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Alex Speier gives his opinions on the Red Sox opening day performace

Apr 2, 2013|

Mikey and Ryder talk with WEEI.com's Alex Speier, who is in New York covering the team and has been all throughout spring traing. Alex talks about Jon Lester's performance and what he took away from Jackie Bradley Jr's debut.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

We talked earlier about -- friend Alex theories on the phone -- right now and he's in New York I believe. Alexei in New York. I I am New York count on -- are you. Yeah I was gonna sit on June -- you leave New York once you're there in the series ain't over me -- -- drive out to the island little bit you know going to Montauk go look at the -- -- the seagulls and drive back that is like. Yeah I mean you know 88 -- are so to the mountains you know -- in pursuit of any let's take it was probably eat. You know it seemed to get out of there right now. You know I don't know if there's a when I lived in new York and the Yankees lost there was it an an air of -- just that -- hanging over that town you know because it's the city that never sleeps may have a hard time sleeping with the Yankees don't win. It might be hard for the Yankees to win a lot of games as they are currently constituted do you agree with -- Absolutely and as a routine that it doesn't really look. Didn't compare to what we've become accustomed to you know you go back through I think back to 2006. When Theo Epstein was talking about it super cheap. You're talking about -- they were in that had. You know not only not only player perform near an all star level virtually every position they had back out to represented. You know guys who would have represented legitimate Major League starter on the team yeah that's just not the case anymore. They have a lot of financial that weight on their payroll their capping their expenditures which makes it. All the more challenging for them to try to find. You know they're in to find those kind of critical replacements for the for the you know what when you have a -- a number of injuries in yeah out there and you know all of these huge deal that they've given out over time. All look like -- -- might start catching up with some -- are the ones where he. -- the jury that a little bit about -- don't like Jim too extreme conclusion based on his knowledge you performance but. You know I actually think yesterday's performance -- underscore that -- going to be bad body. Going his way it's already -- money. Going to erupt for five more years sure there's a pretty good chance it's bad but it doing it Teixeira yup or a -- it's not a big deal about hearty chunk. Of the next what four years now. So yeah there's there's a lot of payroll tied up and guys who may not be offered much production. -- sure you got granderson and who's not play every got really about 85 or ninety million dollars worth of injuries on that team to sit there. As it's as it stands right now but you also have. 100 who's going to be really -- gonna pitch around with all those -- the guys out of the lineup. Ten I was probably the -- that the most dangerous guy that's remained in the lineup and he's gonna see eighty pitches to hit. With no Teixeira and -- Jeter were in no way Ryder granderson had around him. That'll be interest -- -- I mean I -- part of it is going to depend on how good you could do because. He's the guy -- have quite a protection in and thought that particular that you -- had a fantastic spring I mean really receipts and in yeah. Quality depth -- yesterday so. You anything approaching his 2008 to 2011 -- Then that's a pretty damn good player record afford to no measure of lineup protection by. Yeah I mean I do think that there. You you weight it used to be that there were no reprieve when you're facing that lineup yeah relenting that you had. You know kind of revenue that the -- are -- A batting champion Murton Bill Miller batting ninth victory was the only really -- but that is the case anymore and when your -- about. I'd prefer to go to their bellies and and. You know it looks like the maitre. It took a major deal in north and restaurants are valued -- the big cats -- the big -- -- and that's. -- -- -- Yeah I say I daily -- -- it it's unusual put it that way this is not or pick a spot. Nobody got the only two RBIs for these depleted yankees yesterday so good for him my guest. But if it is a problem -- sabathia. Then forget about it with the Yankees now because obviously they got to count on him with his depleted lineup. -- to get at least one out of five wins for them on a regular basis and that's what they're usually counting only the kind of money. They really need their starter to be very -- their you know their opposite margin for error has diminished significantly. So they need to bat yet to be awesome they need Kuroda had to be what you've been for the last few years they need Andy -- to be healthy and really get. And then they have to find answers for the back of their rotation as well. I even in the Simon Phillips uses. You know still kind of trying to work his way back to how well. Yeah there's they're. There there's an interesting dynamic going on the -- it yesterday they looked like the Red Sox looked at the end of last year. They Alex's hello Alex -- hello which they north job Delano writer write an ES sabathia there there's say they're not alarmed -- usually gets up to the slow starts. Does that is that part of it or do you think that the velocity being down -- that is that cause for concern going for. Well it. If it raises a yellow flag it's not a red flag yet but they're good up and takes guys you start stability in their velocity. I've got -- gave everyone some guys straight up as you can do pumped gas but I. We're last year firm and Jon Lester in in Detroit was working in the low -- really didn't -- -- missing -- usual. Mid nineties velocity. There have been other times when the -- -- with Lester specifically -- -- -- as well. So you've kind of you've used certainly wait for the weather starts to warm up sides to see whether or not too bad years you know sabathia does the same by. He would of course coming back from from an elbow surgery and he also. You belt so he have a lot of mileage on that it's amazing to consider how many innings the guy is flawed. Because you -- the Major League starter Egypt when he and then when you add in the fact if you -- some blocked the decline him I'm in recent years they've been slight but. It will it's not impossible that what happened to Josh Beckett last year. Could be you know it's about yet at some point. Great fear in the -- like that yeah from oak in terms of his arm strength. -- is over over to use now I he's been such a horse but somebody these other -- they are those of us sabathia aside committee has big Giants fat ass is that. He's -- he's not but it's great in April it up a great October. -- you don't July August September he's a money guy man I want my money on him every game he pitches most months. But he hasn't been a great post season guy eight. And and he has been a great April guy so you know maybe that's what they're getting from him would but it won't -- to the Yankees. If he fails to be you know -- guy who's ten to twelve games over 500. Totally agree they need that they