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John Farrell previews Game 1 of the World Series with Salk and Holley

Oct 23, 2013|

Farrell answers the questions about Clay Buchholz and more leading up to Game 1 of the World Series.

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Also look at all includes John Ferrell right now as it does every Wednesday at this time he's always brought you by -- insurance town fair tire. And Anderson windows John here we are you get -- World Series sweatshirt on I don't know if you've been outside the -- yet to arrive. At some point to the park and you get here early today but just -- five -- the energy the buzz outside Mike Wallace or off the show -- talking about it it is not like anything we've seen so far this season how much of that you get to see. Well we feel on. Feel good just with the magnitude of the workouts and and the number of media that might increase trumps you know divisional series to ALCS to now. Where we are in the World Series so we we see it on the inside -- we certainly don't get the pulse outside the ballpark that you might given hourly everybody gets to the ballpark but still. When you come together in spring training this is what you have your sights set for him and were fortunate that we've got a very good team that is taken us here. We'll talk about this matchup in the second but I remember when you guys went on Saturdays they're gonna savor this for 24 hours before we start. Prepping for the Cardinals that's when asked you about like game six going into that game what your feeling was about it. Did you have any sense and he can say it now he did in the sense that it was gonna and that night. Well I think you're always hopeful. And certainly coming back home that that's the feeling that we have coming back home knowing that we had to win one of two. We were very confident that the way the guys have responded here even in games where you know we've been shut down in the first 56 innings. As was panicking as was the case and a couple of those ball games the last series. But there -- there was an overriding feeling like you know what that this is gonna happen we we're know we're gonna have to grind it out we're going up against a Cy Young award winner and likely to be -- insurers -- The way he got off to the start that he did was pretty reminiscent of game two but at the same time we we spent a lot of time breaking down his start in game two. And we looked at the total number of not only strikes and he threw -- -- his fastball he he probably threw more strikes with his fastball in game two than the and I think it any other time during the course of the season. Why you tip your hat to a great performance we felt like it's going to be very different and difficult. To reproduce or duplicate that outing so. Not to say that we took a lot of confidence from a -- we kind of put that in its proper perspective saying you know he was dominant might have been asking the star of all year. Fortunately victory -- Simon where were sitting here they get ready for the world surged with. Miguel Cabrera and then just a few more -- -- start focusing much more we haven't -- -- since last Wednesday with Cabrera obviously he wasn't up to his usual standard is not -- -- it's got the injury that he was dealing with how much. Did you guys factor that into the way you pitched enemy handled him in the -- Well you it was clear that you know as we did our prep work from what we saw during the regular season and then what transpired throughout the course of the post season particularly in a divisional series against Oakland there was a pretty clear cut -- On how they pitched -- we we studied that. -- Even though you've gotten maybe some and I don't want you say an edge but if you've got it's kind of a plan that you feel confident and you still have to go and execute when we didn't. He drives of all the ballpark it's a double a center field gap for me I mean still you had to make quality pitches in three different times. -- came in with the game on the line and did a great job and in matching up with them you have a conversation with -- before and -- this is this is a role that we see for you -- we try to pump them up but I know something about your stuff. That will work perfectly against Miguel Cabrera you know what right as we get through September and we started to rebuild his confidence because it was shaken a little bit in September you know -- some outings where things didn't go quite as. Had been the case early in the season and we started. A couple of bouts of time to give him and get him out of that 1 inning I am probably made a mistake in Baltimore by sending him back out because he. Have you got through the inning and about eight or nine pitches -- back out because of a matchup didn't quite worked out well. And just realize that hey you know what when he comes in what that adrenaline flowing. Let's capitalize on that a lot of times relievers when they come off after the third out they'll shut it down and that's been the case with. With what has but little by little we started to gain a little confidence or he did himself and when he was pitching. And then in the in their lineup it was very clear that Torii Hunter he were two guys that we were targeting him and each time they rolled around he did a great job with them. Were you surprised when Jim Leland said. These are coming back next year Orton or did you had you heard among. Managerial circles that this could be last year -- Michael I was completely surprised and watching his press conference -- -- know that or to -- as he revealed that this was something that he said back I think on September 7 was a date which he gave. That was a shock won because you know -- you look across the field you see this that the state of given club in the and they are very strong team. Obviously had a lot of success recently in over a period of time. And then to know that this was already stated. Back that date they did either. Of those three people that knew. Obviously