It took a month but the deadline deal for Hill/Reddick is starting to pay dividends
Rich Hill’s blister and Josh Reddick’s month long slump were the subjects of humor and laughter in August but as the calendar turns to September the Dodger front office may get the last laugh.
Rich Hill did make one start in August, and it was a beauty, and he has followed that up with an even better second start. If the blister problems are behind him, a healthy Hill can beef up a Dodger rotation that looks to be adding the best pitcher in baseball later this coming week.
While a Kershaw/Maeda/Hill and somebody is not on the same level as Kershaw/Greinke/Ryu and Nolasco in 2013 or Kershaw/Greinke/Ryu/ in 2014 or Kershaw/Greinke/Brett Anderson in 2015, it is looking better than what it appeared to be four weeks ago which was Maeda/Kazmir and anybody’s guess.
Josh Reddick endured a horrible August but his luck has turned in September with a three-hit game on Saturday including his first Dodger home run. Josh actually had hits in the last two games of August and now sports a modest four-game hitting streak. I’ve always been one to view horrible slumps by good healthy players as a harbinger of an amazing streak to follow, so it won’t shock me if Josh Reddick’s September is one to marvel at during the winter.
Now that Puig is back the Dodgers right field option against either right or left handed pitchers just got much better as did the Dodgers chances to not only make the postseason for the fourth time in four years but to make some noise.