Rich Hill will take the mound for his second start of the season Sunday afternoon as the Red Sox try to take two-of-three from the Jays.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Mookie Betts - RF||Ben Revere - LF|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||Jose Bautista - RF|
|David Ortiz - DH||Edwin Encarnacion - DH|
|Travis Shaw - 1B||Chris Colabello - 1B|
|Pablo Sandoval - 3B||Dioner Navarro - C|
|Rusney Castillo - LF||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Sandy Leon - C||Ryan Goins - SS|
|Jackie Bradley - CF||Cliff Pennington - 2B|
|Rich Hill - LHP||Mark Buehrle - LHP|
Rich Hill's first major league start both of 2015 and the last six years produced one of the most surprising performances of the season. Hill spun seven innings of one-hit, shutout baseball, racking up ten strikeouts in the process. It's probably not something that the Red Sox can count on today.
For one thing, the team he's facing is not the Rays, but the Blue Jays and their league-leading offense. For another, Rich Hill is 35 with a career ERA of 4.65. There's a reason that last outing was surprising.
But if Rich Hill isn't some late-season miracle answer to the rotation, he is, at least, interesting to watch. The man of a million curveballs is a frequent guest in Boston, and occasionally when those curveballs are all dancing perfecty, you can get gems like his outing against Tampa Bay. And when they're not...
Well, let's not talk about that.
First pitch is at 1:07 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI