Dodgers veteran starting pitcher, Rich Hill has been on the injured list since June 19th, due to a left forearm strain.
Rich Hill is going on IL with left forearm discomfort.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) June 20, 2019
Rich Hill was on the 10-day IL, but on July 16th, he was transferred to a 60-day IL. He is working his way back from injury, however, he will likely be out until mid-September. Good news for the Dodgers, and Dodger fans, Rich Hill said on Sunday, he is three weeks away from throwing off a mound.
There has been some discussion on whether Rich Hill should be a starter in the playoffs for Los Angeles, or a relief pitcher. This season, as a starter, Hill has a 4-1 record, with a 2.55 ERA. In 9 games, Hill has struck out 59 batters, averaging 6.5 strikeouts per game. Hill still has game left in him, and should be a starter in the playoffs. The Dodgers would need 4 starting pitchers in the playoffs, for it to be a strong rotation.
Ryu, Kershaw, Buehler, Hill. A starting rotation can’t get any better than that.
A Look Back
Hill has pitched in 4 NLCS games throughout his career. In those games, he has thrown 17 innings while giving up only 2 runs (1 HR) on 9 hits and striking out 21 batters. That translates to an impressive ERA of 1.06. He has appeared in 3 World Series games throughout his career, pitching 15 innings while giving up 3 runs (1 HR) on 8 hits and struck out 19 batters. That’s an amazing ERA of 1.80.
Rich Hill has been pitching in the Major League for 15 years. He has more than enough experience to deliver for the Dodgers. He should be a starting pitcher, along with Ryu, Kershaw, and Buehler. All four of those pitchers have the capability of pitching 8 plus innings, putting less pressure on the bullpen, which could help lead to a World Series title.