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Gabe Kapler: Red Sox in five

Oct 4, 2013|

Gabe Kapler joins Mut and Merloni in predicts that the Red Sox will beat the Rays in five games.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Here at Fenway it's not -- 937 WEEI a couple hours away from game one Red Sox and rays Parker's on the field rain in the forecast not heavy rain but. On and off showers a lot different than the beautiful weather we had here yesterday bit early playoff baseball the first time. Since 2009 for your Red Sox and I played the ball the Red Sox and the rays. During his -- LC on fox sports one. I he's -- cap or any joins us here on the eighteenth the -- gave much -- from Fenway how Oreo. A move like this with you guys talking about about the weather over there brings back memories. Automatically just out sick I loved it I'm a year Boston October they exploit -- impeded. Gray overcast. Rain that that gets you excited -- hit the winner I felt that. Actually do what I remembered waking up early in the cabinet crispness in the air but always there in in Boston the spectacular. Well we were talking a lot about the series boss start with a guy you played for a couple years and Joseph mad because I he gets a lot of credit gave okay dynasties are really good manager he's Smart he's quirky he likes one. The the the problem I have and it happened this year at the Red Sox is that. He he gets concerned about other teams are the residents it would lacking in and and Matt Joyce and and Lackey rejoice in and joking -- said. I thought lacked was a good teammate he wasn't a good teammate there and I was on the field the Red Sox players seem to agree with me you know -- I I feel like. There's something about him where -- cast the smartest guy in the room -- you played form you tell me what he's like to be around a day in day out basis. Well I think he's he's great actually -- a lot of similar used to Tito. But particularly in this instance with -- If there's gonna keep that something publicly it for a reason and so you what he was saying about Lackey was was absolutely calculated and when you come gonna make comments about his players. It's either to motivate her to send the message. Even if he's not well you always well thought out in his delivery of the message is what you know that you know you didn't say anything off the -- that's not Joey. Very calculated very meticulous in the thought process. -- and while he had a little bit quirky. He also is a bright guy and it's not a show. He deserves every bit of credit that you get in helping lead this team. To the -- do you look at the -- document done with a budget that they've done and obviously Andrew Friedman deserves an extraordinary amount of credit as do their study in player development department. But -- you know leading the league reviewed -- -- out finally got a really good job motivating those players on a regular basis. -- -- -- separates himself because I'm a big -- battled everybody erratic that that he's too Smart but. I probably fitted Joey Hamilton in on the bench coach. He gets more out of his players I mean you look at the guys that show up there whether it's Kyle Farnsworth the Percival for -- Rodney or Casey Kotchman Jeff Keppinger. And James Loney Willie I've bought these guys show up. And it's the way communicates and I think that's the most important key for big league manager what makes him so special in those regards as far as getting the most of those guys. Good call Lou -- -- and -- to cut in my mind it. How I would you that the player in camp. And I always thought that if biffle what you would on the mound and out of going to be in the game work if there's an opportunity your -- for me to pinch -- against a lefty are you gonna be entered in the but I really want to indicate. The lefty had to be particular to my skill set for me to take doubted that. I'm and I might jump in -- -- the couple right -- based on what Clement I'm a low ball hitter back on the ball down. Well -- go to relocate -- You know what normally where -- you here you know you're right handed platoon guy this is a right handed pitcher but he plays to -- straight so. In an interview that complement that yet you know I really can't get in there against this guy. And do some damage when you know in the past maybe I thought that this is the kind of guy that would be so he instilled confidence in in you he puts you in position to have success. And didn't he did very very close attention he studies he does his homework and he delivered that information. Two players who the player can take it into the game and utilize it for good. Obviously when you play -- didn't bother you but. Does it bother other players gave when he does go after other teams and he tries to not only manage it seemed like some guys manage his own clubhouse but managed the opposing club -- you talked to players all the time is that. Ever rub -- the wrong way about his approach. My I don't think he doesn't that a guy you I appreciate the sentiment and in order come from particularly with. With the