they did a great job of giving it to themselves. And then he even on the on Sunday the day after not knowing what he told his team after the final game here on Saturday night. You know sent a text messages congratulating human -- which traded a couple back and forth and still nothing about point. That's why it was even more surprised when it was announced and you know what you -- you tip your hat to a great career. And likely -- manager. Franklin Morales we've had a lot of conversations with him are about him on the show last couple of days. You went to him up early in the game when Buchholz seem to be tiring in game six. He did not have his command obviously that day. I was more curious about the thought -- thought process leading into it for the most part in that spot that you had gone to the resolute as our combo what was different in games. You know where we were in that game thinking that we're we're one run game. And -- the last one run game that were -- Lackey situation where it that was in the seventh inning and we are an inning earlier. And what Franklin really started to emerge over the last 67 weeks of the season was his ability to -- get a strike out in the key spot with men on base. It didn't work out that night so where we were to lineup up against fielder left -- wanting Martinez to hit from the right side of the plate he was the got to go to. If we felt that that was in my -- got to go through it didn't work out obviously with the -- -- it following the the four pitch walk. When I was careful not to go to Breslow because of we got into an extended situation in the you know extra innings and you always have to kind of balance about a little bit. That was the reason. For -- -- situation -- obviously comes and does a heck of a job. But as it turned out when they put Kelly in left field for Peralta Bennett gave it a run of 45 left handed hitters in a row. And it just fortunately worked out where drizzle sitting there waiting to go right through that part of the order. More often than not I don't have ulcers but Morales gets me officers at times I don't have the manager but now Purdue. For a year ago. What have you seen from him because I think at the the control issues -- -- Andrew Miller is the same thing when he's on he's really. Dominant that it times if you can lose and an instant where have you seen -- -- grow in that department because I think. It's no secret that they control has been an issue is. Overtime has -- it just says a -- referring back to that 67 week period -- you finally regained his arm strength where he'd been battling some arm issues really coming out of spring training things started to turn the corner form. -- he regain the velocity regained. More consistent strike strike throwing abilities throughout the course of that last part of the season as a mentioned. Yet the environment the setting. You know the meaning to each pitches is heightened in the in the post season and but get coming off a clean inning and what you've pitched over Detroit. You know three days prior felt like one who has -- and obviously and to leave at least got his feet wet in this series and was. No had faced the hitters that he was stepping in the box of the stepping on the mound to face that night and don't want unfortunate to work. You say your roster now for the World Series we've got your final 25 guys and you've set your pitching rotation for the first two games. Is there hesitancy to set it for games three and four as of now. No I have some you know as a mentioned yesterday peavy and and the holes and the children Saint Louis were still working through which which they each guy won't go. And I know there's been a lot of buzz on -- physical no conditional -- yeah what what's taken place the last couple starts. Yeah he's he's ready to go and he will start. Are there any restrictions. On Buchholz because you started to tire in the lasts a couple starts. Are on the same time you know Michael at the game will dictate the restrictions you know we don't go in with a hard fast number that he's capable of four or anything along those lines you know the one thing we have seen you know the -- when he started to its attire it -- happened relatively quick. So that's what we have to remain aware of and if it's in and around that same timeframe -- of giving game it's going to be depend on how many pitches he throws in the stressed -- so. You know what who plays that he he's ready to start this week and it -- -- think. Is he healthy out and if he wasn't healthy it was to the point of a detriment. He either current or long term we knew we wouldn't even hesitate we we pull the plug -- going another direction but. Yeah he's he's raised our. We talked earlier about Jon Lester he'll be your game one starter tonight it doesn't happen much anymore but is he capable. Of throwing games 14 and seven if need be to see that kind of great debate particularly is it viewed as you look at the the Cardinals in which -- hand and you know what they they've shown to be more productive against right handed starters are right -- pitching in general. So -- believe -- is does it tempt us. To go home games one for an seven but -- -- you looking at it I'll tell you that's looking at a when you bring back starters this late in the year on short rest in the post season hasn't worked out all that well so you don't know. We don't we don't know I mean -- were set to go through the first four starts we know that but you know that's where we've got a couple of left handers -- left handed them a bullpen. That if we feel like there's a better match up by piecing a game together with some lefties we may look to do that. But there right now I wouldn't say that we -- looking to bring John back on short rest. You said -- clay gonna pitching games three -- four just got short order. Is going to be -- -- the what's the consideration on who's three and who's. Probably you know both guys are aware that you know that. Who were -- -- mostly undecided what we're on December which they they they both know