Scioscia on Ortiz: ‘As Dangerous As He’s Ever Been’
|10.08.09 at 7:10 pm ET|
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Game 2 starter Jered Weaver just had their pre-game media sessions. A few highlights:
–Ervin Santana, who has moved from the rotation to the bullpen for the Division Series, might be available to pitch on back-to-back days, depending on his workload in the first contest. If, for instance, he were to throw one inning tonight, he could be available on Friday for Game 2.
–Scioscia offered quite a bit of praise for Red Sox skipper Terry Francona.
“There are a lot of things that Terry brings, you’ll notice. And it’s not just limited to in-game management, which he’s as good as there is at. He does a great job with the bullpen, [and] I think a great job with lineups. [He] has guys running in high-percentage success-rate situations, but I think the environment and the tone he sets goes beyond what might happen in a ballgame just shows what he brings to that organization. He’s had to deal with a lot of things. Those guys just keep bouncing back, and bouncing back from injuries and everything that goes on with their club to be perennial contenders. He’s certainly leading that charge.”
–A moment of levity occurred when Scoscia was asked about Jeff Weaver’s performance in the second half.
“I haven’t seen Jeff too much,” said Scoscia. “He got the win last night for the Dodgers. I’ll just assume you’re talking about Jered. I get them confused all the time, too. If Jered had a nickel for every time I call him Jeff, he’d be richer than he is now.”
Jeff Weaver last pitched for the Angels in 2006, going 3-10 with a 6.29 ERA. Jered Weaver went 16-8 with a 4.75 ERA this year.
–Scoscia said that he “absolutely” could see a difference between David Ortiz in April and May and the one who his club faced in Boston in September.
“When he first came in here earlier in the season, you could see he was really searching for some things,” said Scoscia. “I think he was putting a lot of pressure on himself, just from outside looking in. … When we went back in there in the last month of the season, you just saw a different presence. You saw a guy, I think, more confident, more comfortable. And, you know, I think probably the numbers reflect really two different guys from … maybe the first two months of the eason until where he is now. He’s every bit as dangerous as he’s ever been. I think you can throw the numbers out at this point. There’s probably not a guy that’s been a better clutch hitter in postseason ever than David Ortiz. He’s going to be someone to deal with, for sure.”
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