Jun 19, 2014|
We check in with John Farrell for our weekly look at the Sox with the Skipper. Lackey, Holt, Ortiz, Workman, Victorino and more are all on the docket.
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We get the opportunity normally every Wednesday to talk with a manager of the Boston Red Sox but of course the Red Sox were. Playing yesterday when all of that came up to John Farrell joins us right now from Oakland brought to you by our belly insurance town fair tire. And Mohegan Sun hey John how -- Victory -- I'm really good I mean time beautiful I I bet you at all your really really good stuff right at the very beginning here. John let's start with John Lackey and his performance yesterday nine innings no hits I know runs three hits. He is he is having another incredible year as a member of your pitching staff. Venture. You know to his credit because -- you're the wage restricted audience. Prior to struggle last year. The way he continues to go out there and repeat his delivery. What's really been encouraging its kuwaitis -- and his arm strength. It is just urging those sort of credible for us family for former. Mean that you -- Lester shortly ankle our rotation. And that it's 6 o'clock Pacific -- -- you probably now. -- what are your what was your analysis of yesterday's game from both sides I mean you look at. And pitching performances from Lackey. Then the twins also pitched very well mean what what do you think was. -- that what was getting out to you in that game from both perspective I think well noteworthy. -- Of burger pitchers in the Egyptian president your state or what should be successful career what you consider your pedigree -- her. But I'll just within you know you you get the big game after a night game in the -- The where the first church were here and play without thought you know what each team would probably gonna help one push. Each team or any team that's for drug problem and being the deciding factor need to have that feeling of pride and digging -- that and I can't. Thankfully John Lackey who's as good as the -- for a long. Then we find ourselves in the heart of the order after they. After probably hit the go -- homer off of also -- -- which fortunately it's just going to let him walk awesome and more -- three eventually. Done obviously when you talk about the after the Gibson. Through what you guys yesterday you know he is the third longest scoreless streak in twins history so. This guy is is is no slouch and he's in the middle of like 23 in a row. But other you'll also face other pitches where he thought maybe. The offense with spring to life a little bit how much of a concern knowing the -- getting great pitching right now is the fact that your offense still isn't scoring runs. Well it's well document -- we we hear about it every day and that doesn't change our approach. Is it that. Setting Katyusha rockets and shut down. What Durbin the number of games we're still we're getting multiple people on base. In leaving a lot of people are based group we know that runners score positioned batting average for strictly with two outs. It is uncharacteristically. Low. It -- a couple that with two outs. You know we're seeing it routinely is that Giant -- or Richard or are navigating their way to a lot of they're gonna choose who they want states to shutting off. That is the case reputedly. And I do notice that sentiment and has stepped lectures and others. What he's doing whatever care and -- which makes so that makes sense for the Red Sox who proved. It anywhere that we can't now. You can point to the guys that have been here for number years and -- all of them are are firmly believe that there are there are hardware guys are trying to date the -- guy in that moment where you know we over playing over there and -- sold at times. Well there's been a lack of putting ourselves in the position to score runs we're still doing out of the -- rate. Our job for the last couple days we've talked about David Ortiz. And his issue with the official scorer before -- get into his reaction. I wanna know what did you think of the call. Well I think it's terrible player goes above normal normal you know global effort. You're probably your side to the with a hitter and there toward optional national report all the power you know extend it you know. Lot of -- You know what there's there's a system replaced for that -- reviewed -- -- that place. Put all our our our respect to David -- in the -- -- aren't your worries not hitting it there ought to be average these typically goes the shift as -- saw a number of chips away which. That that's a whole documentary fault that some frustration turner cable -- or yesterday. There's David has done many times people were sort of happened behind in the dugout as the game tying home run so -- -- that review process all or Alter its course. I'm going to play the game obviously managing the game now wondering. As a player from your experience as a player in dealing with players. You think most of them know what official scorers do mean David made a reference yesterday to the official scores at Fenway Park being against them and supposed to be some home cooking involved I think most those guys. Have an understanding of of what the job as. I think you do you know I. Began and the time that you're directly in all -- -- probably going to be a little bit biased I would say as well -- An objective view from Merck official scorer is surely not are always a line with a player that doesn't fall -- our stick and play for a long. The game's been played so. What I do though is their futures with a review process such in place that -- it will static amateur. And adapt or a little bit it'll be -- There are times when being the manager being the general manager of a baseball team is not necessarily a fun thing. I assume that was the case earlier this week when you had to have a talk with Grady Sizemore. Yeah -- you know everything. More importantly. Dallas you know Grady Sizemore represents everything that is. Proving great about the game and the way guys play at it and the way guys approached -- And -- if you look at individual vehicle history in the individual track records in the -- and crazy amount of injury he's fought back from an outlaw all the rehab because a critical look great years as a person that wasn't an easy conversation and unfortunately. You know -- to order plus play the truckers. We felt like we need to upgrade work which can and that's aren't going in and Brady are fortunate in this case was the victim -- change. -- -- we we know that we've got to try to get as much production out of our cultural which -- and we're making those changes to try to just. There John -- that -- it's perfectly in today's. Mohegan Sun question. -- you can have dinner with John Ferrell if your questions chosen and then abruptly as a candidate for that been dropped from Woodstock Connecticut. Wants to know John how much influence do you have in sending a player back to the minors. I don't know I have that it I don't know there's a certain percentage you can save that. Because Mike conversational -- and others are our daily every hole is well aware. You know the situation that we Mikey and will be given positioned merchant player. Now I will say that there are -- -- you pound the table so portable players that you know what I believe in this guy even though that number might -- -- right now. So you'd you'd try to. Should all that support. It would it would be given in a given player. Really get some point you know you have to be objective Jew and what Narnia -- team and an -- where some of those decisions you take place. -- done a lot of Farr brought cold and you know he's. Better breath of fresh air is a great athlete -- in east you know had a really almost play. Two games that day while learning one position and then gonna look easy but. Kind of a two part question have you ever been on a team who's had to use a player like -- views Brock and when you go to sleep but now -- The ever lose a week or -- thinking what are we doing to this kid. Well first look first part of you know I've I've never been a team that's had a player -- versatile. And were it not only them. The versatility that he -- what's important because he's anchoring a leadoff spot where that early on -- little bit of -- for all dorsal. Whatever you want to keep about a lineup you don't we've been more open mind it's. -- throwing him in a position where there's been cool little -- know. Work leading up to. Any -- -- We're fortunate we've got a guy that you as you mentioned athletic. That has a baseball instincts and that'll allow. Maybe limited access or limited exporter position of the plate or am I gonna get in Paris in this position late comic played a major level. None of that match. I also think just like you say how much can we continue to expect Oprah hole because. The -- went from fighting for utility jobs certain our -- -- playing. People are saying what are -- that we can -- -- on the -- and during the September 3 at the euphoria that is created a I think what he's doing he's carving out the beginning of what should be -- just lately career. To what extent who knows. -- or -- we dug out there of course felt -- With Brandon Workman suspension being upheld by a Major League Baseball and you've got a hole in your rotation for tomorrow's game have you guys made a decision on that yet. -- you're -- -- start tomorrow he did travel what this out here after the ruling came down what you. The other gonna -- out a little little puzzled by it took so long Tuesday the same sex game and so yemen's Arabian and nine game suspension really when you look at it. What are being you you can make that. Argument to -- more and more virtual streeters regardless but. You know. By restarting the suspension yesterday and Serbian. It looks like a ministers won't start and then -- -- -- -- -- Current situation moving parts here and are on rehab. Brandon situation is doing quite well also achieved -- date -- as we speak we're back with a pocket. So what we've got a cute instrument to editors. Our follow -- on the un unto outfielders one if you're gonna call brought cold and popular kind of goes into my question. I know he has versatility what do you believe is best positioned this for you guys. Was that position there's -- at. One hasn't played yet. Well Taylor is -- position as -- lost our soul how we get the most legal. You know plays and to divert or you know long term -- what we're sitting here today one project -- Long term commissioners. The factors. He certainly put an open -- short group and neighbors small. What would -- with being able to play in a position that it you don't achieve any use super utility ours. You know in the game anymore why I don't know -- children and one that really stands out others. There's