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John Farrell: John Lackey deserves all the credit for his turnaround

Jul 3, 2013|

Salk and Holley check in from Fenway with Red Sox Manager John Farrell for their weekly chat. Farrell discusses the resurgence of starter John Lackey, the timetable for Clay Buchholz and the depth of the bullpen.

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All right we apologize to everybody has got to work until 8 o'clock tonight all the text messages pouring in. Everybody mad at Oakmont I told you people be jealous of him from being done -- at 2 o'clock today and -- -- for forty weekend. UPS the Postal Service all those guys checked in in. So and there are at least work until five and baseball managers plot structure we're working after five and after eight. You'll have got a lot of holidays it seems to have your stamp a huge huge down and got to talk to the media who. That's the idea of the work that you -- down this job by the way we have 8911 call. From the Hernandez home domestic dispute India allegedly punched out -- window we have the sound of outplayed for you coming up here in about fifteen minutes but first. We do have John Farrell who joins us every single Wednesday here and out of Fenway Park. Good to have you win again last night every time with hockey coming off another nice win. Well it's but it beats the alternative but good to see guys here today in or were ready to get it on here again tonight. Are -- starter. Last night John Lackey. Another good start for him and every you've been on the radio here it was a hot stove show. Bradford and then hand that Alex beer. He took a call one of the callers that well what what's the biggest surprise what are we going to be surprised about. And you didn't hesitate mr. John Lackey. What did you see even -- that was in January February particular -- you off the John Lackey was good and I have this kind of season. You know Michael I think when you look at a guy who's been a successful pitcher for a number years and is coming off an injury. And having recently visited John prior to that call -- talking about. To see what he had done the reshaped his body the commitment that he was showing. And felt like this is a first year in probably three years that he might not be competing against the health of his own body. And fortunately for us. The work that he's done in the off season is certainly paying off now and in my gosh. What with each start over the last three or four you're seeing arm strength continue to build. Bosses on everything but it's certainly a sign internally how well he feels and and just that he's out there competing. Against the opposition and not a farm I saw your quote this morning she said last I read it this morning about how he is he's using the lower part of the strike zone to set up everything he does and that's always generating -- swings and misses. Is that does he have to do that to succeed is that a general thing for him or such -- last night I think that's pitching in general that's not a specific to John and John Lackey. You know typically you're always looking to -- bottom of the strikes on so if you do happen to make mistake up in the zone. There's a little bit of a surprise element that's involved there where hitter might you know hit a drive a fly ball revenue dropped the ball in the ballpark and at the velocity in which is pitching with. By being able to do that name climb the ladder you know high fastball you've got to have tremendous bat speed to get on top high fastball particulates. In 94 -- ninety six's John was throwing last night the first four innings or so. But you know in all this you know Jon deserves all the credit in the world because he's the one it's put forth the work he's the one that's. Gone down that lonely path of rehabbing -- Tommy John surgery and and it's great for he and us to see what he's doing right now. Was just company he was missing in 22 and was it a mentality with it getting his body and in the proper shape I'm -- won fourteen games this ERA was it was well above his -- his career average. And he probably gave up more hits than he was comfortable with. It is or something he didn't do in that he's doing now. Well I think. Mean from the American League west in the American League east and not to say that that the west is less competition but you're dealing completely different environments. They're smaller ballparks. You know he's he's. Typically been over the course was -- kind of an even split down whether it's an equal number of ground balls and fly balls. And by virtue some of the ballpark two pitches and there's going to be some more balls and -- a ball park and I think when you see that the higher ERA it's a result of that. And I think at that time you know the American League east was as it is now a very tough division. So I think there was some adjustment up in the lineup they didn't have the luxury of some of those ballparks out west particularly at night. Anaheim Oakland Seattle at -- those are very very good pitcher's ballparks. -- came into hitters environment and you know that that's gonna have some adjustment Ashley and John Farrell this those brought you -- -- bell insurance town fair tire and celebrity cruises. I can ask you the question I want askew I wanna ask you what is Angel Hernandez is problem and I know you can't answer that question is not gonna ask that question I asked myself the same question last month -- problem. I Woody Austin -- yeah. -- I don't think I've ever seen the third base umpire well for the ball like -- -- the explanation was he saw him and he might have done you know just gonna have it where he'll he'll go to was mouth but