King of the Hill

The story of Rich Hill revival is all kinds of amazing. This 36 year old hadn’t started a game in the majors since 2009, then out of nowhere, he pitches...

The story of Rich Hill revival is all kinds of amazing. This 36 year old hadn’t started a game in the majors since 2009, then out of nowhere, he pitches not one, not two, but THREE straight double digit strikeout starts in his return to the mound. The latest is a CGSHO to the tune of 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 1 BBs, 10 Ks against the respectable Orioles offense, and I’m just flabbergasted. Seriously, this is just insane. His Curveball is looking mighty pretty as pie and Hill has racked up the Ks like he’s stocking some mighty fine wine. Just like a guy in his later 30s would do. Look, he gets one more start left against the Yankees, and after trucking through both the Jays and O’s, you gotta roll with him just one more time. Just one more.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:


Noah Syndergaard – 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 11 Ks. Aces gonna ace.

Jose Fernandez – 5.0 IP, 6 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. Aces gonna…dang, so much for that. What’s the problem Jose? You haven’t had an outing like this since you were hiding a torn UCL…uh oh.

Gerrit Cole – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 8 Ks. Aces gonna ace. That’s more like it.

Carlos Carrasco – 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 2 BBs, 15 Ks. Aces gonna ace. Did you hear that sound? It’s the sound of knowledgeable owners groaning at Carrasco’s rising 2016 draft stock.

Jerad Eickhoff – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 10 Ks. I haven’t been much of a fan of the Hoff, but this is his third straight solid outing, and easily the best of his short career. Too bad he gets the Mets next.

Jon Lester – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. Hard not to like this from Lester.

R.A. Dickey – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 2 Ks. Dickey gave a speech and referenced his sister who was 47 years old. She’s actually 48. Don’t trust a knuckleballer.

Sonny Gray – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. It’s solid from Gray, but I still don’t expect him to blow your mind like Thor/Cole/Carrasco did tonight.

Mike Pelfrey – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 7 Ks. Whoa Pelfrey, it’s too late to make it. Sorry bud but that MFRTSPA is not going to you.

Matt Boyd – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 1 Hits, 4 BBs, 4 Ks. I still believe there is upside hiding inside Boyd, but this does little to affirm its existence. I mean, four walks? Honestly, who does that without a first name of Tyson or last name of Rodon?

Carlos Rodon – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 5 BBs, 4 Ks. See? That’s what I mean.

Edinson Volquez – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. Huh, didn’t think Volquez had it in him to strikeout over a batter per inning. It’ll be out of him soon like yesterday’s lunch.

David Hale – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Hale has limited upside, pitches his home games at Coors Field, and doesn’t deserve a spot on your team. This should be the blurb for every Colorado starter.

Garrett Richards – 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 4 BBs, 8 Ks. Richards isn’t my cup of tea anymore. I’ve often said in the past that he’s a decent investment for the future when he figures it out, but I’m losing a lot of faith that he ever will.

Rubby De La Rosa – 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks. Blegh.

Carlos Martinez – 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 0 BBs, 0 Ks. He left the game with right shoulder tightness after two batters. That doesn’t sound good at all.

CC Sabathia – 6.2 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. You can’t teach CC new tricks.

Ariel Pena – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. Pena doesn’t wear an undershirt. Instead he wears a seashell mesh.

Mike Leake – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. It’s time to try a new plumber. You know, a guy like Frankie. He even fixes your fridge. What a guy.

Yovani Gallardo – 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. YoGa might have been streamed by some, and for those who did, sorry he got Singled Out. He’s been kinda due for that kind of shellacking, though. But he gave up 8 ER in last four starts, how is he due? YoGa is always due.

Kevin Gausman – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks. I liked Gausman last time against the Rays and that didn’t go well, you bet I didn’t expect a start against the Sawx to go well.

Jake Odorizzi – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. Yeah, Odorizzi has been ultra shaky since returning from his DL stint this summer. More like eggs over-hard, amiright?

Jordan Zimmermann – 5.0 IP, 6 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. JZ just isn’t the dependable ERA/WHIP guy you thought he was. I’m not touching him next year.

Anthony DeSclafani – 6.1 IP, 5 ER, 9 Hits, 0 BBs, 3 Ks. Tony Disco was on cruise control before his last start in Milwaukee, which should have been enough to jump ship today against the Mets.

Casey Kelly – 5.0 IP, 6 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 1 Ks. He got the call and he’s just your typical Cup of Schmo.

Vidal Nuno – 4.1 IP, 5 ER, 9 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks. Shocking. The great Nuno start last time out couldn’t be duplicated.

Mike Bolsinger – 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks. I miss when he was all the craze. Then the Dodgers elected to throw him back into the minors and look what monster they’ve created now. Reminds me of my ex-wife. I don’t have an ex-wife.

Scott Kazmir – 3.2 IP, 6 ER, 10 Hits, 1 BBs, 1 Ks. Man, Kaz has really had a poor 2nd half and I feel bad that I didn’t see this start coming. I thought he would be able to rebound for his new Astro teammates, but Scotty just couldn’t beam up the strength to be a dependable asset. Yes, you’re safe dropping him for another guy this week.

Ryan Weber – 2.0 IP, 7 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BBs, 0 Ks. What is this. Seriously. You were supposed to have a decent floor against a poor offense and you do this? Weber, I thought we were gonna grill in your backyard. Cause you know, we’re buds and THAT’S WHAT BUDS DO. Also you have a sweet grill. GUESS I GOTTA FORGET ABOUT THAT NOW.

Today’s Streamer

Tyler Duffey @ Detroit TigersSince Erod is getting skipped in the rotation, it’s hard not to go with Duffey instead, who has been on a nice little roll during his time in the Twins’ rotation. The Tigers aren’t nearly as fearful in the 2nd half and make for a decent outing for the rookie.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

Chris Heston @ Oakland AthleticsNot many to choose from after Shomeaker’s start got moved. Decent chance at a win and the upside to carry some Ks with it.

Game of the Day

David Price vs. Chris ArcherTwo of the top pitchers in the game could make for one fantastic day at the park.

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

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