Hill is not part of the Twins' wild-card roster, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports. Hill's exclusion is presumably due to the fact that he started Sunday against the Reds. He therefore won't be ready to pitch at any point in the Wild Card Round, which ends Thursday. If the Twins advance, he could certainly play a role, as he cruised to a 3.03 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in eight starts this season.
Hill allowed one run on two hits and three walks while striking out four over 5.2 innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Sunday. The lefty got the better of Sonny Gray in what was potentially the 40-year-old's final MLB start -- the Twins are going with Michael Pineda as their No. 3 starter in the postseason. However, the bullpen couldn't hold the lead Sunday and thus the Twins were stuck with their first series loss at Target Field this season. Hill closes out the 2020 regular season with a 2-2 record, 3.03 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 31:17 K:BB in 38.2 innings around a stint on the IL with shoulder trouble.
Hill (2-2) was charged with the loss against the Cubs on Friday, allowing just one run on three hits and a pair of walks while striking out five across seven innings. Hill got off to a tough first inning but managed to only allow one run to score on an RBI single by Willson Contreras. The southpaw blanked Chicago the rest of the way during his longest outing of the season, but unfortunately, the lone run he surrendered was enough to land him the loss. Hill, who was coming off a season-high seven strikeouts, has now allowed only five runs across his last 17 innings -- striking out 17 and walking only four during that span. The 40-year-old will take the mound next Wednesday against Detroit.
Hill (2-1) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven across five earnings to earn the win Saturday against Cleveland. Hill held Cleveland scoreless in four of the five innings he pitched, the only blemish coming in the fourth frame. He struck out a season-best seven batters, and he worked five innings for his second consecutive start. Hill's results were a bit uneven early on, but he has now allowed only four runs across his last 10 innings -- striking out 12 and walking only two. He'll look to keep things going in his next turn through the rotation, currently projected to come Friday against the Cubs.
Hill allowed two earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out five across five innings Sunday against the Tigers. He did not factor into the decision. Hill allowed a run in each of the first two innings, but settled in from there to hold the Tigers scoreless in his last three frames. He generated only five swinging strikes, but still managed to rack up five punchouts on the strength of 19 called strikes on a total of 77 pitches. Hill has worked five innings in three of his five starts this season, and he's now given up more than two runs on only one occasion. He's currently projected to draw his next start Sunday against Cleveland.