Lackey comment but. I really don't think that he's doing that it what you're doing is not -- -- the other club he's. Making you're making sure that his team is listening to what he has this -- and they've got got my back. So they can and that's really what a player want to know they wanna know that they're supported we have that with Tito in Boston I with the John Farrell talked. I did the same sense from him. The players want to know that no matter what the manager out there backing up what Joseph does he just wants you know. That you think you're behind you 100 that even if you look bad in the eyes of players around the league. Media members around our nation -- -- what was it important to Joseph is that his team knows that their support. You know cap post -- joking about the weather here and you overcast and I wasn't joking when I -- good. Because he had a 3 o'clock start here Fenway Park in tomorrow's 530 but you -- it probably you're facing two lefties in in more and then price I'm all for. No sun no shadows know center field no nothing I want these hitters. To be at their strengths what we -- we didn't shadows that affects you. You know you might boo boo particularly good hitter and tried to -- Pitchers want all the shadow they could possibly get you let let's make it more difficult conditions for the hitters and they -- about his. How much did -- see the ball today and really. -- -- open spot like broad -- I hitter because. It's the right handed hitter all you think about it outfielder -- right -- -- -- in the glare off something on the first base line and if you're lucky I didn't look at the right handed hitters. But in this particular case. I think bad weather plays into the hands of the Boston red bucket probably better they're building they're more used to it a conducive. Are good -- environment is conducive to -- them having success based on the fact that Fenway Park. It is you know that's a tough place to come into play into the -- used to playing in that. Really cushy indoor environments so I do agree I agree with you lose it it's a it's a probably an advantage for the Red Sox have. You know some inclement weather. And the reason while I guess as as all hitters right I mean it's it's more difficult to hit and shadows or are left become out of center field so. If if the pitching it's the advantage of it that's advantage raise is I think the Red Sox have the better line up and I don't want to neutralize that anyway. A good point wide. Did it it's questionable whether the rate of the better pitching now and I would say that Mal Moore has had a red -- number. Thus far this season and he got an extraordinary -- went on Roger good pitching much better. I've been waived injured -- because. Traditionally had a big block and his statistics in the back to do it. The -- second and had an opportunity to line up however they wanted to put Jon Lester on the mound. In game one and that it's been the matchup is is really compelling you have to. How were left handed arms obviously -- you do you like the cutter more Matty Mo will utilize the curve ball a little bit more. Other but it's a really strong matchup but I wouldn't you -- interest to you can be to see the guy that had a superior numbers although in a smaller sample size in but not get -- game one start. The impact on goal until game three because the home splits for John Lackey will go in game two -- tackler. I joins us preview game one of the Yale BS this afternoon here at Fenway you've got your choice gave you could be the team that is played three different elimination games. And three different cities since Sunday have been home -- forever a team that's been sitting around since Sunday preparing for this game. Or would you rather be on what team is there any advantage to either one here and it's game one. I cannot -- no brainer in my you wanted to commit rested you and other. But whether you're always going to be a maybe a little bit sharper about a little bit left rust to knock off but there's nothing like. Fresh arm there's nothing like well rested I did billion -- beat up exactly how you wanna lined them up. -- get some guys in the training room get him treated up. And ready for the for the -- but it it all that that's always the advantage that -- had been been waiting although I do believe there's some value. Not not getting arrested you know not getting rusty but I'd say it's by inning to. -- but the adrenaline has pumped into the Red Sox players and they're ready to go. Well my concern with their Villa and again and taken as a hitter. You know it's you face a guy like Matt Moore and left him four days off in -- in the game all you want but. Know maybe you missed that you'll hear that 10 here and you followed street -- you're off just a tick because you had four days. Then it's no balls a little bit after game one he faced -- game two and I think. That's one of my concerns is softened to -- a bit off -- Connecticut's got it that has success but maybe this year it. That that's that's totally fair Alou I would just say I would do is contract -- with it. Health