Jul 10, 2013|
We check in with Sox skipper John Farrell live from Seattle. John talks to us about the big comeback win last night, the all-star break and John Lester's continuous problems.
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Stabilize the game somewhat but given the last three nights in particular last Saturday night in LA where that game got away from us. We week you know we're trying to get out of a hole as a team and over the team win that it -- -- -- of the -- last night. I'm regiments and game on Saturday a lot of people went to bed thinking that thing was one it was all over. And they tie it up. In the ninth inning and then then went and an extra innings you say anything. After a loss like that ward does speak for itself. Mike Michael speaks for itself you know we're we're sitting there with a four run lead with two outs and at first base and thinking OK you know what they've they've got the top of the order common but. Still felt like we we were really good shape. And unfortunately things didn't work out for. Talking John Farrell Hera on WE EIU mentioned Andrew Bailey in the innings that he gave you last night you obviously he's pitched well now as last few in his last few outings is the goal. Ultimately would you like to have him close -- games for you again this season. Well. That would be ideal. It it and given that you know. Coaches don't have very good job regardless of the role pitched in and but to have his versatility to go up against righty and lefties -- probably equal efficiency. I -- and that that's that's set up guy that eighth inning guy. When you can use him in the seventh inning because if you're in the meat of the order it just -- a completely different dynamic your bullpen. But it stays the way it is and Andrew Bailey becomes that guy where you can use and those park which he's getting back to that mean. So let's -- -- given the injuries we've recently got through. Do we need as many good. Late inning relievers we can possibly get. What does the loss of Andrew Miller -- for your team. Well power arm left and it was started really -- it was on the last year and a half you know -- added to his credit. Adapted to the role shorter stints more frequent stints probably work and then seemingly agreed with him better but. The work that he did shorten down his delivery -- we're talking about a -- I was six foot eight that's got a lot of moving parts a lot of long levers in the shortened out of delivery. Basically eliminating a late kick so the timing has become more consistent and when you're able to channel that mid ninety's fastball a little -- above average breaking ball. You know he became a strikeout guy force in key spots and he will be missed. You know -- and we we could spend the next ten minutes just doing a mash unit rundown with you and all the guys who were hurt what they're dealing with. Sam -- comes out of the game quickly last night Ellsbury and of course victory you know you just mentioned. Andrew Miller and -- still isn't back in -- be ready for the all star break. We're ready for tonight I guess that the best way to say because that he also -- get here when it does but I'd probably. Prefer to look to the other side of this in the depth to vote roster. Gets challenged he gets tested and we continually. Put up solid games and games that we come back and win and last night when we're not at full strength. But when you consider via the at bats that we put together the the energy that still remains in our dugout regardless of the physical ailments were going through. That's a pretty special group and -- Jackie Bradley spent all day on a plane to come in and big time home run a couple of good or attached. In and around that the the work abroad holes -- the third base. -- guys that we. Probably didn't have earmarked coming or going in the spring training ever played key roles force radar. Saw an interesting article today John in the Boston Herald. Scott -- -- it. He says since the start of the 2008 season Jon Lester is pitched 11138 innings at most in the American League behind. Felix Hernandez Justin Verlander James Shields and CC sabathia. Has ERA since may may twentieth is is well over six do you think. Those two things are related is -- a workload issue for Jon Lester. What was I don't think there's any way that you can. In -- set that aside. He has little horses entire big league career. And at times and guys' careers they've got to make some adjustments and be in one. Biggest one brief description where he's been getting hurt as well as it has been with a -- It doesn't have the same power and same late this we've tried different things stated to regain that. -- all the way what is done is his changeup has become much improved. We still see good power was fast for me the other night he's 9394 consistently but what we're seeing is just. At times and inconsistent control within the strike zone. Not so much just. Wildness. He -- a couple walked built into that long fourth inning the other night but there's been more inconsistencies within the strike zone that is come back to bite him a little bit particularly with two strikes. And a lot of times the two strike pitches and that -- so. You know we can we continue to narrow it down we continue to address. You know physical and and fundamental things that are there are so. That that's the one thing that we we look at right now and that -- pitch doesn't have the same effectiveness that it that he's been known for. You know and majority of his career. So maybe some people have talked about how gifted he is and how hard he can throw from the left side not a lot of people can do that with control and consistency. Did you believe that I mean does he believe that he's one of the best in the game because at times it looks like he's nibbling and it seems like a lack of confidence in his own stuff. Boy you know Michael -- regardless of the status of a player there's gonna be confident levels that ebb and flow. And I guarantee you that you know the first 78 weeks of the season. It was probably pretty darn high and if he goes through a little bit of issues stretch where things are quite get into the spot or -- contending in and the numbers get a little crooked. Yeah I might not be as strong as soon as those first seven or eight weeks have mentioned but. You know. Sitting here watching him. You you would like to be able to give what you see in the compensate you have him punching the stuff that you have for. The stuff that -- given pitcher has and let them truly believe it but until. Some of the results support the work. That that's where the confidence continues to grow Yemen and he's an outing or two from regain -- because. Maybe you come off the last couple starts coming into into this game at Seattle I thought he was well on the upswing again. And a little bit of a pick up there they are right. You mentioned there's some things you can do to try to help them or fix what's going on with the -- What are those things and as a as a former pitching coach and somebody who understands that part of the game what do you do for a player who needs help the specific pitch like a car. Well he. Because you can