The Dodgers need for starting pitching is nothing new. The team has been plagued with injuries, and though Ryu and McCarthy have returned, Kershaw is still on the DL and more injuries are always a possibility. Because of this, fans have continuously put pressure on the front office to sign a starting pitcher who can help balance out our rotation. Rich hill might be that guy.
According to ESPN, the 36 year old has pitched 13 games this season and has a 2.25 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He may be old, but his numbers on the season are incredible enough to assume he can make an impact on the Dodgers’ starting rotation.
Dodgers, Cubs, Tigers in on Rich Hill, said a source who wasn’t overly worried about short term durability. https://t.co/IPmWjpI4mA
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) July 8, 2016
Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball recently commented on his early predictions for the MLB trade deadline and noted that Hill to the Dodgers would not be out of the ordinary because of the history there.
Todaysknuckleball.com: Jon Heyman
3. Best starting pitcher who will be dealt: Rich Hill.
Good for him. He was a journeyman who put together four excellent starts at the end of last year, and earned a $6-million contract from the A’s that was widely panned at the time. But the reality is, it was a great deal for them. And now, even if the great Gray stays put, they may have the most coveted pitcher who will go. Good for him. It’s been a long road for him, and he looks like he’ll be in position for an even bigger payday this winter. But first, a pennant race awaits. His old friends in Boston are logical, but know, too, that the Dodgers were ready to pounce on him had Brett Anderson not accepted the qualifying offer.
The only downside to Hill is that he is just coming off of a groin injury that put him on the disabled list in the month of June. However, if he is healthy, there is no doubt that he may just be the spark that the Dodgers need to make a run for the postseason.
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