So we signed Rich Hill last week...
I'm torn on this one. A pro is that he was a pretty low-risk option for the Cardinals. He was signed to a minor league contract so even if it blows up on us, it really isn't that big of a deal.
Dave Duncan is the best in baseball at reviving pitchers, there isn't any doubt about that - he's showed that with Joel Pineiro, Ryan Franklin, John Smoltz, etc. However, Pineiro and Franklin are a little different than Rich Hill. Hill developed serious control problems in '08, not entirely different from Rick Ankiel's a few years ago. We couldn't solve Ankiel's problem, so I'm not sure how we're going to solve Rich Hill's, maybe we could make him into an outfielder...yeah right. Dave Duncan is excellent at diagnosing mechanical issues with a pitcher, and if that's all Hill's problem is, then great, it might work out. I fear, however, that Hill's issues are more on the mental side of things. If he does succeed, and is able to return to his '07 form (11-8, 3.92 ERA), then he would be an ideal 5th starter as well as our only left handed starter.
It's a little late, but I am sad to see Rick Ankiel leave, though not surprised. Ankiel deserves one last shot at being a starting outfielder and, unfortunately, we couldn't offer him that. I think his down season last year was mostly due to his injury; I attribute his hot finish to the fact that he was finally healthy. I sincerely hope he can revive his career yet again in Kansas City. I have no doubt I am speaking for Cardinal Nation when I say this: I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Rick Ankiel - Farewell 24.
They were showing the '06 NLCS Game 7 on the MLB Network today - everyday something new gets me siked for the 2010 season. Give "Margaritaville" a listen today - it will put you in a "summery" mood for four minutes and nine seconds. Have a great weekend guys.
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