need to be a very very good team when it is on the mound they need him to park it's going to be performing. At roughly an all star level areas there are no hope to hang in the elite. You know none of this against none of this talk you know it disparage his Jon Lester proportions say it was a dominant performers noble yet tell you what it was Workman like. When I've received from him this spring and let me know if you agree with this. Is that it's like it a little bit of a different approach for him he's not being -- He's not trying to nip the corners go straight at the strike zone pounded it. All business looking to get as worked on early and and stay in longer route on a lower pitch count is that accurate. It's actor but I think you'll be an actor to suggest that that was what I want to do in the past. Last year mechanically he wasn't there is is -- worker side or command and control Riverside. In -- out of guys who you know. Who was coming across body a little bit which means the ball stripped typically either inside or outside in you know that it wasn't by design it. It was that often frustrated with themselves for most of last year yeah that's not take anymore his arm -- -- kind of back to where should be. You can be very very clearly that is. You know that back leg is staying close when he coming through his delivery. Up for a longer period of time that was last year so -- -- group that he is fastball moving. In that direction that he wants it to -- he he was. Attacking more than you know what we stopper. We get to Churchill last year bout Sergio had eight game which he punched out seven or more -- yeah back that he did that yesterday. It just fighting even against a really -- at Yankee lineup and represent the good side. Right now I think that's something that might help these guys and you know this is a -- views and talked about a whole heck of a lot of load has brought up occasionally. Is stressing a ballpark like Yankee Stadium. A pitcher Ken. Try to use it and throw to his strengths and and throw a contact and let the guys at the fly ball when you know you've got three guys tracked him down the outfield. Who go get him and Bradley made the nice catch yesterday. But all those guys have in their gloves a lot of outs and that's got to give the the pitcher the feeling of confidence as well when it comes to. Umpire the strike zone and and allowing guys to hit lazy fly balls. -- but I -- it is our most pitchers they won't let their defense dictate what they do how they try to attack opposing. Opposing hitters they assume that it. If it make a good pitch and get back contact. You know that. Typically the result is going to be now operate under the assumption otherwise they were to peak -- cases -- prior ire. That no I mean certainly you could see yesterday have you went out Bradley I thought I was an unbelievable play because -- -- -- position. So shallow on canal. And then he took a -- -- ball as it. Yeah I'll admit it a little bit before and back was straight -- play yes not tracking the flight of the ball. Visually even know -- the ball are going to end up. But then you know -- just you know you turn around that many had to make that -- play to make it very subtle adjustment to be able track it down by. It's unbelievable to have that skill that kind of you know GPS in order you are all sort of way. And yet in that out so obviously there's tons of athleticism there it is a true that he only played. And it other than this spring training before that a couple of games in left field as a freshman in high school. Yeah I mean is he's too good a defender to stick him in left field typically unless you have a couple guys were gold -- greens that are right. In and so yeah that's correct you hadn't played left field since freshman year of high school. Even that was only a very very brief but rather -- ability now for debt to Jackie Bradley junior also had some quality time as a catcher. Back in his little today. Well of course now you don't Griffey junior became a state Griffey junior because his dad played the major leagues Jackie Bradley dad wasn't a major leaguer where does he become like cal Ripken just Jackie Bradley. I do know you look at the DC Baltimore area I never really experienced cal Ripken without the -- in all of always. It was it would be part of you know just it just rolled off the -- Al junior our energy is so. So I think that it could be awhile you'd like imprint itself no need to ability to run away. Yet there's going to be we don't want -- going to read any of these guys to go the way of Frank Sinatra junior. You know where there's just no way you know he ended up you know frank junior get me a chair while throw for I don't know does that you know you that's the with the you know I just -- a -- -- -- -- -- Although syllables but. I saw saw that. But now it's it has a really nice but -- Jackie Bradley junior -- others like. There there's -- There's there's a mirroring quality of the team had its its status. I guess at the reflexive property you know what. The the thing about edge yet still got fewer syllables the Nomar Garciaparra. Oh good point good point -- Saltalamacchia. Certainly you know -- we guess you don't know on his belt -- all evening so adding two syllables in June with junior isn't really Q. So you got to that tomorrow we get back into this -- stay off to -- Red Sox have shirts sucks for YouTube it. I like to see what things are good like -- game every single day but tomorrow you go Buchholz going. And you know I got him pegged for eighteen wins is that a possible is that -- is that a good prediction in your view. Anything is possible make you relive that from KG but I don't I don't really I'm not really in the business of predicting pitcher wouldn't because. To me it pointless to try to do what you -- -- don't know. -- mean you know guys and have great years and then that -- losing record so old Nolan Ryan predominately -- do you have with the Astros so. So I know I don't really didn't -- career high at seventeen by. You you just don't know what kind of run support a guy is going to get out -- subject I think you're right -- ever really impact here yet in other words I'm not out of line -- that. Well I think that you know I think that he it -- Really competence that that it intersecting with Edmonton last year he was they'd matched it in a sense coming -- spring training. He was just riddled with uncertainty about what he could do on the mound -- what or how are a question. You know push it back while you're on the road he -- -- without -- -- that throughout. That -- thing was weird to -- at that -- was clear they came in the middle of a really dominant stretch that lasted about three and a half months this season. So he bird bird -- Jordan last year. You know three out of four months. He was one of the best pitchers in the American. I think you're coming out of spring training yet -- of the proverbial eye of the tiger and all that stuff. So eat it looks like he's a pitcher take all of looking up at -- and the standard. Out of the shooter without having to figure things out for -- -- -- there. Good Alex spirit WPI dot com will be talking to -- hopefully a lot this year thanks for -- in. Are they are the -- -- announcers on -- New York.

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