Apr 3, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel (39) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Rizzo congratulates Jason Hammel on first NL win. Hammel has 29 NL wins.


Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo might want to bone up on his Jason Hammel stats.

Hammel on Wednesday night notched his second victory of the year with the Cubs, and his 29th overall victory as a National League pitcher.

Nevertheless, immediately after the game, Rizzo approached Hammel to congratulate him for getting his first win in the NL.

And Hammel couldn’t wait to tell everyone about the gaffe.

“I got a good one for you guys,” Hammel told reporters after the game (via CSN Chicago). “Real good one. I got to throw my first baseman under the bus. He just congratulated me on my first NL win. Just make sure that everybody knows that Rizzo was not there with us in Pittsburgh last week, apparently. That’s a good one. I didn’t know I didn’t win at all in Colorado either.”

Yes, it’s true. Jason Hammel already won his first game with the Cubs in Pittsburgh last week. And he won 27 games as a member of the Rockies from 09-11. Using advanced math, I calculate that Hammel has a total of 29 National League wins.

I guess Rizzo only knows of Hammel’s work as a member of the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. That’s like being a big Phil Collins fan but having no idea he was in Genesis.

Get it together Rizzo.

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