Before today, the Mets were desperate for starting pitching after Jacob Degrom, Carlos Carrasco, Robert Stock, Noah Syndergaard, David Peterson, and Jordan Yamamoto were all starting pitchers for the New York Mets that were unavailable to enter the rotation. Yes, that is six starting pitchers that are currently injured for the New York Mets. The good news is that the Mets have reportedly traded pitcher Tommy Hunter and Matt Dyer to the Tampa Bay Rays for starting pitcher Rich Hill.
Rich Hill is a crucial acquisition for the Mets as they simply did not have any starting pitchers that were healthy outside of Marcus Stroman, Taijuan Walker, and Tylor Megill. Hill has had a good season with the Tampa Bay Rays with a 6-4 record, a 3.87 ERA, and a 1.164 WHIP.
While these stats are nothing spectacular, Rich Hill is certainly a serviceable pitcher with experience to plug into the rotation whenever needed, as the Mets are currently four games ahead of the Phillies and the Braves in the NL East and they need reliable starters who are available. The New York Mets are the 11th franchise that the forty-one-year-old Hill has played for, and his career numbers of a 73-48 record with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.127 WHIP suggests that he has been a reliable starter over the course of his 17-year career.
The Mets traded away Tommy Hunter who might not be able to pitch for the rest of the season with a back injury. And Matt Dyer, the catcher on the St. Lucie Mets (single A), has a hitting split of .194/.329/.452, which are not terrible numbers but he still has a lot of room to develop. Overall, this trade should be very beneficial to the Mets contingent upon Rich Hill carrying his strong season with the Rays over to the Mets.
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