The last time Hill pitched I commented that we were watching a young pitcher mature before our very eyes. Well it’s getting to the point where Rich Hill is going to start being a gate draw – remember how excited we felt in Prior’s early days? I’m starting to feel it again. Hill’s mastery of the Reds today was something I wished I could have seen – just reading his line gets me all excited.

Rich has two more starts to lock down a starting spot for next year, if he looks decent the next two times out I’m ready to pencil him in. Rich might want to take a month off or so off and then pitch a few starts down in the Venezuelan, DR or Puerto Rican leagues so that he hits the ground running in spring training. I’m starting to hope for a rotation that would possibly have Zambrano, Jason Schmidt, Rich Hill, Sean Marshall/free agent (Maddux?) and Mateo/Prior/Harben (yes, Mark Prior should have to compete for a spot.)

Dig these numbers. Since Colorado, Rich has had 6 starts, throwing 44 innings. During that timeframe he has struck out 44 and walked 10; he has given up 24 hits, 3 homeruns and has compiled an ERA of 1.23. I doubt there is any pitcher in baseball that can boast those kinds of numbers in their last six starts; when you have a WHIP of 0.77 you are dealing.

Update:

In today’s Chicago Tribune, Dusty commented that one day he will write a book about his baseball career. According to the Tribune: “The Cub years…will merit only a chapter.” Well, the Dusty years will only merit a single page in the Cubs’ history. Mastrick says: Good riddance, chump. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Dusty-o-Meter: 13 games and counting

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