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Dodgers Postseason News: Rich Hill to Make Four Starts Before October

This is some good news on the Dick Mountain front.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 14: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on June 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Dodgers left-handed starting pitcher Rich Hill told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com prior to Friday night’s game that he can make as many as four starts in an effort to be a member of the club’s postseason rotation.

This is very good news considering the extent of the injury — an injury that kept Rich Hill sidelined for around three months. Hill has been said to be on his way back as early as next week, possibly making a start in the series against the Baltimore Orioles that starts on September 10.

There was initially chatter that Hill would be returning to the Dodgers in a relief capacity, but that has since been amended. He will in fact be returning as a starter in an effort to make the Dodgers’ playoff roster as the fourth starter.

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, this plan is not entirely set in stone:

Prior to Friday night’s game, Hill also threw the simulated game as DiGiovanna mentioned, facing major league hitters Jedd Gyorko and Kristopher Negrón. He reportedly allowed a home run to Gyorko. Here is a video, courtesy of JP Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group, of the sim game:

Before Hill went down with the flexor injury, he was pitching well for the Dodgers, posting a 2.55 ERA and 1.11 WHIP across 53 innings of work.

His addition to the pitching staff will undoubtedly be a huge boon and the hope is that he can make an impact in October, something he has done in huge ways each of the past two seasons.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. The Dodgers certainly need another starter for the playoffs but unless Hill has 5inning+ stuff, I’m not sure what he adds to the rooster at this point. We’ve got three starters right (#1, #2 and #3) now trying to get their game back together and not pitching very well at all. Factually, the guy with the best and most consistent arm is Gonsolin. I also hold out some hope for Stripling. Otherwise the Dodgers once vaunted starting rotation looks shaky. Very shaky. Then there’s that bull pen Kenley thing…

    I think it’ll take 6-8 runs a game from the offense for a while to pick up a win.

  2. 4 starts and then what, back to the IL?It’s like he’s not even on the team as he plays so little. Stick him in the pen before he gets hurt again.

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