we're gonna start and I and I think that we take we might take a look at see how tomorrow night goes to see where the better matchup. Because that one of them. Has the potential coming back the second time. Is so that that's -- -- were looking in right now. This cardinal team looks good. And -- -- you know -- just start a -- and I know you -- watching video on them and preparing yourself for the Knicks team at least to our eyes like a more complete team than either of the two that you faced previously. And the guy that stands out almost the difference makers Yadier Molina you guys like to run you've had a lot of success running what does he do to change game. Well he's he clearly controls the game for them from a game calling standpoint to the ability to catch and throw with the efficiency in which he does. I'm sure you know in the nationally he's probably at the reputation of you know don't -- don't even -- don't even don't even attempt. But in combination with his throwing skills the pitchers do a good job of unload in baseball in in in the short amount of time to. Limit the opportunities. As well but that this is a very good team you know they they they -- or second in terms of batting average -- -- -- position. Their first -- some fifty plus points above us. So you -- they do a great job of staying inside the baseball what I mean by that is used in center field to the right center field approach. With their right handed hitters to left handers can do the same in the opposite way the senator left center. And it just allows from the tracked the ball and make very good contact there. They're fundamentally sound they're gonna run the bases even another base stealing might not reflect after the run the bases aggressively. They play very good defense on the infield in and their pitching you know youthful as it might be on the whole. Extremely talent. -- wanna give back and -- -- -- -- pitching in the second but the Molina question at least is something else for me it I look at the American League and that the best catcher from my untrained guy it is defensively is we yours where does. Where does readers how does Molina matchup with leaders. I -- as far as they're they're catching the throw I think they're very similar when you have guys that threw throw out forty either 45 to 50% of the base runners you know you're there they're trying to set the bar. And there's a probably a pretty big drop off the guys behind them so. That being said that they compare very favorably so where we have some familiarity with leaders we don't with yadier. On field. Experience or familiarity so. You know that's why we've got to be calculated. And we've got those continue to do our homework. To identify possible opportunities to not only take tiny feet but look to to steal by got right. Q do you feel confident that you have enough of the report that. Oral scouting report on Michael -- -- -- had a great post season run. And he's a young guy hadn't and that the body of work is not that large but what we've seen is is pretty incredible. It's really incredible considering you're -- fourteen months ago this guys on the campus of Texas a and M. And now he's gone through the post season as good as anybody that you know -- pitched this offseason and we just come through starters and in Detroit. That you'll historically might have set the bar as a group about this guy has been no less dominant today you think you've figured what's the point four ERA in three starts he's made. But the thing that stands out as the number of young guys that they have to take to mount a lot of confidence. They have a lot of physical abilities to back up or give them that confidence in and -- is no different but you can also look at Martinez seekers. Rosenthal Miller you know. The list goes on and on and we were gonna get power stuff thrown on us and guys that are not afraid to throw Walton play. Does that change your game plan at all minute against trade talked about being patient and and knowing that even if you got down into a hole early you might be able to bounce back late in the game this bullpen seemed better than Detroit to talk about your team being aggressive. Alex Avila throw -- like 17% of base runners just -- here is about 45%. How much does how much do you need to change your game plan for the team you're playing or you just do what you do. Well what we can't do is gonna say you know what we've got to change how we've done things all year that would send the absolute wrong message to our players. Oh we have shown the ability to adjust within Saudi given game and that's a testament to that awareness in the smarts. In the baseball players quote unquote that we have they're they're gamers and -- the played to the game situation that's going to be very similar to the series that as we -- or anticipated so. We we can't take away from our strengths and that is to grind out about will be relentless in the batter's box. But if we need to -- about early in the count we've shown the ability to do that against pitchers that have attacked the strike zone throw a lot of early strikes and give an at bat. We're asked about a lot of players and your team I think the most popular question in the last couple weeks or week and a half has been. What happened with Daniel Nava how to Jonny Gomes. Essentially take the job full time. Nothing's -- Daniel Nava and -- his credit you know as we as he and I have had. A couple of really candid conversations. He understands it and -- and what that it is is that here's a guy that's you don't hit 290 plus or or 300 for the most part of the year. In and all of a sudden you know against right handers he's not a lineup. If and as I mention -- and hey if this is the regular season and you were playing in these situations. I would completely understand why the red flag would go up. But at the same time I said there to me that there's some things -- some momentum there's some intangibles things that we can't qualify we can't put a number on the and that's not to be. Disrespectful