Oct 11, 2013|
Former MLB GM and current ESPN analyst Jim Bowden joined the show to preview the ALCS. He likes the Sox and Dodgers to meet in the World Series.
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But what we talk to somebody who actually knows what they're talking cards as to the -- -- -- -- that we do. Jim Bolden baseball analyst insider for ESPN blog Sirius XM's inside western zone Weston's on the try to Westin and both base our remain can join us on the AT&T hotline good morning Jim how aria. Good morning guys are very happy we got the series we won -- we were looking for the Red Sox and the Tigers because of the star power in the sexy players all that sort of stuff do you think it's gonna be a -- it's gonna live up to its billing. I think absolutely well I mean we're talking about the elite starting pitching in the league you're talking about the two really lineups he talked about two teams a lot of guys that have been there means. You can't build a better scenario in the what's gonna take place at Fenway Park tomorrow night. What matters most to you Jim we all admit agree starting pitching probably the most important thing but. We just broke down ten or twelve different areas where do you fall what do you focus on when you look ahead to a series. What are we starting pitching I think in the postseason and now care to talk and Adam Wainwright or Justin Verlander. You know both the starting pitching the one guy in baseball they can win a game by himself. You know Verlander goes out the shots that open ball game over I mean that's what happens so. You look at that certainly with a Red Sox Lester and vocal those two guys can do that. We know that Verlander insurers -- who's gonna win the Cy Young for the Detroit Tigers this year of those guys are capable of doing it. So you look at that person the next thing you do you look at especially in these games okay what hitters can hit the back caliber of pieces. You know in the tiger walking in here with. Mickey imprint stability can hit the best pitching in baseball. You look at the Red Sox in Pretoria and Big Papi can hit that kind of pitching that you look at -- OK you can manufacture a run okay well. Old -- can manufacture and when he gets on and can be a difference maker in the bullpen. Both teams and have impact closers. Well Lotta times this series are resolved with who's pitching innings seven and a who's got a better bullpen game that I got so close something that'll. Well we we had trouble this week coming up with a weakness believer in not for the Boston Red Sox his problem -- trouble finding holes in the -- a pretty -- in this pitching staff Jim. About what if you're a Red Sox -- which -- which should worry you. I picked up a point in the worries me with both teams is. What production you're gonna get it starter gets knocked out what production are you gonna get in innings 678 and how you match up and I look at. You know Benoit analogy your -- -- both those guys to be able to do it still solve it. Do we know for sure what to zeile was gonna do do we know for sure on the other side with the Tigers are gonna get from the smiling in the Albuquerque. That to me is the big question a lot of times that's what settled series. -- get the feeling we're gonna see after last night's home run. Kind of the old Miguel Cabrera he's only two home runs and so since the end of August he is -- going to be canisters restore banged up. Well we don't know I mean it's all about his core in the Melamine obviously bit the groin leg whatever you wanna call his injury -- made him. Completely be swinging -- arms and has not been able to use that midsection. And lower half and that's why a lot of balls that he gets isn't going anywhere now. There's that home run mean that we're finally getting a little bit better that time is finally healing. We don't know the answer to that -- have to wait and see the but certainly that has at least been encouraging for the Tigers have a good people for this series in. -- Jim obviously berliners have sort of an uneven season last 3035 innings absolutely lights out -- it was going badly for him what was wrong. Because whatever was he apparently is fixed. You know they had talked Alex Padilla is catcher few days ago and and he told me. The velocity and was always there that stop was always there the curve ball was there all year. He said he just couldn't command that he couldn't put it. In the exact spot that he won it all year and is a little mechanical issue maybe and I'll think anyone's been able potentially put your finger on it. But as you mentioned blocked it now it doesn't matter because right now your game Cy Young guy from a year ago yeah. He's blocked that we saw last night let me ask this how managers and general managers think in this regard. Ferrell has the ability to do -- every once this pitching staff he can put anybody pretty much where he once we assume Lester is gonna go in game one if you know that Verlander going in game three. Are you would you prefer to put. If you can't your ace against Verlander detritus stemmed that tide or do you perhaps and somebody up there would be a little lesser light in May be sort of and I want to sacrifice the game. But but a couple the fact that Verlander probably