Hottovy Credits Cubs Rotation's 'Professionalism'

The Cubs rotation has a 1.80 ERA, the second-best mark in MLB.

Mully & Haugh Show
July 29, 2020 - 9:52 am

(670 The Score) Through six days of the MLB season and their first five games, the Cubs' starting rotation has compiled a 1.80 ERA, the second-best mark in baseball.

The Cubs have received superb starts from Kyle Hendricks, Tyler Chatwood, Jon Lester and Alec Mills to propel their 4-1 start and rise to the top of the NL Central early on in the 60-game season. The sight has been welcomed by all in the organization but isn't much of a surprise to pitching coach Tommy Hottovy, who understands how prepared each of his pupils has been.

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"Just the professionalism, with how we've handled everything -- not just the virus but just getting back to baseball," Hottovy said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Wednesday morning of what has impressed him. "And these guys, the work they've put in, the time they put in, what we were focused on during that down time has just allowed these guys to hit the ground running. What's fun to see with our rotation too, look, we've got some really amazing people, amazing players, two guys with really elite top-of-the-league stuff in (Yu) Darvish and Chatwood, a veteran guy like Jon that understands how to pitch and has been in some of the biggest spots in the history of baseball. And Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills can go out there with what a lot of people consider less-than-average stuff and can command the baseball and change speeds and do just so many different things. It's fun to watch those guys pitch and have success. It's a credit to the work ethic, the work those guys have put in to continue to work and develop. They're such a close group, that starting group especially, that they feed off each other, they talk to each other, they talk about sequencing, they talk about the work they put in. It's just fun to see them have success.

"Pitching and defense is something that I believe in big time, and when you have that to start, you're going to be in a good spot."