Oct 20, 2013|
The Red Sox defeated the Tigers in Game 6 of the ALCS at Fenway last night to punch their ticket to the World Series and complete one of the biggest one year turnarounds in the history of sports. Alex Speier has been covering the team all year and discusses how they were able to do this from great starting to pitching to great bullpen work to the leadership of John Farrell. He also starts to preview the World Series matchup against the Cards.
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That was the call from joke a stately don't last night here on Sports Radio WEEI as Shane Victorino had the big blast his Grand Slam in the seventh inning. Helped propel the Red Sox to the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The best beat reporter and Boston joins us right now on the AT&T hotline AT&T is the nation's fastest now the most reliable Ford GL TE network. Alex beer from WEEI dot com as well that's good morning Alex. More than any slate. -- -- -- Dawson I have a feeling it's gonna be that way for another ten days or so. Yeah oh yeah hello I'm sure that's it that's credible -- the remarkable thing about this period in time I mean you know not from my vantage point but certainly from that the players like. There there are required to. It is -- that the parking on the field -- so. Atypical and bizarre every day they're finishing up you know at midnight when in the morning. It contributes to that you go to the unbelievable playoff atmosphere wondered you know certain generation are quite a bit but the other setting that aside like the insert it took. Adds to the intensity. In the feeling of of this all encompassing. Run through October which is part of the reason why. It's a pretty amazing thing to watch. Jim -- had the perfect assessment of the series last night after the game he said quote I thought their starters were good. I thought their bullpen was great on quote and that really was the whole series in a nutshell. Yeah I'd go figure affected that the Red Sox anticipated weak link really in terms of their roster. Ended up being -- as strong it was a it was a pretty noteworthy development. The Red Sox are the -- -- -- -- -- had basically the best league championship series in Major League history there'd never before been. In the eighteen to produce twenty innings outspoken -- yes. Was in the area as well as what they had with a zero point three mark. And you know obviously be the anchor there was was -- who it was like surprisingly. Unbelievable. -- -- after the game. We're just you know he obviously he was pretty yet but doubt but you're just like what is up what you like you know he just throws strikes like. Broke all -- there's something human. He did not he did not throw balls -- and talks. Behind him Belichick and that's what really ended up being the operator in the air because. Who would have thought really -- on a day when there -- such -- by the inning by a sitting out of Clay Buchholz. It would have been in position. To get a combination of force shutout innings from the Brandon Workman of the world as well as the -- -- knowledgeable thinking is excellent work. Great Britain though obviously in tremendous throughout the course of this postseason and then. Wrapping up with look so. You're you know -- UN Jim Leland direct highlights -- he thought that the Red -- strength in in any ground. Or any phase of the policy was going to be their middle relief. And surprisingly -- that's precisely what happens. With coaching you -- I now know how yankees fans felt whenever Mariano Rivera came in at the game. Because as you said not only do I not think he's gonna get up hitter Iran. I don't think he's gonna -- -- ball. You're funny too much its occupant insurance in the aftermath of that because he was really nervous throughout the course of the game not -- has really -- peace. -- WEEI dot com right now kind of documenting where a number of people where and how a number of people experienced the victory in a Grand Slam. It wasn't anywhere where he could see the field you're back in office because -- were so nervous in its description was. Human kind of like game or buy it for me rather than incredibly anxious where -- victory noted the Grand Slam is set that was fun. And in the final three outs of the game because that's the kind of security going to but he now has. You know that he has from coach you lot of things to the fact that he has struck out. Many -- struck -- something like seventy batters while walking two guys. And these kind of since he got recruit -- the end of June. What is done it is certainly extraordinary. And it is difficult to match with the Red Sox would be in this position. Had it not been for the fact that -- not only been. Surpassing -- -- over the course of this Ron. But also really surprisingly durable in his -- given his history leading up to their season and and you know the -- ability question really that made him. An option for the Red Sox on their on a relatively you know affordable paper coaching deal when -- four when you buy a million dollars. For a guy who's been far -- away the best. Is that the best and most effective reliever in baseball this year. I think John Ferrell has had a remarkable run managing this team over the course of the first two rounds of the playoffs. His decisions for the most part of the right -- even when I questioned them. Having said that when he brought Franklin Morales in last night man was I first guessing him. Yeah -- -- -- -- it was a tricky one -- I think it yesterday represented the first time that we saw. There'll unable to unable to manage to open and exactly as she would -- on it should do so are meant meaning that. He performance so well I guess that I -- that Jake -- Jake you can start. In game four also represented an example of that by urgent effectively unless a -- in -- magistrates courts were so -- aren't. Very Errol could go to kind of debate in the bullpen. Without significant announcements where in this instance it's the -- under threats such led. But they got their starter to a point where they needed to make you called me a few laps earlier than they want to -- Which is -- the first line of defense wasn't. That trio that we've become accustomed to seeing. Namely its developer as well who are in the game but instead. It ended up being you know Franklin Morales who I think it was probably in the last sitting in the highly leveraged role. -- -- her purpose -- and you know bring him in baseball left in fielder aren't inferior that's a nice matchup because. Morale is really a couple of chambers but. You just had a difficulty throwing strikes and the fact he's only been here occasionally. Probably amplifies back to the point where. Where he could see he was eating he was not the right solution for that moment. EU. I think that it was indeed fair to our second guest Carol decision on that front. In retrospect my guess is that. You might have gone directly to bring to work mean especially seeing know what -- can -- -- -- like in terms of inheriting. Is an awfully Dicey situation. In stifling it completely. He's going forward if there isn't he for a matchup left yeah I wonder whether or not Felix to -- by -- because. In his limited exposure in the ALCS you actually are quite well and was. Margaret so strict sort it was morality but -- there there -- sure there are your purse gets but when you're talking about. About having this like this -- identifiable first -- and in -- a couple of other instances where perilous. I was very aggressive in terms of -- and maneuvering. And it could -- but this with you when we're certainly did. That's a pretty good run over the course so over the course what can playoff games now. And you talked about Breslow and Junichi it is -- and Koji you'll -- And you go back to the 2004 World Series and you think about Williamson Timbaland. And fall in this bullpen the back to this bullpen has the same feel that that had in 2004. Yeah well to the exit 2004 and for that matter it doesn't for people and both are both kind of appalled -- applied -- -- through email or call. Was an interesting one because Bert talks and a grueling ninety reeling off nineteen straight postseason shutout inning. And understand. In the book out of their bullpen even though they basically had no real -- and structure to Davenport gap fault it did this just. -- who are seventy and is very much comparable to what fault and 24 and up on represented. You know in 2004 and 2007 respectively namely. You -- -- not just three outs in the time of ago you know five out of the time and there may come a point where we see them. To give six not in a single outing. And you know -- wait -- that that gives there'll be ability to kind of get those other relievers to precisely that went to -- Has been really quite significant and then again and Junichi developed ability to just Wear out that one spot. When attacking Miguel Cabrera the same fashion over and over and over exploiting the fact that he simply didn't have a -- To swing out open to get to that outside fastball. You know that that end up being obviously. You to be really interesting to see how -- an -- and employed. In the in the World Series because you know usage pattern was so obviously the series. You're the guy to come in for that Miguel Cabrera moment well. The cardinals don't have the same phenomena in a guy who's limping. We can't handle our stuff from our interest so it it'll be interesting to see -- matches up but resolute ability to get out vote. Righty and lefties. Has been pretty transformed have been allowed. -- Look really are managing apples and. When you look at the Detroit tigers' starting staff and the remarkable strikeout numbers that they posted against the Red Sox in this series. It seems as though the Red Sox either hit a home run they struck out. Looking ahead now to the World Series in the St. Louis Cardinals staff I don't think it's quite it's overpowering. It's good but if you if you match that the two starting staff I would of given Detroit the edge in that regard. I would certainly agree I actually hit one through four especially view overlooking it with tiger you're looking at -- that it truly networks have to work. They set the regular season record for most strikeouts in they set and oh yes tracker or strike out. Just unbelievable -- staff top to bottom and I think that the Red Sox. In doing their parents work kind of solve -- tiger is being. A pretty daunting threats because of the arms they just kept rolling out from -- starting staff obviously their -- or different story by. You know you you begin with the rotation. The cardinals have a very good staff attempted especially. The that that you got the the front of Wainwright walked out of our vote. Guys let's just electric stuff. It's -- I think that there's a little bit more vulnerability behind them and you would have been just it was with the tigers I guess that is simple sort of put it is. It's not like the cardinals have there ER the other regular -- and Gary changing waiting to be there for starter. I hate the fact that the two leagues play under different rules I think there should either be -- DH in both leagues are not a DH and I think there should be DH in both leagues. Having said that the rules are what they are -- Having said that that means we're gonna get seed David Ortiz at first base in Saint Louis 'cause I don't see how you take him out of the lineup at all. Yeah having to choose