Hill yielded three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings in Sunday's win over Toronto. He struck out one and did not factor in the decision. Hill dealt five shutout innings before running into trouble in the sixth. He was removed after putting the first three batters on base and was charged with three runs when they all came around to score. The veteran lefty threw just 62 pitches (39 strikes) before turning the ball over to the bullpen. Hill is now sporting a 3.95 ERA with a 92:38 K:BB through 100.1 innings this season. He's lined up to face the Reds at home next weekend.
Hill is scheduled to make his debut with the Mets on Sunday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. The 41-year-old lefty was acquired by New York after posting a 3.87 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 95.1 innings with the Rays this season. If he does start Sunday, Hill will draw a tough matchup in Toronto's righty-heavy lineup, against whom he allowed three runs in four innings July 11, walking three and striking out two.
Hill was traded from the Rays to the Mets in exchange for Tommy Hunter (back) and Matthew Dyer on Friday, pending medical review, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. It's unusual for a contender like the Rays to trade a member of their starting rotation, though they've been mixing and matching starters all season, with 12 different pitchers making at least one start thus far. Hill fills a need for the injury-plagued Mets and could see a small boost to his value from the move to the National League. The 41-year-old has fallen off a bit from his late-thirties peak, as his 3.87 ERA comes with a modest set of peripherals including a 23.4 percent strikeout rate and a 4.55 FIP, but he's still a useful starter for a team that desperately needs innings.
Hill didn't factor into the decision during a win over Atlanta on Sunday, allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out four. The veteran left-hander was far from sharp and needed 83 pitches to record just 12 outs before getting the hook. After an excellent first two months of the season, Hill has now given up multiple earned runs in four of his last six starts, pitching to a 5.22 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 2.1 HR/9 over the 29.1 innings encompassing the entirety of that span. Having dropped two straight decisions, Hill will look to bounce back in a road start against Cleveland either Friday or Saturday.
Hill (6-4) took the loss Sunday versus Toronto. He allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two in five innings. The southpaw gave up a solo home run to Danny Jansen in the third inning, and Toronto was able to scrape together another pair of runs in the fourth. That was enough to stick Hill with the loss, running his winless streak to three starts. The 41-year-old closes the first half of the season with a 3.74 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 87:34 K:BB across 91.1 innings.
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