King of the Hill once again

Rich Hill won the July NL Pitcher of the Month. He had won the AL award in 2016 in May.  Seems like a long time ago that Rich Hill couldn’t pitch and the Dodgers were laboring in late April.

Does it seem like the Dodgers are owning the Pitcher of the Month?  Would you believe that two Dodgers have won NL Pitcher of the Month in 2017 and neither is named Kershaw?

Alex Wood won in May, and now Rich Hill has won for July.

Per the Dodgers Press Release:

In five July starts, Hill registered a 4-0 record with a 1.45 ERA and an impressive 40:5 strikeout-to walk ratio en route to claiming his second career monthly award, last winning the AL Pitcher of the Month Award for the Oakland Athletics in May 2016.  The left-hander allowed just 19 hits and two home runs across 31.0 innings of work.  Rich is the second Dodgers hurler to earn monthly honors this season, following Alex Wood’s award-winning month of May. Among qualified NL starters, Hill finished the period tied for first in wins, second in strikeouts and third in ERA.

Fangraphs dashboard shows us what all that meant.

Name GS IP K/9 BB/9 ERA WAR
Aaron Nola 5 34 11.38 2.12 1.32 1.4
Michael Wacha 5 32.2 10.19 1.38 1.93 1.2
Clayton Kershaw 4 25 11.88 1.44 0.72 1.2
Rich Hill 5 31 11.61 1.45 1.45 1.2
Brent Suter 5 30 7.5 1.5 1.5 1.1
Zack Greinke 5 34 8.74 1.32 2.12 1
Lance Lynn 6 36.2 5.89 2.45 1.47 1
German Marquez 5 33.1 10.53 1.89 3.51 1
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