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Sunday, September 11, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: RICH HILL SP LOS ANGELES DODGERS

It was almost a "perfect" return to the mound last night for Los Angeles Dodgers veteran starter Rich Hill Saturday night.  After battling a stubborn blister on one of his fingers for the better part of a month, Hill took the mound against the Miami Marlins with his customary in 2016 dominant stuff.  In fact Hill was so dominant that he retired all 27 batters he faced before being lifted after the seventh inning with the perfect game intact.  There were some reports that Hill's blister acted up again but as of this writing that could not be confirmed but either way, the outing continued what has been an ace-like fantasy baseball season for Hill at the age of 36 and after being almost out of baseball for the better part of four years leading into 2015.  We all know the story by now of Hill pitching in Independent League baseball and then latching on with the Boston Red Sox a year ago.  Hill shocked everyon by coming up late in the year and absolutely dominating in his four starts to the tune of a 1.55 ERA and 11.17 K/9 that looked like something out of a Clayton Kershaw book.  Alas there was not a whole lot of attention given to Hill on the open market that winter which is why he signed just a one-year deal with the Oakland A's.  A funny thing happened however.  Instead of coming back to earth, Hill has been just as dominant as last night he lowered his season ERA to 1.80 and his K/9 was still sparkling at 10.42.  Folks we are talking top ten numbers overall among pitchers and only the blister has held Hill back to the point he has thrown a low for this part of the year 95 innings.  Want some more incredible numbers?  How about a ridiculous 0.19 HR/9 or his 2.84 BB/9.  Again all ace-quality numbers.  Those who snagged Hill at a discount again in 2016 have no doubt benefitted greatly and it is telling when the only thing that has held the guy back is a blister and not opposing hitters. 


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