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Red Sox GM Ben Cherington chats with D&C about the ALDS and the Rays

Oct 3, 2013|

Cherington checks in with Dino, Gerry and Kirk to analyze the playoff roster and the match-up against the Rays. He believes that the team is “well prepared” to face Tampa in this series.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

The front office report -- but do you -- vita Coco. Newton Wellesley hospital celebrity cruises long one on one and January and by two -- but business solutions ensuring that joins us on the AT&T -- -- morning and how -- We're spent which spent the rest of that and ago I got you now morning -- -- do it very well you know everybody knows the players must deal with up playoff pressure and pregame nerves. General managers have free series anxiety jitters or because your work is essentially done you just sit back let it wash over you. Well I think that those second being -- eternity unity. Everything so much in place by now. Charms. The players that are exactly what they get ready at -- -- out. Without a doubt they'll have a way yeah. Or -- that yeah we -- they'll have an idea. Nerves. You know I don't think we'd be human and we didn't -- Series where we are literally sucked in and are ready in the game action he should be and all -- but. Who -- -- solution there are certain. I -- if you. Operating in a vacuum and starting from scratch would you construct a team for the regular season. Differently than you would construct a team for the post season. Well. He can't get there without the other you know or without -- right. I don't know I think I'd assume the post either get it posted aside from all the -- The competition. It is the schedule sooners. Beat more off days or so. Them and -- Also knew the less it's at least her numbers her policy do. Regular season but other than that and a quality competition. I don't know I think generally. The things that helped us win games so in April may and June July and August September most that are -- in. I'd tell us the truth and you were as disappointed as all of us the rest of us to see. The Indians lose last night you were hoping to get to the Indians in and in the next round. -- include Troy absolutely twenty inning game. There are other than that diagnostic. -- and you know watching the game in the office is Weaver where there are reports and so on certain. For the rays or Indians general. We'll get you know the best today and talk about ever amount that they are in other very well. Right but wouldn't you agree that Tampa it's a tougher team a tougher matchup the certainly a better starting pitching. Well I don't know -- you know they're both good teams out there and they've -- that are similar records. Opinions are so -- at the end of the way to. It's come together. I don't know that it's hard to say we we know the raised very well. We've played well against races here we will be well prepared we Millar hit a pitching stops at all Rivera. Play Smart baseball we'll make good decisions and we think we will to. It should be great series. -- as the Fenway home field advantage a bit mitigated because Tampa has played there -- so many times as opposed to somebody who is -- within your division. Well I think this year past. In in post season games where the crowd. You know can give us an edge and I think -- impressively yesterday. Packers and their there are sort. Our crowd gets so loud that. It it can create an -- and that's it I think most. Most things. -- that are -- are -- play. Still Lakers aren't surprised at home in the post you don't suppose that's why you don't -- there -- -- -- -- some errors. So hopefully we'll take advantage of that Adam -- field and who we played very welcome here in. That. You don't play as well against him as well against lefties as righty how much lefty. Righty -- maneuvering do you expect from your manager and you're involved in these discussions. But will we see for instance Zander Bogart's played in the in these first two games or will he stick with the left hander Stephen Drew. Well and you know that's. You know obviously you know alert him to make them sit and talk about -- In I think there's there's all the ballots there's. There's some treatment on it or not send in those reasons. And it is with those reasons. I hope -- circuit during the regular season and Arabic and they're guys that apparently. Mostly here are helpless where in the postseason and there may be situations that come up that there where there's certain matchup that we can. Helped you out in our favor a little bit which already considered an insult them. But I think our strength. Here who -- largely about. You know the ability to use all our roster and different roles and result in Indian policy. A -- well to tell you the rays won three elimination games in three different cities I believe in four nights they have been home since September 23 while that is impressive it's certainly I would think take some sort of pull those are high leverage. Highly pressurized situations is that a good thing or a bad thing for the race. Well you know they're they're did you get in periods so. You know everything grocers are. -- -- -- -- -- Yeah Adam and me. They have a little bit a little loose that there in September. But welcome sold out of it and not private group as a coach because him and -- Been there done that and try to do that -- Or negate the need to learn from Toronto and then. One to is crucial game -- Last she mentions in Texas and Cleveland so you know we. Since this is not a this is not a posters of -- you know we've we've played them a lot. -- well. They'll be prepared -- repaired. And don't just come down you know look look at it as as it -- it seemed especially in this series because we know each other so well. I'm sure that -- I'm sure that you end John would say between Lester and Lackey and buckled you'd comparable with any one of those guys in either spot. But does the pitching order that apparently has been established was the coin flip to differentiate them a whole little -- let's. You know Dallas that the current play I think it. -- pitched. Lackey is the solo home. The way it lined up even going back later here serve worked out easier that way. Clay is better excellent -- such -- here and so. That a little bit to do that -- You know it. Just as much it was the way get away -- that that line during the Raiders aren't a. A you know on a what we hear people talk about the rays we think that magic and Maddon has some magic can on the got some kind of some some this intangible thing going on but you know an intangible kind of guy you're a baseball guy and black and like and how how do the rays do