May 1, 2013|
We check in with John Farrell for a weekly update on the Red Sox and all things Red Sox baseball.
Transcript - will not be 100% accurate
Well just say this to finish off some of that Bruins conversation. While that team that won the cup may have been. Trouble down the stretch they did go 642 against play against the top three seeds that your other man. Pittsburgh to New York Rangers Philadelphia this year they go 16 in theory so you're looking for some evidence that a team can do it against the better teams in the league. -- -- Throw that in as part of the evidence Jon Farrell's team has been red hot unfortunately suffers defeat last night in Toronto but he joins us right now is always brought to you. By our belly insurance town fair tire and buy celebrity cruises. What happened last night Jon Lester and he'd been so good for the first few starts may be. A little iffy in the in the start before this went -- last night he just seem a kind of a different pitcher. -- yet you don't want Mike I think it it comes down to two things with last night -- you know that would Jonathan didn't do to those first four starts -- tremendous fastball into right handers and a way to lefties with. I I think greater consistency than the last two days or last two times out form and what falls right off that is the effectiveness and consistency of his cutter. To his primary pitches and then as that is fluctuate a little bit. I think so has the consistency to -- guys opened on the order. Heard you talking about it a little bit before last night's game John talked about the blue jays and how they have some different people they have some reinforcements. Now that you didn't see the first time you were there in Toronto. Has -- approach change of and they saw Lester report out no runs last and he got six earned runs off of different. Approach well left the somewhat different protests -- Do not typical to them that today they took a number of pitches last night there were borderline where their aggressiveness. As you saw earlier near or what their approach at the plate typically is where -- you know that they'll expand the zone at times that they didn't do that last night put. One also was different one Batiste was -- -- lineup in the first series that we -- here in commercial news. Found his stride somewhat at the plate obviously with a two moment last night and Brett Lawrie was on the on the DL the first summer through here so. Three right handed hitters. Three prominent right handed hitters don't know we get select him the starter. You know it's a different look and one that. Obviously much more capable of quick strike offense which was the case last night. What was -- turn us he'll do -- his arm after that home -- I think you might be just his style of renovations to actually go home run. Dart about like from one flap down type. Good looks it was something like that it was either it was like a fist out or one flap down it was I mean hit the ball a long way. It -- -- a little with a different letter back in the eighties when you know he did homer in the middle of the little bit of a different than a home run trot but. I don't think you're right if by any means it's it's consistent with what he does so it's not like showing anybody up. After about one of the key plays in the game the Saltalamacchia. I don't know if you saw it at the time. Hits the umpire did you see it and and you when you look at the replay now and you have the knowledge of what happened. What should've happened what what would you have done if you had seen that app. Well here's -- -- Michael last night you don't wanna play like that unfolds you you're watching the reaction of the of of the capture. We knew that. Batiste is a guy that is aggressive on the base paths and in our advance meeting prior to if there was an opportunity to throw in behind him we would look to do it. If the -- Packard I feel like we probably. Execute the play and record -- out there but. Watching salty make the change and seeing where the ball went you know I'll watch useful work him in Washington -- the baseball. And you would think a normal reaction from the catcher would be hey I I got caught up in the umpires -- -- So at the time I'm looking okay it was an errant throw. In them once and that the next pitch is thrown you can't go back and argue that but as the evening continues to unfold while we're on the field. I felt like an explanation needed to be had at that point and the explanation that was given. Doesn't fit what took place on the field. Put still. I would have expected -- to have a much more quick a reaction like hey I got caught up here because when you have. The ball with the umpire but an immediate dead ball and and base runners go back to their original based. Would be no different that if you guys try to steal second base and that happens at Monica back to first base because it was in the clear -- clear throwing lane for the catch yourself. You know I didn't see -- at the time I was watching is a useful work in the play the baseball. Is there an expectation for Jarrod Saltalamacchia that he know that. I would say it. My gut feel that is yes any time that you get caught up with the with the umpires -- you would think that there was there would be a reaction to say you know what -- something didn't. Quite go