typically he'll go to o's uniform -- and that's the protocol that's the rule. If a pitcher has the ball he's on the robbers on the dirt portion he's got a -- office and and I think in that. Prior to that particular pitch. He might have seen him go to his mouth until the ball in any actual -- checked and there was nothing there but. You know you start to put things together in the next ball ends up at the legend and the only run they scored last night -- Pate John put it behind. And went on for a stroke -- when I saw you go out there. We're going out here because you want to -- What -- what the home run we went out there because of that. That little sequence there no I went out started dear to me if the the crew -- -- a safer -- -- I mean if I had an issue with what took place prior -- talked Angel but he has the right to make that call and then an actual ball so that that's what took place but. I think more than anything when they convene as a group and then they reverse the call I just Cecil why -- we not use replay. That's what's your four. And they said there was no reason to because three of the four pars were a 100%. Accurate or aura of the mind that. That ball hit that -- in ricocheted upward which obviously means to home I'm very surprised to know that the one umpire who did not see the same way the other three in every camera side was once again they got a big name and give credit also ready to say it happens -- they did that but give credit they got it they did they get out there right. As it was it was it was clear they did it was a homer and but I just felt like -- in support John in support of our team I just want to get their view. You know in a conversation and -- that's what was. You like to use Jacoby Ellsbury and he's an interesting weapon he's he's. He's got a ton of speed he gets on base when you think about him when you want to run when you don't want to run. How do you think about Jacoby Ellsbury as successful of as a base stealer. The as he is he's got the green light whether that's when he's at first base second base. There are times when we don't we'll shut him down because of the game situation how little you know the hitter that might be at the plate at the given time the score all that. But because of Jim Jacoby success rate. And -- you know -- -- is he is that we we turn him loose in in he's a very astute base runner when he took when he has the conversations like. The one pre series or in between innings. Or with a given pitcher that's recently come to the mound. He he knows every every pitcher's checkpoint as far as where to look for in terms of getting a read on on the break in the jump what the modern times are so. He's a student of that part of the game that's why is so successful. And in general on aggressiveness. You know what what your philosophy there not just with Jacoby Ellsbury with a team because when team is aggressive and -- since this is great. Look at them taking extra base and lately. You know I had Pedroia thrown out at the plate last night he had Korea. Out at second on -- on -- out and play there. Steal attempt. In victory you know if you are a few nights ago and came back and redeem himself the winning run erode the winning hit error. -- how do you view we. We wanna set an aggressive tone there there's no question about it we're looking at every possible way to advance ninety feet. The thing that will happen and and we we know this and this is what we have to support our players and because there's going to be focus and attention drawn. To those times when that does not work. But when it goes. When it happens with success. Sometimes that's just assumed in while you get a good read in the in the get the extra feet extra ninety feet. We wanna put pressure on the defense we wanna force them to execute in a situation last -- you know you talk about Pedroia that's a 32 count and a lot of times if not most times. Will put that runner in motion it's one stay out of the double play particularly if it's a ground ball. In the case last night were were Napoli strikes out and Pedroia gets thrown out okay so does turn into. -- double play. You talk about the play at the plate last night if you look at the replay. That's what tag wasn't -- night so. That read it and that call is the absolute right one typically and honestly that that should have been run in that first inning. In Snyder's case last night with one out he's trying to take the extra base and stretch -- into a triple. Were completely fine with making that second -- -- at at third base you don't wanna make the first -- third out obviously massive the general -- The overall home as one of aggressiveness calculated aggressiveness high percentage of our success for a stole bases north of 80%. And and the thing. North of 75% you're an acceptable range but. We're always looking to try to put the pressure on the defense and force them into hopefully either hurried throw. A misplayed a ground ball in the outfield in and more than anything it's it's an attitude to tone that we set. Sued to give an impression across the field do you talk to the young guys about that's when Snyder comes in for the first time -- week or so ago do you sit down with him have a conversation. And saved we wanna be aggressive we don't wanna do and you have those indoctrination. Conversations with the young guys well that. Would have taken place with -- it because what we do -- him at the major level is simulated and certainly it in Pawtucket and Portland trying to get that mindset and that style of play ingrained in young players in the event that they do come to a so. They're not like it's not like you're walking into a completely different organization