if he has the stuff is gonna win that game. I want my best starter game one -- second best our game to my third best during game three that's simple that's what I want then I get make it to game six and seven I'm going right back to them -- mean to me. It's lesser game one Bockwoldt into. And then and then -- I would probably go Lackey against Berlin and then pat peavy go. In the following game against Fister and hope that I can win three out of four there. Hey Jim we know the Red Sox -- middle Livan this year wearing out pitchers take a lot of pitches that they saw more than a thousand pitches more than the next. Team on that list. But the Tigers know that too so if they go into the seriously wouldn't take a look take a pitch you know. Where get deep in the count if you're Detroit on -- just porn fastballs down the middle no one that certain guys. Never swing at the first pitch and -- chance the Red Sox Alter their game plan and say let's go up there -- We have to altered game plan because game one you're gonna -- Sanchez who won the very title but you know -- they scherzer won the Cy Young. And then you at a pace -- best pitcher Justin Verlander. So if you sit there and just worked the count try to get him out of game. EU part of a lot of zeros up because -- -- those three guys. When they Troy you know one mistake would -- to make during that one pitched that you could handle. You got to make sure you hit that pitch so Weathers pitched one or pitched seven of the bat. Doesn't matter when it comes but when it comes you better be ready for so if you -- up with a game plan on this -- -- then you're right what it would was a going to be -- 102 and then good -- Because now approach and have to break a ball. Little bit out of the zone you're gonna have to chased it to not strike out so I think when you're facing elite pitchers you've got to make adjustments. And you've got to be looking out here when I get my good pitch. But about -- one good pitch at bat I got to take advantage of it whether it's 15 or seven. And Georgia we saw them do that talk about the Red Sox in the first two games here at Fenway Park against the rays they were aggressive they didn't let the pitchers get ahead -- in -- and they were swinging not necessarily a first pitch but it didn't seem like they were. You know trying to wait out the -- get guys out of their and as a result you know won big in both of those games. Yeah and I think that's going to be the same game -- Detroit no question about it. Just your general manager again give Jacoby Ellsbury a 115120. Million dollars. Well no I don't think you have to do but you know when you look at -- -- real typical guided talk about in the board room because you've got the history of injury that's a factor. You've got a guy that doesn't have power because the one period thirty was an aberration based on what we've seen every other year. So it's difficult but yet he's such a great player and he's only thirty. -- five year deal -- still got to play 34 years old so even if there's some decline it shouldn't be significant I think we look at the market. -- just got five years in nineteen last year BJ Upton got five years 75 million. If you've got six years in 95 they're all overpaid we know that but that's the market revenue say they should make that. So I'm guessing five years 95 million is where he played out I think it's a tough call for GM. Academic there's risk involved with with the injury. But at the end of the day it's still Jacoby Ellsbury is pretty good player and the Red Sox revenues are so good that they can afford it. So you wanna pay market value him and that's the question if not somebody else will I don't think it's gonna go 400. I'd bet the over -- pitcher on that right now like if I knew electric good. You up or roll their -- to work I was gonna say is -- place in west in the -- is your favorite place but that that allow like -- Clinch a little I -- -- all you win at a I. I was gonna ask that the Red Sox have at least six starters next year. Do brawn Dempster on -- in the playoff rotation Nick Young guys coming up. They need to make some room eventually is your veteran and they are all signed is their veteran among the Lackey Lester Buchholz. Peavy that you would move would you move Jon Lester if you were a bench -- ten. No chance I'm moving westerns he's pitching game one vocal pitching game if I keep all the Petit never -- -- someone's gonna get hurt. And the -- that's just part of the game you know that I know that from the -- -- on the market perform. And the way Ryan Dempster throws -- mean he may be open guy and act bill moved from so I would people -- you never give up pitching. Agent back in March and April as you watched this Red Sox team be retooled and reconstructed and essentially much of what they said was we're looking for character guys wrote an open the windows and what a fresh air into the clubhouse obviously -- good baseball players as well. Did you think it was going to work and did you see any of this coming back and April. I certainly didn't predict that this team would be playing. Back then in the ALC yes. I had a march or predicted the Tigers would get to the World Series but I'm changing that prediction now because I'm gonna get to come