For Orioles, this season is a continuation of last year
Jason Hammel picked up the win in the Orioles opener against the Rays. He really did, despite what he said about his starting performance afterward.
"Overall, I was pretty bad today," he said (via MASN). "Just uncharacteristically wild with the fastball. Seventy-five pitches after six innings. On a good day when I'm commanding, I'm going to finish the game. They helped me out by taking early hacks. It got me through some innings.”
Lest you think Hammel stunk up the joint — the joint being Tropicana Field, which isn’t a great joint for baseball — he went six innings, giving up three runs, three hits, one walk and striking out two. That won’t win you a Cy Young, but it’s far from dreadful.
Still, Hammel deflected all credit to his teammates for the 7-4 win.
"I feel like they did it all,” he said. “I honestly don't feel like I did anything today. It was a battle. I hate that it was the first one out of the gates. It really was. I wasn't too good today. I'll be back in five days. I'll go work on it in two days to get it right and be good to go real soon."
Manager Buck Showalter said Hammel might have been dialed up to 11 because it was Opening Day.
"I think Hamm was pretty amped up today," Showalter said. "I thought stuff-wise he was in pretty good shape. Sometimes, you want something to happen too much.”