Regardless of how hot the weather in Phoenix may get these days, Aaron Hill is hotter for the Arizona Diamondbacks. What started off as a rough campaign, mostly related to health, has completely turned around and Hill has the D-Backs clinging to life in the playoff race out west.
The Diamondbacks swept the Baltimore Orioles earlier this week, with a trio of walkoff wins. Hill played a part in each one, including the series finale, in which he tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, before eventually winning it in the 14th.
Hill got off to a pretty rough start this year, mainly due to health. He missed pretty much all of April, all of May, and appeared in only six contests towards the end of June. Hit hit just .250 in June, followed by .270 in July, as he tried to climb out of his rough stretch. He only hit three homers in the two months combined.
August has seen Hill become absolutely locked in, though. He’s hitting .391 this month, running his average up to .304 on the season. He’s also hit four home runs in the month of August, doubling his season total. He has multiple hits in six of his last seven games. Hill is absolutely locked in.
And that’s huge news for the Diamondbacks. They currently find themselves 7.5 games back in the National League West race, and six back in the wild card. Their playoff chances aren’t looking great, but with Hill heating up, it could mean big things for them heading into the home stretch.
Hill has brought a big bat since he was traded to the Diamondbacks and he’s continuing to prove that he’s one of the most underrated players in the game. With his hot bat, combined with the likes of Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado in the lineup, this team could make some noise as September nears.