Honeycutt: Our Guys Don't Get Rattled

Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt weighed in on his pitching staff, which might be the best in baseball

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
June 10, 2019 - 9:11 am
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

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The Dodgers’ pitching staff is among the leaders in several statistical categories – not just in the National League, but across Major League baseball. They are second in ERA (3.29), first in quality starts (39) and shutouts (nine), and have walked the fewest batters in baseball (148).

Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-1, 1.35 ERA), Walker Buehler (7-1, 3.35), Kenta Maeda (7-2, 3.48) and Clayton Kershaw (5-1, 3.14) have more than exceeded expectations and are a big reason why the Dodgers (45-21) have the best record in baseball. Kershaw, in particular, began the season on the IL but has quickly rounded into form.

“Kersh knows no other way but to battle and fight,” Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “No matter what he has on that given day, he’s going to give you everything he has and still find a way to pitch through it and pitch with what he has on that given day. I think that’s definitely an attribute that people miss – the ability to get through with what you have and keep your team in it. Their job – and they know it – is keep the team in the game.”

Ryu, meanwhile, leads the majors in wins and ERA. 

“Either one of those guys may not have their best stuff that day,” Honeycutt said of Ryu and Kershaw, “but they just find a way. They don’t get rattled. They keep coming at you and find a way to give a good six or seven solid innings and still keep you in the ball game. It’s very powerful – their not-to-give-in, not-to-give-up attitude. They’re going to keep battling.”

Click below to listen to Honeycutt’s interview in its entirety.