Hill has been named the starter for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs, David Vassegh of AM 570 in Los Angeles reports. It'll be a matchup of lefties Sunday in Los Angeles with Hill going against Jon Lester and the Cubs. Hill lasted just 4.0 innings in his start against the Diamondbacks in the NLDS, allowing two earned runs and walking three batters.
Hill (12-8) held the Padres scoreless on two hits and two walks while striking out 10 over seven innings to pick up his third straight win Wednesday. So ends a relatively typical regular season for Hill -- effective, but shortened by injury, though this season's 135.2 innings represent his biggest workload since 2007. The 37-year-old lefty's 3.32 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 166:49 K:BB are all high-end marks, and they've made him indispensable when healthy. He'll now go to work trying to help the Dodgers make a deep playoff run.
Hill (11-8) earned the win over the Giants on Friday, allowing only one run on five hits and a walk over six innings while striking out nine. The lefty is putting together a strong September, posting a 2.45 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 30:6 K:BB in 22 innings over four starts. Hill will close out his regular season Wednesday at home against the Padres before heading into the playoffs as a key part of the Dodgers rotation.
Hill (9-8) took the loss Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings against the Rockies. Nolan Arenado got the better of Hill on two occasions, singling in the first and homering in the third, accounting for all of the runs against the lefty. Hill has mostly been very good since the All-Star break, but the home runs have become a bit of an issue lately (10 allowed in his last eight starts). He lines up to face the Nationals in Washington his next time out.
Hill (9-7) allowed two runs on two hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over six innings Monday, but he still took a loss to the Diamondbacks. Hill pitched excellently for most of the night, but he became one of what would eventually be four homer victims of Diamondbacks outfielder j.D. Martinez. The lefty has a strong 3.01 ERA since July but has given up home runs in each of his past seven starts. Perhaps that's to be expected from a pitcher shoving his fastball at an average 89.0 mph, but it does put a ceiling on Hill's value.
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