back to Fenway Park and hang out what you guys on the field. Before game one of the World Series and I'm looking forward to that I know I didn't think they would go from last to first to get possibly go in the World Series. Then carried -- did a phenomenal job not just bringing talent but as you mentioned. I mean it's so hard in baseball to put that much good character and makeup -- one club bounced in one offseason and I think it's I think it's the best story in baseball this year. And you say the Red Sox obviously won the World Series who they see they're the people's choice the network's choice the Dodgers that's the dream match up. Hand and my favorite matchup to an arm bi coastal grew up in Boston Red Sox -- have been at a place in LA for ten years ago. Dodgers Red Sox and how great would that be Clayton Kershaw against Lester are you kidding me -- -- against greatly. Oh my goodness what a dream would be in by the way to rating. Are off topic we all -- -- Jim thanks for the baseball talk always a pleasure talking with. -- boatload Dennis and Callahan on the AT&T outline AT&T the nation's fastest and almost liable for GLT and I was rooting the hardest for Detroit. One person that -- hardest. Not Mike -- -- you think Terry Francona or it's a good note not a case. Second I would know what put him ahead of Franco and Francona really the second hardest for Detroit so summit that -- that doesn't wants obvious. You a bloody Valentine in that third that put him for it it it's still number one on the list number one on the list. You you just heard Jim bones who doesn't want to LA -- Boston. Give his initials CC. Proper gotcha yeah it is I feel -- -- Chris Curtis Cup and I -- -- Don't Crawford is to it the thought of common here it lets himself game now all the pomp circumstance in the big flag in left and he's just going to be in -- W non don't think well it's gonna say anything to homeless they. Victoria is gonna make it on the on the nausea fairy tales of racing and him in the outfield. What is amazing stat -- things that make me as an observation. Right fielder Torii hunter's play in right field against someone. And he doesn't get the edge defensively he does not the series better defense and right field is on the other team's true. Then that is true that -- number of them is like now. I'll talk to Jim all of them or take a break you what's on your. I don't I -- some quick comment cannot I thought I'd be pretty. You know I don't lot and I didn't I didn't gain. -- just put my mother in -- but vehicle and she was basically saying. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And I got it and maybe you know -- understand. And that comment on the side. And and a five players at the age where Terry Francona liked but yet. And I I thought he opening day shall not collapse and lose the next game but that it was only questionable call and I. Could it be a statement that Francona bringing people but maybe not that. -- that evident out of people and and our preparation. Just strictly a guy -- that alcohol on. He'll remain at Enron. -- the ball and goes around you know eight is in the end. Jake long now and I'd rate that can't. And it looked at stout or bowling at lucky and had basically. The annual act in the end and Colin. -- you look at it but the. -- -- -- My even my mother mechanical package that watching the game looked like -- -- yet. Why did he would like yeah when -- -- in a problem but he's seen that one aren't. All are yet sure. Do you do you have our do you fly kites on the beach so I'm. Into metal detector all. Thought it comes to the certainly clocked with a little scary all like it picked up -- one thing. Arable. Darryl it's. Yeah it's -- For turning up all. Know it could go up there and I wanted to hear more what I want and it was -- on the -- whether roundtable tomorrow. Get a good morning a morning guys if I was everybody talking about other -- take on these pitches but. You know what I'm seeing an activity on the pitches became aggressive Utley Napoli Baltimore pitches up Pedroia Inaba. A lot more than any other teams and I think they're they're extremely aggressive. I don't know what you're. Well not on the first pitch Pedroia and Victorino are fearless they take the first but I don't care about 02 counts won the two counts they do school appeared that. They'll be fine they worked the count but it's comes natural -- blogs mentality. They matched the -- Yearly average in each of the games against the race 157 pitches seen enough during his 158 and not seize the most doesn't he yeah. Amenities he wears you out and a that was that in the last. A game was at the moves we wouldn't be where one of the pitchers was it more 11 of the rays just wore him out on on on. They actually -- if your pitching thinking about them. -- -- just drugs it's under your skin art during -- five or six guys like that is it to the question what happened to Rick Reilly and the Redskins. And is. Much to. Is upset as we are because they're not setting up to Detroit. When we get to hang -- Wrong with that yeah. The little disrespect on this yet but not a little a lot a lot of old will dig and read. -- we're doing now retirement what are you like about it's the question JR yeah it's just an idea will be back.