Sep 11, 2013|
Our weekly session with the manager comes on a good day after the successful return of Clay Bucholz. We talk about the strength of the pitching staff with Clay's return, the ongoing roles for Steven Drew and Xander Bogaerts, the widening lead for the division, prepping for the playoffs and much more.
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Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)
John Farrell joins us right now as he does every Wednesday brought your buyer -- insurance. Town fair tire am -- callous hockey John we're watching all of us that watched Buchholz last night. And I mean we couldn't help would be surprised what were you thinking as you watch. Honestly going into the game the expectations were it'll. Probably left in the way he pitched because one the fact he was walking the mount forest what was the biggest benefit all. But it seemed a -- how the field was changer for the cutter that he had it was pretty remarkable when he considers the three months since his last which at this level. It in the way that game turned out the five -- shut -- ball that he pitched my gosh -- we needed every bit of that. What's next warm -- had you zionists I heard you say for the game certainly five to eighty. Pitch count how about that his next start. You know that it'll increase some you know to what extent that is what we you'll see what happens on Sunday night against New York but. No I think the biggest thing that we show was. You know. What did he can never replicated the minor league level is the speed of the game restrict the hitters lineup up and down. He hit that great with with a three month layoff but he had whether it was controlled the running game in certain situations or just controlling his own adrenaline emotion. Any middle lot of good pictures sold whatever we increased that to mean it'll be an incremental -- Put the stress to the pictures and time again we're gonna probably -- as much as anything going forward. Was there ever -- point during this process he wound up missing 82 games that was their report when you said to yourself. Okay we're gonna have to go forward as if they buckled to darken a comeback in the 2013 season. I think there was there was some thought that probably do you know his return was much greater than 5050 we felt like that but. When we acquired can be a lot of that had to do with the uncertainty with a clay was gonna get back in for how long and once we realized it was going to be in September we knew there was going to be a full month. The pitching needed by an additional starter and you also are I think we're Ben made the greatest decision abolished reliving the 2011 September. In when starters went down and not having those guys available to which would escalate we need that -- With the rotation so the other that was part of the fought the -- might not return but thankfully -- feel like there's. 3 weeks remaining here where we can get a much to -- -- -- applause. And see where we go beyond September. It helps your team long term to have done what you did it with your with your guy with him how. Helps us in the hallway that he's not arrested or. No I mean does it help does that help that the that you guys are able to keep. 600 winning percentage Wally was out that you were able to bring in Jake Peavy and and and keeping your rotation. I don't know I don't know really necessarily what I was looking parties curious whether or not it helps the team prepare itself for for run into October. Well it's clear that what it states as you know you losers -- -- starting pitcher that was putting the bat and we have a number got thrown well but. When you consider that we're able to maintain our spot in the in the division in the standings. I think it speaks to the overall depth -- which we talked about you know proper course of -- -- to the rotation. Whether you guys on the bench gushed from the minor leagues. And the fact that we were able to sustain that in -- you know half the season. I think it just speaks to the overall death -- Tina -- put together. No one of the debates we were having here before yesterday's game was. You know why Stephen Drew was in the lineup over Zander Bogart's. Well we were both guessing lie. Bogart's wasn't there. Theoretically could hit lefties better than. And Stephen Drew we had guesses. But we've I would rather hear from him so what -- -- when that decision. Well as -- maintained all along Stephen Drew the short stop being walled in a boat parts of very good looking young player. We're coming off an off day that we we brought gender here to give some rest the left side of the infield. I I do know that -- is going to be in the it'll be in the game tomorrow. Maybe not at shortstop but that he'll be on the field tomorrow but. Still coming off the off -- I don't turn away from what players have done throughout the course of the year and I and I think that's important. That they know that not that they'll take it for granted by any means but they understand that just because another players come to us in a very good moment in the Bogart's. That. You know American -- election. About the splits the the numbers for for drew vs lefties. Well he's a better you better hitter against right handers is no question he's also alone above average defender. Any in tight games. Defense is going to be your premium and there were couple plays flash -- to be made that are not things and what debate. But the utility made them cleanly. And you know what Stephen Drew back from shortstop. What do you think Zander Bogart's role is in and could be throughout the rest of this season or potentially into the policies. Well we're betting -- you know we haven't got -- -- -- -- postseason -- -- -- like we we feel -- -- -- Those comments the first salute I think the right reasons. But but in her role is to dispel guys on the left side