Cubs fans may have an excellent reason to watch games until the end of the season. Rich Hill.
Last night Hill had his best start, a dominating 7 1/3 innings with 11 Ks and only 4 hits allowed. His last 4 starts have given Cubs fans a glimpse of what Hill can do.
The numbers for his last 4 starts:
28 1/3 IP, 18 hits, 5 ER, 25 K, 6 BB.
Earlier this year Baker was quoted as saying something to the extent of there being no good reason to bring Hill back up. Earlier I have referred to him as "The Great Rich Hill", because of Hendry's steadfast refusal to include him in any deals.
Hill is a rare find--a big lefty that can strike guys out. Maybe, just maybe, the Cubs have a #2 or #3 pitcher for next year. Yes it's September, but you can't help but be impressed by Hill. And next year he goes into the season knowing he can be successful in the bigs. And that is huge.
Closer, of course, is a totally different story. But for now, rejoice!