitches.