The Los Angeles Dodgers have forced a pivotal game five and they will need Rich Hill to dust off his game two outing and start fresh. Dodgers News from Manager Dave Roberts believes that Hill can finish the job and chose him over rookie Julio Urias. Despite collecting a loss on Sunday, Hill will need to pitch a full six innings to complete his job. Clayton Kershaw delivered a fantastic outing in game four and now it’s Hill’s turn against Max Scherzer.
Confirmed: Rich Hill will start Game 5 for #Dodgers against Max Scherzer
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) October 12, 2016
In the postgame press conference, Roberts mentioned that Wednesday’s off day is much needed. Much like Kershaw, Hill will be pitching on four days of rest as opposed to three. Many Dodgers fan are hoping that Hill’s outing will be similar to Kershaw’s.
Here’s a look at Rich Hill’s numbers throughout his MLB career:
|2016 Postseason Stats||0||1||8.31||1||1||4.1||7|
|Postseason Career Stats||0||2||8.59||2||2||7.1||10|
|MLB Career Stats||38||28||4.1||221||94||610.1||
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“It is fair to say that Rich Hill and Julio Urias will pitch in game five,” said Roberts. Another essential player in the Dodgers roster is rookie pitcher Julio Urias.
Urias, 20, is the second part of the package that the Dodgers will need to advance to the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs or San Francisco Giants. The latest Dodger Rumors are that the main reason why Roberts did not choose Urias as the starter is due to the fact that he may not be able to pitch deep into the game and a crucial one at that.
Below are Urias’ stats for the 2016 season:
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What do you expect from the Dodgers with all hands on deck in Game 5?
Dusty Baker: "I know Kershaw ain't pitching. Thank God."
— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) October 12, 2016
Hopefully this will light a fire under Hill and say that “You never underestimate your opponent, Dusty.” Game five is do or die for both the Nationals and Dodgers.
How do you think the combo of Rich Hill and Julio Urias stack up against the Nationals lineup?
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