Major League Baseball has a champion which means it is time for Dodgers trade talks before the winter meetings. Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, is in the spotlight for expressing his love for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
In an interview during the playoffs with AM570 Sports Radio, Hill, 36, talked about how much he enjoyed each playoff game as it comes. “No, I enjoy it as its going on. I’m trying to live in the moment, said Hill.
And who wouldn’t?
Hill was consistent in the ERA category throughout the 2016 season:
April – 2.42
May – 2.13
July – 2.25
August – 2.09
September – 2.22
Here is an extended stat sheet of Hill’s numbers in 2016 and his career:
|2016 Postseason Stats||1||1||3.46||3||3||13.0||19|
|Postseason Career Stats||1||2||4.5||4||4||16.0||22|
|MLB Career Stats||38||28||4.10||221||94||610.1||616|
Hill interviewed with SportsNet LA to address his feeling about the Dodgers organization and one player, in particular.
“Absolutely…with the leadership that’s here – Clayton being the best pitcher in baseball…it’s something that you want to be around,” said Hill.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) November 2, 2016
During the postseason, Hill and Kershaw were started or were put into games on short rest, and some fans would not agree with Dave Roberts motives. Both Dodgers pitched with a 2.09 ERA being fully rested compared to the 5.03 ERA on short rest.
This postseason: Kluber, Kershaw and Rich Hill in short rest starts — 5.03 ERA; Kluber, Kershaw and Hill fully rested — 2.09 ERA.
— Phil Rogers (@philgrogers) October 29, 2016
Despite his blister issues in the 2016 season, Hill was the Dodgers second best starting pitcher behind Kershaw. Hill is becoming the top pitcher in free agency in the offseason and will likely sign with a team on the east coast.
Where do you think Rich Hill will end up in the MLB?