it's there's some linemen top to bottom and it's what we set from day one in spring training so. It's not like we walk in the ballpark and say well let's try this today that there's a lot of thought lot of effort a lot of repetition. Paid to some things were talking I guess I mean do you sit down it is not going to be any different here don't don't think that you got to do more do last would you -- -- shows up you have a conversation oh yes I did try to outline what has -- going to be how we envision. Him being used what we're looking for in terms of certain situations and base running is is clearly one of them. But he's also been another organization's particular Texas that has got a very similar style to which we did we use old when you when you talk -- run the bases. John give us the latest on -- He threw yesterday out to sixty feet is the first time that. You know he's over the weekend -- balls interest it is normally yesterday was for it was day one of really the first -- historic program no issues whatsoever to go. Similar distance sixty to 75 feet today. The benchmark that we look in this -- is getting out -- 120 feet long toss that'll followed by some some flat ground work. Once he completes that that's when he gets on the mound so. What we've tried to do is stay away from on this date we expect him to be here. We were hinged on that a little bit prior to this most recent shut down and I think that caused a little bit of the the ebb and flow with his mindset. And kind of hinging an -- as they going to be the day so we've kind of take a step back from that saying here here's the prescribed distance is number of throws day in and day out so we can better measure how he's feeling coming out of each session so. I don't know what that means is we don't have an exact date which -- returned to us but given the number of -- he's -- since his last start against the Angels. His failure to make two rehab starts before it comes back and joins a rotation near Boston do you feel about coach you horrible closer long term. Well I guess in or rolled long term us tonight. So that in the case -- You know it. We fully expect him to be ready tonight. And that'll become more clear as we get through the day and in our early work his throwing program. But we we have to balance things out there's there's no question about it he was very clear that he was available three consecutive days when he when he. Saved those three games at last week. But to me right now where we stand the biggest key for us is to get -- -- back contract. Not only does allow us a power right hander to attack right handed hitters. But it also gives us -- got to even -- the workload and give us a guy that when he's right he's a very very accomplished close. Long term tonight doesn't assault pickup lines and the bachelor. There and it'd work out throughout four. But I'm yesterday as if you have if you wind up getting some help in double. Are you comfortable with you we are is is he is he the same pitcher in the closer role. Or in Europe if he had to druthers would you say okay the perfect role for him is seventh inning or eighth inning at a preferred to use him as a setup guys and then the club. Well. Great question Michael always from the standpoint that if if we had a picture of equal caliber of coach you are today. Having that. One additional reliever that can be used in the meat of the order seventh or eighth inning. It's much like I used your -- to say it all the time the ability to have Daniel Bard in that seventh eighth inning depending on whether he'd have. Lineup was. That's when your most viable guys lately game. The fact is we moved Koji. You know that closers role it's. Foursome guys and we -- guys to step up and responsibility in their role and and we're still working through that a little bit right now so. All things being equal love to have a guy and that's Andrew Bailey he's in house we -- we need to get him on track. But that type of reliever late in the game it just gives us more flexibility and more options to go to. Are strong enough for Mohegan sun's gonna -- John Ferrell contest. Today's question for the manager comes from Mark Gordon Marcus from Nashua, New Hampshire. He wants to know do you think Jose Iglesias deserved serious consideration. To the AL rookie of the year. Well that ended today you policy absolutely he'd he'd need to be that went to the one thing that's we have in front of mrs. Button so many more games to play in an author and a lot of I games that are going to be highly contested and and of meaning and of importance. But I think the one thing that he shows up every night. And seemingly gets two hits -- night. And now that he's pressed into playing shortstop which is back to his natural position there's been no drop off. It eased to a one heck of a job and you know about those. I'll boarding knowledge of those what -- those are gonna take care of themselves. If he keeps saying with the same work ethic and the same routine I think he'll find himself a pretty good place. As long as every time we can be here on Wednesday you guys won the night before I feel like things that are all right with the world. For the Boston Red Sox 51 wins already they played place San Diego once again tonight. John Farrell joins us every Wednesday brought you -- -- insurance town fair tire in celebrity cruises. Thanks so much -- talking next week the 42 guys are there you go the fourth coming up next we get the 911 call. That you need to hear this is -- from Aaron Hernandez is now fiance. And the domestic dispute -- allegedly which is out of window play the sound coming -- -- salt and holly here W yeah.

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