is is an important factor as anything else and -- that I didn't gamble but if you're if you're Evan Longoria. And in your -- been -- for two weeks and haven't had a chance to rest. And you know you get into the batter's box to be I'd rather have a guy that's a little bit rusty between the two heater and then have a chance to get to you know maybe there. The 21 breaking ball or whatever it is in the god it's really hampered by something that's been bugging him for a long time so I can -- -- with the ball will you make good point. Obviously they had -- yard bomb splash. That's great but also I seem to -- -- to me that's great to -- but it it's the responsibility. Of the Red Sox players to get there working to some help simulate that environment will -- be having your coach stand from forty feet away and pumped. Pumped up won't stop you tend to keep looking and going a little bit. For a shortstop getting up there early and taking -- really -- ground ball whatever the case to be a threat to our responsibility to make sure that when they step in the batter's box and and onto the to the field on defense but they're ready to go. Lewis talked about that night before the first playoff game you know -- gritty new guys an opportunity to play any game -- part of playoff games in 03. -- and go for wil Myers one of the guys that Atlanta's first playoff hockey and a bunch of other guys hander Bogart's when he gets into a game 21 years old game. He'll be in his first playoff game in this series can you articulate. What that's like and how different the playoffs are from the regular season for some of these guys. Oh yeah absolutely and I can I remember my first playoff game was 2003 in Yankee Stadium. How much government starting lineup against Andy -- it was that limited walking in the in the clubhouse that day. Seeing my name on the lineup card against Andy Pettitte in Yankee Stadium game what else the other -- It would if it's that feeling that fire you up a ditch your heart rate going. It's baseball baseball you can play in the -- didn't play during the regular season. Born -- training yeah it's always the same game between the lines but there's no question that there -- the heightened sense of pressure. Heightened sense of -- the weight of the world on your shoulders. And in this case for these young players that I with a little bit older when -- played my first playoff game. You know it you didn't need veteran leadership guys that have been there before coming up to them and talking to them about what they might experience. I'm in this in this job period and Fenway Park playoff baseball is it to did you get despite a lot spotlight is bright and I pocketed possibly get and are going to be and apparently it's going to be extraordinary atmosphere. I'm excited for -- young players start and play games for the first time. You look at one of the keys I think to be the series and is for both teams because -- some question marks is getting the ball. To their closer because it is you know on the net in the playoffs the stressful innings and that's daughter may be coming out -- six for the couple and a couple of outs or whatever it is. That's seventh inning that eighth inning can decide so many games here in -- post season. And that's like starting pitching is its goal important move because. Particularly the play out that we we've seen around the league thus far he's been. Adam Wainwright dominate you saw Clayton Kershaw dominate you know wondered what he thought David Price dominate and get what you guys got to the back end of the bullpen. And that's why when you match up early and you make a prediction. You say I like the -- it's because you want them to get you into the eighth in the ninth inning and get to those quarters as quickly as possible so. You know that's why you out these power guys so they can go deep and give it to go to that. 11015020. Pitches and get to have -- -- dependent on all year of like you know it can't kick and Rodney and throughout in. Indicate to the Boston Red Sox so yeah he beat in week we think about it like it let's. How the bullpen it's gonna perform but I think more intelligent way to think about it how -- that's starter -- Are you said predictions -- would you take in this series Red Sox -- race. But I got this could be dominant about it -- -- just in the in this moment outright you tonight am I wanted to and I'm Barbara right. Yeah now I think now more -- -- the Fenway tonight I think the the rays went tonight. I think. The Red Sox win this series in five games but I'd be very dangerous when you get David Price after the what you could you -- and -- that one game playoff. If you pitch well tomorrow night it's going to be an absolute dog -- -- -- the -- talking five but -- generate little point tonight. Fox sports ones gave cap or gave appreciate the time here today we'll talk on the road. Art or literature and stuff and gave cap for joining us here on the eighteenth -- we get to break welcome back John Farrell will speak your fen way and keep it here.

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