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Craig Breslow on M&M: ‘It seems to be pretty split’ among Red Sox on preferring A’s or Tigers

10.10.13 at 1:19 pm ET
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Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow joined Mut & Merloni on Thursday morning to discuss the Red Sox’ ALDS-clinching win over the Rays on Tuesday, as well as the team’s upcoming opponent, whether it be the Athletics or the Tigers, in the ALCS.

The Red Sox advanced to the ALCS on Tuesday night after defeating the Rays in four games. Game 4 was a nail-biter, as the Sox rallied from a one-run defect in the seventh inning, scoring three runs over the final three innings to win the game 3-1.

“It was unbelievable, unbelievable game, unbelievable series. Just a tremendous game, a dogfight, like we had expected,” Breslow said. “Great start by [JakePeavy, big at-bats to grind through a number of relievers that were run out there, and finally getting on the board late and taking the lead. You don’t always think about what your reaction is going to be … so obviously I was incredibly ecstatic.”

A case could be made that Breslow was the MVP of Game 4, as the left-hander went 1 2/3 innings and struck out the first four batters he faced, including the potent middle of the Rays lineup in Evan LongoriaBen Zobrist and Desmond Jennings.

Breslow said he had no indication that he would pitch for almost two innings in the game, and he noted that he simply kept trying to locate his pitches away from Tampa’s hitters.

“We didn’t talk about anything, although obviously going out there with the intentions of throwing an inning the night before and only being able to get one out, I was disappointed in the outing. … I think everybody in the bullpen, to a man, takes a lot of pride in going out there and completing whatever the expectation is and getting the ball to the next guy,” Breslow said. “I welcomed the opportunity to expand on the previous night’s outing also; by only having thrown three pitches on Monday night, I felt fresh.

“It’s a pretty impressive group of hitters. … I just felt like being able to keep the ball down and away and kind of have the ball running away from the barrel of the bat was probably the most advantageous pitch that I could come up with, and when I was doing that and starting to kind of recognize that guys were starting to lean out over the plate, I saw an opening to come in and take a chance or two, coming in with a cutter or a slider.”

Looking ahead to Boston’s next playoff opponent, Breslow said that the players appear to be split on whether they would rather face the A’s or the Tigers.

“Like I said, I haven’t had too many discussions with guys about who we would prefer to play, and maybe the overhearing that I have done seems to be pretty split,” Breslow said. “I think we recognize the strengths of both teams. Detroit, when healthy, has that formidable lineup. Oakland’s got a great pitching staff. I feel like Oakland reminds me a lot of the Red Sox team in that from top to bottom, they get contributions from everybody on that roster. … Detroit is a team with those superstar household names, so I don’t know that you want to necessarily kind of handicap your odds against either team, because I think our objective is to go out there and beat whoever we’re going to play.”

To listen to the interview, visit the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

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