In a perfect world, Chris Tillman would be where he was at this time last year, sitting on 15 wins and trying not to listen to people speculating how much money he stood to make in free agency after the 2017 season.
In the currently imperfect world, Tillman is just trying to find his way back there, and time is running short.
“I think the comeback is going to be this year. … I really do,” Tillman said Sunday. “I feel like I’m that close.”
This isn’t about free agency or what his next contract will look like. It’s about Tillman reclaiming his real self, but he couldn’t really say that he did that in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels at Camden Yards.