right here the explanation by Clint -- behind home plate was he. Released a ball and then hit the mask which to me. Means that taken place was out front -- -- -- -- -- and I don't see how that's physically that I haven't. So I mean there are lots of rules and baseball. Saltalamacchia said after the game that he did not. I know the role he he admitted that. Is that something that you'll go over now with. Your team a man can't bog them down -- this rule that rule obscure rules but is that something that you -- -- uses a refresher course. Well it was talked about in the dugout because others we're well aware that if the that it is in fact role of a dead ball rules once that. Interference takes place. That's a dead ball in and of itself. It and we'll do it if that's what geragos rationale was. You know it is a rule that if he gets caught up with the umpire anyway if you bombs -- made an impeachment throw. You know every runner goes back to their -- published. John -- with a siren WEEI -- has brought you by our -- insurance town fair tire and celebrity cruises you make the announcement. I would -- hand coming back that you're gonna stick with -- Andrew Bailey in the ninth inning. What's the process there as a manager how do you how do you arrive at that decision. Well what took place over time when -- was on the on the DL obviously the way and closeout game speaks for itself. We had to get to all out to get him a couple of appearances. You know sold very well aware of what was taking place you know that the run that we're that -- -- currently on as a team. The way the bullpen has performed. And I think in fairness to jolt. He he needs some outings that the Major League level to continue to get back up to speed. And to assume high leverage situations. In both for any kind of announcement. You know what -- the decision to stick with entertain about one we had to get through the rehab assignment making sure that you always physically. People which he obviously is in and we got here to Toronto you know we sat down and talk about. What was. The approach going to be taken in before anything was announced publicly just wanna talk with him because certainly he's gonna have questions to answer and people are gonna. Promise and then ask him about the decision and then what his role now beach for the time being. So that I think that's just common courtesy and and maybe a professional approach towards -- a guy who's been a very good closer in his own right. So now going forward you've got two guys on the roster who have done it in the past -- and have now even done it for your team this year does it change. How long a leash you have weapons and that's not quite the right way to phrase of I think you know what I mean with -- Andrew Bailey how long can you. You have a little bit longer leash or is it shorter knowing that you've got a guy that it's right behind in the can also do the job. You know what like I think first and foremost is we've got to get a couple more appearances for jolt to -- to get back up to speed. And what I mean by that is to it to the effectiveness the efficiency that the power in the action to all the stuff. He's still building back. So prior to you know we close out those three consecutive saves. You you know he's not believed to that level yet which he will be is as he gets further outings or further or additional innings under his belt. And then I think hopefully we're the type of team that there's going to be multiple save opportunities where we're gonna. Have to stay away from Andrew on a given night because he's pitched. Either two or three consecutive days and we've got to go to somebody else and and to have that secondary guy. Ready to go on a given night control. Bottom line is to -- to join him makes us a better team. Me ask you about another guy. We haven't seen them a little bit and that Shane Victorino what's the story with him and will he need to stand on the disabled list. You know Michael I think right now he's Macon. Consistent progress were hopeful that he takes full batting practice on the field today. He swung the bat in the cage yesterday starting throughout 220 feet. He's been some you know on the elliptical Leachman and doing some money in the weight room. So he's made in satisfactory progress we've reported today Kalin. Even further improved. So with each day we're given a point forward. You know put more intense baseball activities in the mix. And he's responding favorably so. We felt like coming into this series if he wasn't improved by eight tomorrow Thursday. We feel like we might need to make a roster adjustment put oh I think we've got coming -- tomorrow to really hone in on that decision. This just a back spasm. Bremen backs battles for him ordinance is it something a little more complex that. Well what happened was he -- he suffered back spies and obviously there's there's you know he tweaked it on that 11 place in about ten days ago come on the box. It causes inflammation and then -- it flared up again there's inflammation was there was it was confirmed through the MRI that he did go through. So we had to let that calm down he's responded well to the medication has been taken. As all of the treatment so. The fact is that when it happens place in about a eight to ten day period we've got to be a little bit more