of the infield and they'll continue to do that we go to school the last three weeks. Is it possible for him to earn a greater role than that. It's possible everything's possible but. -- says good good the way that will swing of the bat the way that Stephen -- about the second half of the season in the defense displayed at shortstop. He's a mainstay for every day came. And we would talk with you before about being aware of the standings and looking at Tampa mean let's not pretend I mean that everybody knows they're chasing Eunice is a big series for you. Is that was not a factor in going to you we -- last night for the four out save in other words if you're playing in the White Sox. I do you do the same thing. It depends on who's come into the plate I really felt like bull Myers as good as an outstanding fastball hitter. NFL -- split that was that was a better match up. In. If it is the White Sox. -- taught -- -- worked up for the year that every win. May have greater significance so. You know we've got to look coaching I think now three times with a four -- -- and I wouldn't say that. You know if it's a White Sox may make the same move with a two run game. How do you balance that nominee you've got a chance to see him throw more than three outs at a time if you need that in a -- in any hypothetical playoff situation that I know you're not rated talk about you know he's able to do that. How do you balance the need to see that with the need to make sure he's well rested enemies right around his site is all time. Pitching innings limit or where he's been in the past. -- about those things. You know my -- I think. What were were more than willing to it to do it because we have and yet at the same time if you thirteen pitches and full boat to get four -- last night. Its the efficiency that really gives the freedom to do. And and that's. That's the beauty of coach you are I mean you know when you look at the total number of pitches thrown since going into the close -- per inning. I would I would venture to say its lowest in the major -- on average. It and it's because of that efficiency that we feel like when we get them up we get him in the game in and he's been such a great job of not. Maybe overworking himself with longer innings in. It's pretty remarkable or are mentioned from the border last night the dugout as soon as that last inning is unfolding as it. He's got a chance to get four -- and hope this is about the time he had thrown eleven strikes of the Olympic pitch was thrown. In and it's really amazing what we're seeing an ecological. Posey doing it I mean it as a fan you watch him pitch. I know he's got a good split finger fastball we want to pitch and he he's not throwing 95 he doesn't look like your traditional closer. What is it about him that is able that allows him to be not just defective but as you said it really limit his pitch count. You're the one thing like he he you can't measure is deception in the delivery and in his case -- can take the velocity and and kind of put that aside because it's a reaction of the hitters that tell you everything and an 88 is it almost plays like it is Monday five because the swings that you see. That the opposing hitters are are. Are you going against him and I and I mentioned a number of times is that. He has almost like six cents on the mound he knows who hit a feel for what the hitters gonna swing whether or not. His pitch selection to regardless of who's behind the plate whether it's been salty. You know Rossi looked a little far away I mean he's got such a great feel to go to a pitch. That may be -- that you're not looking for the look for the other one and it's the constant cat and mouse game. And because explosively strikes he puts the hitter and sling load immediately. Well you can brag about somebody if if somebody. Said this before you guys arguing aren't. If if somebody in the group says you know what don't we consider this guy's a closer to that happened. No it didn't. Let's go to underlies it didn't because -- -- opposite view we we wouldn't would have thought that okay -- was what we know we know other events that took place. But I think if you look back to the performance and coaches have in the states. When he's come over from Japan. I think because -- in the closer role he's getting. The much deserved notoriety right now but a lot -- numbers you can match them up to years past where. He's doing the same thing this year as it did before but he was just governor -- -- It is it too early to think about I know you talk about his efficiency and last night was a perfect example not from any pitches. But his career he's one inning away from his career high in innings pitched and that was four years ago with the Orioles. At some point you're mad at numbers ten do you start thinking. Ari we're gonna. -- reduce his his innings or or maybe even to stop using -- down the stretch because we don't wanna hit a certain feeling. Well I think when we get to that point where he you know were assuring herself of continuing on what will look at. Every position on the field and in the end. You don't build in some rest were needed. But the one thing it. In my conversation with Cody every day are you know how are you feeling what -- some of the things you might be dealing with which physically not do anything and you know we're cognizant of where we're is that in terms of the number of appearances so far this year and how it compares to years past. But the thing that we use the most is this his feedback. And how we feel physically and and you watched the work routine in which she goes through after games but he keeps himself in great shape. In his get a very detailed warmup routine and you know the one thing that I also look at is that we warmed him up only three times this year in which he's not gotten into the game. And a lot of times that swirled that