Sawchik: Rich Hill and rethinking the perfect

From Travis Sawchik at FanGraphs on August 24, 2017:

Rich Hill keeps forcing us to rethink everything.

He has us rethinking how to pitch, finding success even while employing just a fastball and curve — and frequently utilizing the latter as his primary pitch.

Has has us rethinking when it’s appropriate to give up on an arm. Perhaps never, in his case. Hill’s return to the majors — and to a three-year, $48-million deal — began in independent ball two years ago.

 And there was Hill in the ninth inning on Wednesday, forcing us to rethink what it is to be perfect. Three outs away from retiring the first 27 batters of the night, he also faced the prospect of having to go at least 10 innings to secure a perfect game in Pittsburgh.

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Originally published: August 24, 2017. Last Updated: August 24, 2017.