cautious. Gold forward but. Solid progress is being made right now. You came into the year. With outside expectations for your team being fairly low even if they were pretty high inside your clubhouse. That's changed now after an April where you guys had the best record in baseball. Does that change inside your clubhouse now. Well based on them in the conversation in the end of the feel inside the club I don't think it's changed one bit because it's. The expectation internally still be in the same. And the one thing -- I've been. Really interested to watch unfold is that when we've had games work. We've gone out next accused of all we played well or on games where we've you know actually had it handed to us whether it's a thirteen nothing game against the -- Our guys have done a great job of what's done is done we can't go back let's get back to. Square one which is every day's preparation and we -- into the game that night I think that speaks to the veteran presence that we -- a clubhouse. The fact that guys have been. In winning situations. And it's been overall very good -- from. Fully expecting that we go out and put together -- very good game here again tonight. Forgive me for stepping back here a few minutes in the conversation as one involved. Our. I he says on the Saltalamacchia play -- umpire have made the call himself -- -- their -- statement. A Major League Baseball on the missed call. Well. The explanation from the umpire was that he did not makes the call east peace stated what could I went to the alcohol played after the inning was over to get an explanation and he said. After he threw the baseball after it was released upon -- oil he hit him in the mask -- his elbow. And to me it just didn't -- Sold in his mind he got the call right which again in hindsight saying that kind of reaction I should have been out there as soon as the ball. Went into right field because it was so far offline -- I think it's something interfered with that. The bullpen arms on this team that are that they have some some different. -- different skills I guess who should induce a different results. How do you go about once you've established Bailey is a closer how do you go about choosing which -- -- army like in which match up because they sometimes guys -- used in the seventh other times in the -- sometimes -- -- hours before -- -- sometimes the opposite. How how do you decide which guy went. While one. You're -- is factoring in -- and who's available on a given day. That you're looking at where you Arnold lineup it is for instance last night's situation they had a number of right handers stacked at the top of the lineup. I like. -- power against. There are right handed hitters in this case. It it unfortunately didn't work out last night with a two fastball that kind of came back on the -- a little bit Encarnacion. But to me what's evolved over the first month is that while the dollar has been good against both righty and lefties. I almost feel like. -- It is even that much more effective against left handers and where they were not you know whether -- switch hitters were not line up. Along with -- down in the bottom third. I've felt like he was the better match up. With those left handers in that situation and makes it may have more just kind of pairing -- what we've seen of late in Cody performed against -- vs lefties. The fact is -- arrested last night. He unfortunately that in that seventh inning it didn't work out that way -- today and follow up to follow up with Koji and then ultimately barely closed things out but. It kind of works in that order whose rested who's available. And then you're looking at where you -- -- what you for the best matchup might be given. Availability on that day. I'm not -- and I've been around for a long time watching baseball John although I do remember watching you play and in the minor league. What do you play around awhile and I'm gonna say but you have that -- you. I've watched the replay of concurrent Massey owns second home run about ten times. And -- just it doesn't make sense to me that a ball in that location. Is hit that far in the other direction that this. Maybe the strongest man in Canada I don't know maybe -- strong in North America this. A strange ailment but -- Go they want the home run hit prior to that point what about another hundred feet further. You know he's a strong man as we know. And you know what he's probably their most complete hitter on that team when you consider average even though the average early on hasn't been one will be towards the end of the year but. He's a very good hitter and Andy's got the ability to cover the entire plate. Fact is if you look back at that sequence we can afford straight fastballs in the same area and regardless of velocity -- type hitter who's in a good groove right now. We probably gave him one too many in the same spot where he didn't we didn't force him to make I think it necessary adjustment. Given the game situation and and what he's been doing of -- which -- lineup today. Well elderly knocked Gomes in the two hole against -- tonight. Pedroia. Ortiz Napoli. Novice in the sixth hole -- -- seven -- in the old -- -- -- John -- he joins us every single Wednesday today from Toronto we'll talk to next week thanks John. 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