the workload can pile up as -- There's a warm ups but they don't get the game. So I think there's been a number of things are really played into the year that he's had but most importantly his ability. You got a chance to assure yourself of the series win tonight what is your lineup look like for the game. -- -- Pedroia Victor Reno and David and in the three hole directly for -- fired. Drew was in the six hole. Middle -- seven Ross is behind the plate -- were. Go and every other day for the first few days and what -- practice gradually -- him back in and Jackie Bradley and sort of -- So Pedroia leads off for the second time what does that commerce station like with him. Letting them know that he's going to be doing that what we went into your thought process behind. You know on the off day we talked about it and he and I have a couple of conversations -- if you text messages back and forth and you know it we're going back and forth and register you don't screwed up their films like cave. Would we consider you put me put you in the leadoff spot to secede pitches and and and see how guys are looking to attack a right handed hitter. He's got a very good on base percentage. It's -- everybody up it's been really swinging the bat well of late including Napoli in David assuring David gets to the plate in the first inning. And so there was a culmination of things but it's pretty it's pretty willingness to do what. I think more what's called for -- sit together a very good on base guy in the leadoff spot. Our John we start now from Mohegan son's dinner with John Ferrell contest. Today's question for you comes from Stewart's silver streak he's from Brookline who wants to know. He says I'm a director of a middle school baseball program with sixty kids. Our our young pitchers are always looking at new pitches slider -- -- books that are in your opinion. What types of pitches and techniques. Should a young high school pitcher focus. Fastball change up first and foremost. The breaking ball you know what and I and I would say how would go curve ball before slider just because that's more -- friendly. Because of mutual slaughter us you know incorrectly you put much greater stress on the elbow so. That won't change that would be the priority. And then. The -- following. What are we tell those kids doctor on the changeup right off the bat. You have to find a grip a group that feels comfortable because you know you as a young player and and really this goes. Through these guys it's Saturday college or or pro ball you're you're thinking about probable hard as you can. Or trying to create philosophy in Middleton and ask yourself patrol approached the slower so there's a little bit of a middle blocker and finding a grip to kill the speed is. -- the most important thing whether that's three fingers with a that's splitting your fingers to make a little bit of offshore. Where are split change -- grip. Or some -- circle change -- there's been different grips and the reason is because. It's not the most cultural pitched to learn to throw but what did you did you do I -- like clock actually getting. Almost. -- split finger. Because to me throwing all -- -- with three fingers rather than putting my whole -- on the baseball that felt most comfortable make. I love that question from Stewart's over street that was a great question you hear what the -- question once. Our way at army hard. I don't know I don't know that you do to I don't -- I ought to just say no and hang up I don't I don't know how they handled this but dobbs throughout this is the guy from Wakefield. His name's Dan he says. Would you hire me as your executive assistant. I've got eight years of management experience and possess it tenacious. Person has that personality. Well -- fortunate we've got a lot of support staff around here so I would probably venture to say no -- Let him down gently that's surprising I think that this is how you were going to acquire your executive all of them but the surprising you didn't decide to do at the meridian if you don't you wanna know about the resume don't you wanna know. You know I think -- bypass the -- -- just say no we're good. Our producer Ben is also interested in the job and give me give an interest and and -- willing to make a trade you give us Pedroia will give you Dan. Oh lord our own merits sounds good -- thank you so much I enjoy the rest of the tripled to talk to next week. Are you right there and John Farrell was brought -- buyer -- insurance town fair tire and -- -- -- I thought I had a thought I was gonna get a drink beer producer. Paul's question. I've already spent the arbiter right out there and I'd be your banners -- hire me as your personal no ads -- reasoning there executive. Got an executive vessels much more professional -- personal assistant executive to executive has what do you think the executive assistant does this not the bench coach. Are you asking to be a bench coach not on the bench coach that's the executive assistant during the game -- is nothing I mean I know Tito and -- I was got the sense -- he was always the executive assistant on the all time of the day -- you could call him at 3 in the morning mills here's what I need -- to be right on the phone on to. Executive assistant you know managing his schedule. You know making keeping keeping all the the things. That that might distract the manager keeping those things away from our lots still to go to today here -- Gerry Callahan quoted his in his article column this morning I have to get too because really I'm really curious about it. And then also what what John -- just told about about to about the reasoning. Trying to acquire the acquisition of Jake Peavy. And and and the way he'd -- to Clay Buchholz went buckles on the regular -- -- in a better when we return to rockaholic WE.
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