Rich Hill was a starter for the Cubs and the Orioles from 2005 through 2009. He was mediocre as MLB starting pitchers go, with a 21-20 Won-Loss record and an ERA of roughly 5.00. Then he became a reliever from 2010 to 2014, and he wasn’t too great as a reliever, either.
In 2015 he reinvented himself in the minor leagues as a starting pitcher who could spin the ball like crazy which gave him a wicked curve ball. He then started four games successfully for the Red Sox at the end of 2015, going 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA. He extended his excellence with the Oakland A’s, starting eleven games for them in April and May of 2016. Then the blister issue struck.
Hill would pitch just three more games for Oakland, before being traded to the Dodgers. We know what has happened since. When his finger is healthy, he pitches some nasty stuff. But it seems he can’t keep the blister away very long. The next chapter begins tonight with his start against the Giants at 7:15 PDT / 8:15 MDT / 9:15 CDT / 10:15 EDT.