John Farrell on D&H: ‘We just have to stay the course’
|05.07.14 at 4:10 pm ET|
Red Sox manager John Farrell joined Dale & Holley on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the recent performances of Jon Lester and Grady Sizemore, and the current state of the club. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
In Tuesday’s game, Sizemore contributed in a major way, driving in David Ortiz from second base in the 12th inning to give the Sox a 4-3 victory. Over his last seven games, Sizemore is hitting .320 with a .433 OBP.
“I think for guys coming into this environment, or to a new team, or coming off of two years of injury as Grady has done, when you have a newness to it, there’s a game, I think, or games, that can go a long way to a player feeling like he’s an integral part, he’s a contributor every time he walks on the field,” Farrell said. “I would think last night, Grady comes off the field feeling ecstatic about himself, not just in the three hits last night, but in the last couple of games, he’s put together some really good at-bats.”
Lester also had an impressive showing in his last appearance, as the southpaw was magnificent against the Athletics on Saturday. In eight innings of work, Lester only allowed one hit while striking out 15 batters.
“That was the best combination of power and command that he has shown and might be one of the handful of games in his entire major league career where it was been that precise, that powerful, for a full eight innings,” Farrell said. “There’s been some talk of his no-hitter a couple of years ago against Kansas City and how does it rank up to that. I would say that he had overall better control and command within the strike zone his last time out than he did in the no-hitter.”
Wednesday’s matchup against the Reds gives the Sox another opportunity to reach the .500 mark if they are able to come away with the victory. This will be the ninth attempt of the year for the Sox to break even.
Farrell said he’s getting closer to getting a sense of what his team really is.
“You look down at the roster, you see the names, you have an idea of what guys are capable of, but then when the pieces finally come together as they’ve done in the last 10 days with everybody returning from the DL … then you see how it comes to life within a given game,” he said.
“We know that we’ve got some young guys that were getting their feet on the ground, there are some situations that they’re finding themselves in at the major league level that are incredible learning experiences,” he continued, adding: “We just have to stay the course and continue ride some of that inexperience, but know that they’re going to grow into very good players.”
On the recent performance of closer Koji Uehara: ‘The velocity is still the same, the pitches that he uses the same — he hasn’t added one, he hasn’t eliminated one. He went through that spell in New York where we stayed away from him for about four days or so. … I think he’s gaining confidence each time he walks out there, so every guy reacts to those things differently. … I think we’re seeing Koji moving towards the performer he has set such a high standard for himself.”
On Mariano Rivera stating that he would pick Dustin Pedroia over Robinson Cano for one game: “Anything that Mariano says is going to have added credibility and weight within our game, but the fact that he said it in lieu of a teammate, I think further bolsters what we’ve been fortunate to watch each and every day that Dustin has worn a Red Sox uniform. I’d hate to think where this franchise would be without him.”
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