One major reason why the Dodgers are in a good spot record-wise with a little less than a month to go in the season has been the production of their young pitchers. They have helped keep LA afloat all year long, and they are making their case for potential playoff time as well.
One of those pitchers has been rookie Emmet Sheehan, who has bounced around from the minors over the last month. But his value to this team can’t be overstated, as he was a mainstay in their rotation during some troubling times.
Sheehan showed that he could pitch at the major league level, but that he also could benefit from some extra work at Triple-A. After all, he never made a start at the Triple-A level before being called up to start for the Dodgers.
But Sheehan has impressed LA this season, and he spoke about what he has learned during his time with the team so far.
“It’s been amazing. I honestly don’t think you can put together a better group of veterans, better group of role models for us to learn from. The pitchers, obviously, you’re learning so much from these guys.”Per SNLA
Having a guy like Clayton Kershaw around you as a rookie is probably a little intimidating, but he is the perfect veteran to learn from. His longevity has been incredible, so anything that Sheehan can pick up from him will only help going forward.
On the season, Sheehan has posted a 3-1 record with an ERA of 5.79 over ten games. Being with the Dodgers has shown Sheehan how to go about things on a daily basis, and he said that he learned it from some of the position players.
“But even the position players — Freddie, Mookie, J-Hey — just seeing how they go about their work every day, it’s just awesome. To have a front row seat to that, gives us a great example.”Per SNLA
It remains to be seen if Sheehan will be a participant on the postseason roster, but if he is, it’s because he has earned it every step of the way. He has shown the team what he can do, and they believe in him when he takes the mound.
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