only work out so much you begin to talk about it may be individualized and start to talk about in. Use different techniques that allow you to put yourself in a position even if you're not probable I'm working on it. Because physically you need those days of rest in between starts. There's video review that you begin to. You know go back to. And breakdown and just pinpoint some and in this case -- his cutter it it becomes more the starting point in the strike zone so were in the past maybe. For instance or just an example of if the catcher's mask was the starting point for his cutter which had. Maybe later action. A little bit more so Q what that would get to the actual plate or in off the plate. Now it might not have that same break all of it it's a matter of adjusting the starting point. Rather than going back to the same spot that he's been accustomed to for a long period of time. It could also mean maybe limiting the exposure to that pitch. As a mention his changeup has become almost like a split type of action they get a lot of swing and miss and it's become a put away pitch form. These are part of the adjustment cigar has evolved with over time in and you know this isn't just -- about your velocity because the velocity is still there. It's a matter of the action to that secondary pitch. And and like his is his struggles -- Arizona not trying to. Blame anyone else for address at the purpose for the question I'm I'm wondering. How much is the catcher involved in this for Fergus reminding him. For lack of a better way open it is reminding him of what he needs to do during again. Well that there's a lot familiarity between insulted but I let -- go but one thing that every catcher or any catcher will go to. In in in two game regular night is okay what can. What can I depend on from this pitcher what -- can I go to when they need to get a strike what pitched and I go to to finish the hitter Ross. And when there's some inconsistencies there. For instance the finish in the power to his cutter. That that leaves open a little bit of -- up you know I don't -- wondering what I'm not a clear picture of what. Salty or or -- one was gonna get. In the giving count the -- -- who took to put her off or put a good hitter away -- went so. You know that this is a matter of if I would go back it's always a pitcher because people won't balls and he can shake off and have conviction to the pitching which is gonna execute. And we can have a number of times this year what John -- been there and then there's been some times in key moments. But that particular right is gonna want to count against smoke that's a cutter that doesn't get the spot for the double inside the bag. That's an 02 pitch at a cutter to the Ibanez hit -- ballpark. You know if those pitches or execute a little bit differently we're a completely different scenario and we'll probably looking at different relievers coming in behind. -- gonna John -- here on WEEI feel pretty comfortable right now knowing that Leicester Dempster -- brought Lackey -- on your rotation. The other spot irritation that should be Clay Buchholz is I guess I need an update on -- to when we could see him. One to Allen Webster struggled again last night and then maybe I guess could in theory go to -- -- was service although he was taken out of the game last night as well. Where those three yet. You just listen if you moving parts. That. Well -- look like long -- again yesterday in an aggressive -- he's scheduled for a bullpen today. All things going as we -- war or -- he or she going will be a bullpen today. Another one on Friday and then we would hope to have him in a rehab start on Sunday. We we do believe he's in the at least two rehab starts and so. Basically he's making progress and hopeful to see him -- the rotation -- -- As far as Webster said the scope. You know we've we've got a couple things going on we've got to -- -- make -- very protective service. We don't view he wanted to go back out there last night. But just felt like a left hander was. Cold or that situation so late and score some runs and try to. Slow them down left and -- on the mound so Sunday's starters you know. In the media last that I mentioned right now in Webster was scheduled start but still the case but still. I would have another conversations internally to see what might come about next Sunday. Nobody out tonight -- Arsenal -- moves -- lineup but he any changes. Well hopefully changes and Ellsbury comes in the Israeli go that's my hope that he you know he felt much improved yesterday so. Hopeful that he's back in the lineup tonight. You know I think until we get through the end of -- this road trip we're still monitoring victory no David -- He he he adds so much or lineup defensively and offensively when he's in there and kind of expect him to be in that two hole again tonight so you know Jackie Bradley comes up give us a boost to the -- put. Yeah we're gonna go up against a ranked tonight -- you know what Christian to his credit he's been pitching pretty well against you know the American League here and so that that'll hopefully get held verbal victory in a back in and want to hold my. -- -- time per Mohegan -- dinner with John -- contest questioned today. Comes from Patrick Murphy from Medford Massachusetts -- says -- players. Have any baseball related responsibilities over the all star break if they are not participating. At city field. Well no that it had in mandated by the CBA we can't even or organizers say an official workout on the final day of the but the break which is Thursday. If there you don't know -- say this we we recommend that Dave for pitchers you know give themselves two or three days down play a little catch on the Roman out one day just keep on moving. Weekends we will be at the ballpark -- -- preparation the Yankees series come out of the breaks of guys wanna commit on that Thursday evening they camp. What we were mandated by not allowing or not having worked out on the all star break. And also it's the same can be said for the day before the regular season opens packing it in April those with a two dates have been negotiated and that's they have to be a quiet day. -- while the all star break -- courses next week you finish up. The West Coast trip but two more in Seattle three in Oakland than you guys get a few days off thanks so much good to talk to again I don't know whether we'll do it next Wednesday or not your off stable figured -- next week. Are they got -- John Ferrell always joining us. Every single Wednesday should mention for being selective of that question Patrick has won a -- -- overnight stay at Mohegan Sun is now eligible to win the end of the season grand prize an overnight stay -- dinner with John Farrell and assault and Holley show Mohegan Sun could WEEI dot com slash -- every week to submit your question for the manager. Did or John Ferrell was brought you by Mohegan Sun Boston -- that you didn't know. Mohegan Sun has three any casinos started out with how many table games are about 325 roughly 32500. Slots. In the neighborhood of about 6042. Table poker. Pretty impressive create your moment. 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