between Turkey and Turkey and and Napoli depending on on which Napoli visit the played at a given moment. It's a pretty striking development have been exposed that. You know it would be. Sorry in my room or part -- But there would be different scenario or five -- and the cardinals just had. You know based singularly overpowering left hander Randy Johnson -- -- Yeah. And to -- I don't know how. You can take gave Turkey a lineup -- I guess. I guess I should instead just slightly because you know think back to -- really yesterday's lineup basically where -- at Mike Napoli. Coming off of what he did that. Against the tigers in Detroit right where in which it works -- it's over the course supposed to regain market or achieve. Have a bloop single over the same period of time. And then you might have gotten into an anxious and gray area because it gets to. There's there's there's the gut feel and on into October he impetus to ride the hot and they're exposed through shifting around a little bit but that's it does take some extraordinary circumstances clearly get it -- outline. There is say certain. Inevitability field to the Red Sox isn't there. I I don't I. I struggle with committing to that -- simply because. Where it went through there become the sense of inevitability I mean there's there's there's. Is that this striking. Thing that is slowing in the accident and the probability. And any kind of their expectations and meet him last night. You had he had -- -- and Larry Lucchino and you know to say -- to say that any of them. At that number of course throughout would've been able to predict that they would end up at this specific point. That would have been really hard to really do that again you're at a guy like Jonny Gomes. Saying that without saying they're well. You know that was the perspective from everyone except for the people who occupied the -- I spoke out in the Red Sox don't work would have been really to stop that they hadn't done this. I -- exposed for the most important -- it's not whether or not you're I think it was a sense of inevitability to it. Britain says that the Red Sox truly believe that there is a sense. Of inevitability to what they -- into the way in which they're approaching post season. What they're capable of accomplishing and how they're capable of accomplishing it. And you know there's something very very powerful about that kind of belief system. -- -- before we electrical you wrote a more remarkable piece on WEEI dot com about. The Red Sox running game in their there ability to run the base is not just steal bases although they do that very well. As well but just the the running game that the Red Sox have implemented this year they are the best base running team in baseball right now. Well I I would certainly think so without having seen many of the National League teams -- diet greatly but and perhaps more importantly than that. There were held a lot better running scheme did work -- tiger in your well that wasn't too hard the -- says. If you look through our bankruptcy you know you could see on that on the game. Basically every game that the Red Sox won and you could see. How they sort of ended up ended up kind of how how drastic Contra split to a point where it was really a decisive aspect of the game. Often overlooked that may well have been the pivot point in -- in the post here and you look at the fact that Brian Butterfield had he wears it well. Should not only -- will Mel Brooks at third base. In game two of the America the American League Championship Series which itself during a pitching change hey if there's a single in the outfield. Over the -- and I'm going to hold you at third base because I went deeper queued up. With the bases loaded and I'm not taking that chance. He compared that Miguel Cabrera in the tigers' third base coach Tom brought into game five and waving being a little bit indecisive waiting game initially. And been turned them on the great results and outs. And you know that there's more to it than those 23 base coaching decision. The Red Sox had made had Adam intended. Goal of creating a great these seventeen. Starting in spring training and appreciate the value of being incredibly aggressive but incredibly intelligent about doing it. Not wasting -- the same time. Recognizing the importance of those ninety -- in. You just heard from the clubhouse last night even after a search firms. -- idea that you know Mike Napoli willingness to be able to get a great break -- all that they escorted away from catcher ought to do in game five. Just a little bit in the belliard scored from third base and looking what won them game five and ultimately kind of you know perhaps swung the series this from a guy who has played -- -- guidance. And hit a ball 460 feet whose primary responsibility system match so. It's the story about about something that is important it's not just about itself but instead. The way in which the Red Sox created this culture. Being an aggressive base running team. Something that was led by the players as much who was by the coaches and front office but that was -- -- a collaboration. Between all those different groups. I I think was truly remarkable and in the end in despair you Barry White hot spotlight. And that makes you -- different underwear interest. Alex we always appreciate the information in spending the time with a Sino some short rest done but mean I don't think you're gonna get much rest over the next couple of weeks either thank you very much for taking the time. Take care talked about that is not Alex beer WEEI dot com catching us up on the Red Sox win in the ALCS last night and previewing the World Series coming up this week. 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