|Jerry Remy on D&C: ‘You have to go for the production’ from Josh Reddick||07.22.11 at 9:44 am ET|
NESN color commentator Jerry Remy checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk Red Sox. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Remy called Felix Hernandez, the Mariners’ starting pitcher Friday night, “one of the top pitchers in all of baseball.”
“If he’s on his game, it could be a very tough night for Red Sox hitters,” Remy said.
Remy said that John Lackey, Hernandez’s opponent, is trying to pitch with consistency and string together multiple quality starts.
“He’s facing a club tonight in Seattle that’s a poor offensive ball club, so hopefully that works in the Red Sox’ favor,” Remy said.
Remy also said that, based on his recent play, Josh Reddick should continue to play every day.
“You hate to sit veterans like [J.D.] Drew, but there comes a time when you have to go for the production,” Remy said. “The production right now is with Reddick, and I don’t see any reason why [Terry Francona] won’t put him in the lineup tonight against Hernandez.”
Remy credited Reddick’s success to his increased plate discipline and ability to hit the ball to all areas of the field. He added that Reddick’s performance might decrease the Red Sox’ interest in Carlos Beltran.
Said Remy: “I don’t think they’re going to give up the house to get Beltran. … If the team is healthy, they’ve got enough as it is to do what they want to do.”
Remy said he never expected the power numbers Jacoby Ellsbury has put up this season.
“I guess it’s just with maturity and some adjustments he’s made at the plate, staying back a little bit better,” Remy said. “You throw him a pitch down and in, he has the ability to take that ball out of the ballpark.”
Remy also complimented Ellsbury for the way Ellsbury dealt with critics during his lost 2010 season.
Remy also said that between Dustin Pedroia’s “Gold Glove-type season at second base” and recent offensive explosion, Pedroia reminds Remy of his MVP season.
Said Remy: “I’ve never seen a guy get as hot as he gets and raise his average as much as he does in a short period of time.”
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