to Danny on anyway but. I look at the six games and Jonny Gomes started and that. He's not the played every single time and people out there might -- the same and this guy has lost his losses gore here coming up to that that this reasoning. But the -- six and there were six and only games in which he started he gives a presence he gives us. A different attitude on the field. -- and whether that rubs off on all the guys to give them confidence. But I tell you at the proof was in the putting that when we've scored multiple runs inside of a given inning he's right in the middle of it ends he's an exceptional base runner. He is. -- And on denying he will in the box and on the field much like Dustin Pedroia and if that's the intangible that I'm referring to -- so be it. But we we can't step away from the way we played and he's been starting on its okay to a committee drive -- crazy sits on the bench for the entirety of the nine minutes and I know we know he really doesn't he really doesn't but I tell you what -- -- -- a lot of -- we are able to do more readily take advantage of those intangibles rather than he's sitting back and not being. In between the lines and again I don't want that to be you know degrading today in a nominee anyway because I think when we get over Saint Louis we play in a bigger outfield -- and I was going to be in left field. While speaking of that you are gonna have to play three games there which means you gonna have to make a decision at first base with David Ortiz and Mike Napoli how will you make that decision do you have a sense what you will do yet. Yeah that you know when we go up against Lance Lynn and Kelly. That there's more pronounced left right splits with those two guys as there is with Wainwright. And walker so. You know David is certainly going to be on the field one if not two of those games at first base. Know there's this is no matter preserving energy your preserving. You know durability. Who we we've got seven games left potentially and and -- won't mix and match and put the best guys in position to succeed that we hopefully can. Is it a is that a pain to deal with when you and you build your team a certain way American League team with the DH. Going to a National -- situation where you have to take either David Ortiz or Mike Napoli up. It's not a pain you you'd prefer not to take your 45 holes that are on the line up. But you know the I was even ask a question of the day do you heard it for a one game thing do you put Napoli behind the plate with what we're not going to be that we we would be shifting away away from anything we ever did during the regular season. But unfortunately one of those two guys gonna have to sit and being a pinch hit role. Until they take the field whether it's -- replacing David the late inning defensive replacement. But still that unfortunately we've got the the best DH and history of the game that. In one of those if not two. He's going to be limited to -- -- Mystique and one more trick question is thought -- it -- -- -- Victorino was in such a slump. Before that Grand Slam than it ever cross your mind to pension plan. Yet did. And thankfully I didn't do anything. I'll be quite -- because they're the number conversations at Torrey and I have throughout the course of the game particularly -- down late situations. Where you've got guys at your disposal. You know it ends. The thing about it is it when when we get into a bases loaded situation I personally take the whole recent history out of the mix. Because that pitch from the mound was forced to throw the ball over the plate you're probably not gonna get guys chasing as much. And fortunately personal curve ball that the third one in the sequence state -- middle plating indelible part. So who were gonna go and I was thinking knob right there but. You -- -- sometimes you're better off to stay in that Callaway and let them go play. Keeper wood hit a Grand Slam -- you would have been a -- anyway yeah -- talk to me quickly I know you gotta run but we got to here quickly about the kids in -- ball -- he is such fun to watch. At least for me I do enjoy watching him hit I enjoy the patience the poise. What are the characteristics that standout to you in and have allowed him. As a as a kid his age to do what he's done so far. You know my probably the things that you just described an end. The thing that stands out to all of us today and if coach uses everybody in uniform there's been a number of situations where he's been in the 32 count. Because of his ability and it would stay disciplined at the plate. And I've been on three occasions in this post season where he stepped out of the box called timeout. And almost three groups so his presence of mind in those moments to regain that emotional control we talk about. Steps back in a box -- take a borderline pitch for for a ball for an NBA again it in the midst of of building an inning and just to see the the pulse rate stayed so calm. The smile on his face he never it never leaves and so it if he's anxious which I'm sure he is hope he does one heck of a job of hiding. While it's been a lot of fun watching him watch in this team as we said the energy here tonight. Fantastic for game one at John -- always brought you by -- insurance town fair tire and Anderson windows. We'll talk to you next Wednesday I don't know what all of occurred by them I mean you guys. Could be in a completely different states you maybe get ready for vacation that -- you may be still a little thanks and next Wednesday we will talk again will look forward to. Yeah for sure look forward to it as well and you're right I think the the energy in this ballpark as we've seen and won the thing that our our guys thrive off of and what we felt was important -- -- -- and maintain home field advantage in -- certainly played out we're hopeful that happens in the series are there others that Red Sox manager John -- most important thing he said that next salt and holly at Fenway on WB yeah.

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