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Athletics Nation Apr 28, 2016

If the offseason started today, what would you offer Rich Hill?

Based on the five starts we've seen thus far. Let's pretend you have a time machine. No, you greedy mongrel, you can't go back and buy a lottery ticket. No you can't bet on the NCAA Tournament with a perfect bracket in hand. Instead, you'll go straight to November 17th, 2015, the day news of Rich Hill's signing first broke. Knowing what you know now from Hill's five tremendously fun and tumultuous starts, what kind of deal would you offer the lefty? On Baseball Prospectus' podcast Effectively Wild, hosts Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller have an ongoing discussion on this topic. The years and...
Orange County Register Apr 26, 2016
Angels' Kole Calhoun raises average thanks to opposite-field hits

Angels' Kole Calhoun raises average thanks to opposite-field hits

ANAHEIM – More than three weeks into the season, Kole Calhoun has emerged as one of the Angels’ more reliable hitters. Before Tuesday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals, Calhoun’s .282 batting average remained the second highest...
San Jose Mercury News Apr 26, 2016

A's Rich Hill is sharp in beating Tigers

A's win 5-1 as Hill has curve working to keep Tigers off balance in his seven innings
Athletics Nation Apr 26, 2016

Game #21: A's tame Tigers behind Hill's dominant performance

Rich Hill went seven dominant innings, Marcus Semien hit a dinger, the bullpen did its thing, and the A's secured win number five on this long and difficult road trip. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill. Rich Hill....
Athletics Nation Apr 26, 2016

Game #21: A's at Tigers

With Rich Hill on the hill, the A's look to snap their three game losing streak against a fearsome Tigers lineup. This is a long road trip. Too long, if you ask me. After a hot start in which they swept the Yankees, the A's have dropped three straight due to some bad pitching, quiet bats, and a team that looks like it's on the second leg of a long and far road trip. Do the A's have it in them to stop the bleeding? Accidental #1 pitcher Rich Hill gets the nod tonight, looking to play stopper for the A's. I'm an optimist, though, so I'll think of him as a starter rather than a stopper. He's...
Athletics Nation Apr 25, 2016

Oakland A's on the MLB leaderboards

It is still very, very, early in the season, and there are still some hilarious statistics out there due to small sample size. Regardless, let's see which A's are among the league leaders! Rich Hill, 5th in K% (pitchers) Among starting pitchers, Rich Hill ranks 5th in all of baseball with a 33.7% strikeout percentage. That's right, one in three jabronis dumb enough to meander to the plate to face Hill and his vicious hook have been sent packing after three strikes and one or two balls well outside the strike zone. Hill's is ahead of names like David Price, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber and...
Rich Hill getting game together as A’s keep road smooth

Rich Hill getting game together as A’s keep road smooth

There are dozens of reasons why the A’s are 6-0 on the road, the fourth-best road start to a season ever for an Oakland team. One of them is Rich Hill. The left-handed starter battled his control a little but… Continue Reading → The post Rich Hill getting game together as A’s keep road smooth appeared first on Inside the As.
Athletics Nation Apr 10, 2016

Rich Hill's release point: an update

Prior to Rich Hill's start yesterday, I wrote about his release point issues that turned the 2015 stud into 2016 Spring Training dud. The results are in from Hill's second start, and boy are they encouraging. The lefty went 6 innings, striking out 10, while giving up a single run on a dinger to Chris Iannetta on a hanging curveball. Hill pitched like an absolute ace, and I'd dare say he wasn't all the way back. Let's look at his start yesterday. As a reminder, here's where Hill released the ball in 2015: And here's how where he released the ball on Opening Day,...
Hill, `Steve’ do a number on Mariner hitters Saturday

Hill, `Steve’ do a number on Mariner hitters Saturday

About the only thing wrong Rich Hill did that was off-base Saturday was to refer to his catcher as “Steve.’’ Stephen Vogt can let most things slide, including this, in all likelihood, but he really, really prefers to be called… Continue Reading →

Mariners drop second straight to Oakland

Rich Hill strikes out 10 in six innings and limits damage to a Chris Iannetta home run as Oakland earns a 6-1 victory.
Athletics Nation Apr 9, 2016

Game #6: Athletics at Mariners

Rich Hill may have one of the most unhittable arsenals of pitches in all of baseball, with plenty of pitches that curve dramatically and spin wildly. Even pitches that miss their spots and catch too much of the plate don’t necessarily get hit hard due to how extreme the movement behind them is. However, despite his brilliant capabilities, Hill has been mediocre for most of his entire career. Hill’s problem, as it has been hashed out many-a-time on this site, is that his pitches move so much that even he doesn’t have much control over where the pitch ends up. So despite his incredible...
Athletics Nation Apr 9, 2016

Oakland A's 2016 Player Profile: Rich Hill

So this post was supposed to be a nice lead-in to Rich Hill's first start with the A's. Well, the baseball powers-that-be and Sonny's bout with food poisoning made sure that would not be the case. C'est la vie! Rich Hill has been on every team. Every team and then some. He's been on so many teams I haven't even heard of some of them. Okay, that's a slight exaggeration, but only slight. The A's will be the eighth major league roster Hill's name has graced and his 25th team overall, when you include minors and independent league ball, and that's not even counting college. He's...
Athletics Nation Apr 9, 2016

Fixing Rich Hill

A look at the lefty's first taste of action in the green and gold. Rich Hill is an interesting case. He was arguably the best pitcher in baseball last season for a grand total of four starts. His efforts were rewarded with a one year, six million dollar contract and a guaranteed rotation spot for an A's team that doesn't have any rotational depth. It's high risk and high reward at its best, although the A's did mitigate Hill's risk some by signing Henderson Alvarez. Hill was supposed to be the A's number two starter, but circumstances likely known as Chipotle forced him to start the first...
Athletics Nation Apr 9, 2016

This Week In Melvin

Whether this will be a regular series or a one-off depends on how you like it and also whether I can get Mel Allen to return my calls about hosting it. Not sure what's up with that guy. There is a misperception that analyzing a manager's tactical decision-making is a black and white referendum on his tactical skills overall. However, in reality every manager, over the course of a long season, is going to make at 50 great decisions and 50 poor ones -- not to mention all the good ones that go bad and the bad ones that work out anyway. The point of this analysis is simply to parse some of the...
Oakland Tribune Apr 5, 2016

Gray misses start; A's drop opener to White Sox

Sonny Gray was scratched from his opening night start thanks to food poisoning; That left it to Rich Hill to start, and he lasted 22/3 innings in what turned out to be a 4-3 White Sox win over Oakland,

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