been dispersal and back successful. As a player out there and number positions. -- Steve Lyons is raising his hand that we are up yet yet I didn't hit me at 29 errors and and 1988 started off. I don't know that versatility gals but what also follow opened Sizemore what did you see in spring training that wasn't able to translate. During the regular season was it just the the grind of a playing every day they got to -- what was it that it just didn't carry over three regular season. -- Michael -- gracious and spring training -- and that's where our medical staff was and also -- the the plan that we put in place for his progression. What we're seeing a spring training. Was not only encouraging probably a little bit unexpected strengths are and go all the way we saw like there was going to be exporter rose was potential change player. Growth in fact our production. You know maybe or maybe some explosiveness -- some power. And we saw -- complex so. And we're so culmination of other parents are the way we've played the way we formed out soles group. We just felt like. Yet what that -- continue on -- human need every bit back and -- we didn't feel like -- or those. We're open mind -- depending on what takes place now the -- we we would provide that it pocket if he felt like it was a situation that was officially here but we like it didn't work retouched. They took what we expected to once we got to spring training the first 45 weeks. Final question before we let you go at this moment are all signs point toward chain victory knows return on Monday. Our question -- work it's going to be incomplete he was held out today because this sudden and stiffness. And wasn't able to go so world or in its database situation as much as we need to expect source. We've got to get some level of credibility here every -- -- before he is actually. John we appreciate time is always good luck up there will talk to next week. We are -- take care that is John Ferrell. Red Sox manager joining us from Oakland well we buried the lead immediately realize that Shane Victorino held out of today's rehab start and attack if not with stiffness. Nine that day and you're exactly right not coming out Monday that. If if they're already at this stage having to hold him out now and -- as though although he's eligible to return on Monday. Certainly puts into question whether that's gonna happen. He got mad not to my -- in right field we're not gonna have a lot of Major League roster gone you know one day on Monday off until he can figured out the I gotta put him on the roster until they come play him. A couple days in a -- then maybe give the day off and then plan a couple more days and they give him a day off and then run him out there every day. And if he's being held out of rehab assignments right now. He's nowhere near being ready come back. I think there's a kid in the system. Their kid in the system who was. Who was prepared to play animators right now and outfielder. And well it was that the name we all know in and he his batting averages close and and on 300 at AAA level now the start a little slow and that's to be expected when last I checked a day or so ago he was up to 292. In Pawtucket. I mean we know we can field. Because tyranny that Eric and and we'll talk about it. And in a few minutes here they're in a position. I got a lot of weird things going on the -- and the Red Sox you know the traditional things that we're used to our. The Red Sox ends. I guess semi play off position. -- seven games out of the division lead other four games on the wild card. You're used to the Red Sox not talking about the playoffs in June and not being totally out of it that's on on one hand yes that's that's what we all. What we're all familiar with that the threats from the other hand. Guys dropping like flies -- -- playing third got blocked Brock COLT. -- first to get Rocco playing left center right all over the place. And now shame -- you know Shane Victorino. Is not gonna come back Jackie Bradley junior has struggled to hit. On one hand you think art go out and and and plug this plug this hole and then put a band aid here and -- hand. And got some kids in the system. Bring up the kids to fill the holes. By the way just checked smoky -- is up to hitting 310 now. The other one more hit addict and a guy that got fifty at bats is that a white flag he forgot to bring about is that white black he's got 58 at bats. He's got to eighteen hits couple of doubles triple two home runs nine runs batted in. Yeah I don't think I'm giving so it's not not in his case because he's a prospect that debt if they bring about. They're gonna expect his at bats to mean something at the Red Sox started an organization where you can. Retool -- the re load and that's you know that's the situation that they're in the eight. They can not tell Red Sox fans we're gonna give up on this year hey we're -- -- -- a little while ago they were ten games back what I say they had to make a one game. On the division leaders every ten days hasn't it been ten days since then and it made up three so ahead in the right direction but still planning -- time for them to get to the top of -- division we got a lot talk about baseball on the docket believe it or not. The patriots in the middle of some controversy again. And coach Bill Belichick. And Pat Riley was -- man and I never thought I'd ever say that. That's all upcoming Sports Radio WEEI.