it in your mind then. As a baseball guy how do you explain the -- success with that low payroll. They're good players in our industry millions. Is that do a terrific job -- Kasper or arm. Aren't there are players I -- value. Him. -- it -- trades you know -- there. -- would Carol where he's sort of eager and excited and but at the other way and -- replace some guys that are in their prime -- it done consistently. So they have good players start certainly detention center the reversal players as round. And then them. And then in the that the decision and then though America. Does that -- so it's a combination of did you personnel decision by Andrew and his staff have them. And Joseph Maddon and the stuff that did you put him right spot so it's not. I don't think it's -- magic in this. These players -- going to decision making that. You know we have what -- seemed so much every year and and they know us and also. In a distinct and ministers from that he pastor yeah. Then the the overview of your baseball team from like 30000 feet everybody would say great offense most runs scored in baseball. Solid starters a great closer but did you see this part coming defense and I believe the Red Sox -- third. -- with the defensive runs saved and stealing bases as well. Mean that's an element that when we're sitting in spring training we never thought they had this defense and run on the bases very very well did you. Well those two areas. I'm generally can be in pursuit was. You know didn't work preparation decision making a lot of extra from the coaching staffs are certain players. The talent level and be there are speaking at the open enrollment and he he can't make it sort of course you don't have stability and peace are. I have a preparation goes from that to -- -- media well prepared and him. So what does it surprise me that we use them better and experiences because it's been such a focus. Spring training and -- Are they. It's it's great steal bases and everyone knows that but you have to -- and a high enough success rates are actually help the and the Bermuda you know our opponents -- -- -- artists absolutely crucial start. I regret opportunities again and yet that's out there that -- there -- opportunities to go in there on the substance. Obviously very aggressive and moving out around a situation never used to you have to all the players -- -- as a reason to -- and we signed. Victory goes out to circular route them out so well earned victory turned out to cover that -- him and center right. We get our guys until pitchers and really steady. Iraq force -- English -- Pedroia to all the dispute. Napoli you know worked his tail off from the first -- -- training to become a really good solid first baseman. So it's been the combinations and but I think. The preparation that goes into it. You know start at 2 o'clock in the afternoon -- are guys that are here. Does play out and then helps us I'll source succeed in those areas on the bases -- Bent back the base running for just the second of -- may the Sox were third in stolen bases this year and were thrown out the fewest times in the American League in fact the last 39 attempts in a row works safely done. Does the nature and the pressure and the MD Robert toss a post season play. Take a little bit of that aggressiveness away because it is so much more impact full than a regular season game. Well there's no question that -- attention on both sides. Each sale and so. Situation and -- you know there'd -- try to do it to us but we're trying to do them. Exploit. Situation exploit areas and him and control them. Yeah it that you don't like their -- term potential that we do well so. I think it's fair to say that it is the postseason the bigger challenge issue. Are to succeed and you'd think -- -- -- -- we've been hearing into high level all year -- certain -- when they -- extraordinary sense. The bar's been -- -- -- -- And then you know we have a much better chance. Still succeed those errors -- -- wasn't so. We don't get that we can firm and take it and situations there. You used the word minutia and -- from -- -- piece today -- -- gets to that area where he talks about -- defensively and he -- -- reveal. The chips had saved nearly ten runs. The first two thirds of the season the Red Sox probably saved and umps are a dozen runs over the course of the season. Without giving away state secrets elect -- line down to a piece of minutia or something that -- you actually consider might be a big thing. -- all that nobody outside of you know your circle of baseball. Experts would even know was going on that you -- John. And the coaching steps some information that might give you you know 110 of 1%. Of an edge in the series. Well. Of course they do that then. Wouldn't do it no longer reward and an. Area I say -- area and I think it's you know it's it's. It's no real mystery you'll look so mr. with the rays are looking. And you know batter pitcher matchup and trying to. Exploit. You know there's a whole atmosphere exploit that. Batter pitcher matchup as you guys notes -- huge. Talk about what. I'm. You know what to do revolves around it's it's a batter pitcher matchup still more than anything else. So there's a lot of our son -- this is their time. Is all year. Of the -- -- and then there's others certainly look at that commitment -- era look at. There which situations can we go and then. He's currently trying to even further science and position and that carries a lot all year. Again that these teams know each other so well. It's not so much about you know. Or not. -- we don't. We don't need to. To tell. Out of an insult our staff that arm and Longoria is a good player and I mean -- was that -- That's so and one of those players sort of marketing and are in this situation might feel the business and them. And and and and that system really didn't please. From opening day isn't very sound kind of varies systematic way of characters series. And and so this system that really changed. -- that -- your -- to. This all would add additional guys out in games and talked about it. I -- -- -- little article or millions. Are so -- so by that standard may I assume that John Ferrell and his pitching has made his pitching staff aware that Delmon Young. As the highest career first pitch swing percentage of any active player you don't -- meatball on the first pitch I guess. Or from the -- manage yourself again. Bench with Dennis and talent on the eighteenth like AT&T the nation's fastest most reliable forgy LTE network the front -- report. Is brought to you by vita Coco Newton Wellesley hospital celebrity cruises the -- -- and -- -- business solutions.

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