Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Topps Now: August 27, 2022


Let's talk about Rich Hill today.  He was once one of the longest-tenured members of the Red Sox With No Cards club (Andrew Miller and Scott Atchison are also in the running).  Hill had done several stints with the Red Sox and pitched with them from 2010 through 2012, then again in 2015.  He came back to Boston once again in 2022, this time as a starter guaranteed a job.  And finally, we started getting cards of him.

Hill did basically what was expected of him in 2022.  He had a record of 8-7 with a 4.27 ERA, keeping the team in games.  His terrific curveball allowed him to strike out 109 batters in 124.1 innings pitched.  He only walked 37 batters.  As long as he can keep doing that, he should be able to stay in the Majors and he will pitch for the Pirates in 2023.  

He had his best game of the 2022 season on August 27.  In a game against the Rays, pitching against Jeffrey Springs (who is another Red Sox With No Cards), Hill threw seven masterful innings.  He struck out eleven, while allowing just three hits and a walk.  He did not allow a run.  Jeurys Familia allowed a run and three hits in two-thirds of an inning and John Schreiber came in to slam the door.  They are also both Red Sox With No Cards, though I think Schreiber might appear this year.  The offense in the game was provided by Enrique Hernandez (who homered), Alex Verdugo and Rafael Devers.  Boston won 5-1.

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