The last time we heard publicly from Rich Hill – he was brutally honest. To a fault, Hill said there was some misunderstanding in the aftermath of being pulled from game four of the World Series with the Red Sox. Now, Hill is being complimentary. In fact, he’s being down right bullish.
It’s a great thing to hear – Rich Hill joined MLB Network radio – and he says the Dodgers have the best starting rotation in all of baseball.
"We have the best starting rotation in baseball." – #Dodgers SP Rich Hill
?? Change his mind. pic.twitter.com/6vubx5u3Ny
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) January 25, 2019
Moreover, Hill was particularly favorable to pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. Here’s a quote from Hill’s segment, with the full audio available above.
I mean this is coming from an unbiased opinion, but it sounds like it’s being biased because of being with the Dodgers. But I feel like we have the best starting rotation in baseball. And it definitely speaks to Rick Honeycutt and his ability to communicate with each and every one of us; and give us the game planning and skill set that we need to go out and execute.
It makes sense – Honeycutt is excellent at what he does. Since 2006, he’s survived several regime changes and legions of different arms that cycle on and off the major league roster.
Furthermore, the reason for Honeycutt’s staying power is what Hill speaks towards. Equally important – when you combine a pitching coach like Honeycutt with a star-studded staff like the Dodgers will run out in 2019 – Hill’s words don’t seem unrealistic.
Currently the Dodgers are 7 to 1 odds to win the 2019 World Series. If asked to pinpoint a single reason ‘why’, the first thing I point towards is the depth of the starting rotation the Dodgers have at their disposal.
Rich Hill strikes me as a smart baseball player. We should all put plenty of weight in his words. Do you agree with Hill in his assessment of the Dodgers’ staff? Why or why not?
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