|David Ross on M&M: ‘Can’t wait to celebrate with my guys tomorrow on the duck boats’||11.01.13 at 12:53 pm ET|
With the 2013 World Series championship in the books, Red Sox catcher David Ross joined Mut & Merloni to talk about his experiences with the team and how he’s handling the success.
“I’ve done a ton of interviews and some media stuff. It doesn’t really sink in when you’re doing it,” Ross said. “But last night I fell asleep — I put my kids down at about 9:30, which is way earlier than I’ve been going to bed. So 1:30 rolled around and I rolled over and my mind started racing, what all had happened. I couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned for about 30 minutes.
“Finally I just got up, flipped on the TV, and MLB was recapping the whole thing. I just started to watch it. I was smiling one minute, I had tears in my eyes the next, and happy. Just watching the whole thing, it was really, really cool. I think it’s setting in at some points in the day. But I can’t imagine it right now, so far, just, we’re world champs. I just can’t wait to celebrate with my guys tomorrow on the duck boats.”
Ross was one of the team’s key offseason signing following the disaster of 2012. Ross, who previously played for the Sox in 2008, said every player had a clean slate to start the 2013 season.
“When I came in to spring training, and the new guys, the thing that I liked the most is that there were some guys still with a little bit of a bitter taste in their mouth from the year before, just hearing some comments,” Ross said. “The core that was here was so talented to begin with with. One, the pitching staff, that’s part of the reason I signed here, the pitching staff was so talented. And the core group with David [Ortiz], Ells [Jacoby Ellsbury] and Pedey [Dustin Pedroia], those guys in the lineup are just really, really talented players.
“The one thing I think about the new guys that came in that people like is we weren’t judging anybody from anything in the past. I was almost numb to what went on here before. I’d been in the National League and didn’t know much about it. I just remembered the good times in ’08, and that’s what I wanted to get back to, that’s what I was familiar with. And that’s what John [Farrell] was familiar with.
“I don’t think we judged anybody from the outset. I don’t think anybody had any preconceived notions of this player or that player. We wanted to form some bond and talk baseball and go out and compete together. We just grew and grew and grew together as far as our personalities and how much we like being around each other.”
|Red Sox pregame notes: Jake Peavy still potential Game 7 starter ‘as of now’; Jon Lester would be available in Game 7||10.30.13 at 5:20 pm ET|
Red Sox manager John Farrell said that, “as of now,” Jake Peavy remains the starter to whom he plans to turn should the World Series reach a winner-take-all seventh game. Each time Farrell has made this claim, he’s offered some sort of qualifier (“as of now,” “right now,” etc.). And so, the manager was asked, is there something that might transpire that would result in someone other than Peavy making the start, or is Farrell simply using a default phrase to preface his remarks?
“It’s probably more the way it’s prefaced,” said Farrell.
Still, the Sox will have the rest of their pitching staff available in a potential Game 7, should the series extend to that point. The available arms, said Farrell, would include left-hander Jon Lester as well as right-hander Clay Buchholz.
“They’ll be available before this is over,” Farrell said of the team’s Game 4 and Game 5 starters.
Farrell clarified that, while Buchholz wouldn’t leapfrog other members of the bullpen in terms of their defined late-innings roles, he could be available to pitch as soon as Game 6 tonight. As for Lester, Farrell said that the lower back discomfort that he was dealing with at the end of Game 5 did not represent a significant concern.
“If there is such a thing, it was normal wear and tear,” said Farrell. “That’s what he’s dealing with.”
Farrell also had more praise for left-hander Felix Doubront, and said that the team would not hesitate to use him out of the bullpen in Game 6. He will not be avoided over concerns about his Game 7 role.
“Doubront’s available tonight. We wouldn’t hold him back for tomorrow,” said Farrell.
OTHER RED SOX NOTES
– Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, staples of the Red Sox lineup during the regular season, have found themselves relegated to reserve roles as the postseason has evolved, with Jonny Gomes and David Ross taking over primary responsibilities in left field and behind the plate. Farrell acknowledged that a drastic change of responsibilities can be hard for the players to accept, yet he can’t be beholden to player preferences in making his lineup decisions at this time of year. Read the rest of this entry »
|‘All signs point’ to Jake Peavy in Game 7, but Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront would also be available||10.28.13 at 6:08 pm ET|
ST. LOUIS — As became evident in Game 4 of the World Series, when Red Sox starter John Lackey made his first relief appearance since 2004, this is a time when a number of players can be pressed into duty in unusual roles. That being the case, it comes as little surprise that Lackey’s rotation mate, Jake Peavy, is available to the Sox out of the bullpen for Monday’s Game 5 between the Red Sox and Cardinals.
That said, Sox manager John Farrell said that, “as of now,” if there is a Game 7 of the World Series, “everything points to [Peavy as the starter of that game] right now.” While left-hander Felix Doubront has been outstanding in the last two games of the series out of the bullpen, throwing two scoreless frames in Game 3 and 2 2/3 innings in which he was charged with one run in Game 4, Farrell said that the team is not currently trying to preserve the southpaw for a start in a potential winner-take-all contest.
“Everybody’s going to be available Game 7,” Farrell said. “We haven’t gotten to a point of saying, you know what, let’s hold [Doubront] out as a potential starter.”
Doubront would be available on Monday “in an emergency.”
Meanwhile, another pitcher who could be available for Game 7 is Clay Buchholz. Farrell said that the right-hander came out of his four innings in Game 4 feeling good, and volunteered immediately to contribute to the Sox when the series returns to Boston. Read the rest of this entry »
Red Sox left-hander Craig Breslow will contribute regularly to this blog throughout his team’s postseason run. In addition to his work on the mound, the eight-year big leaguer also is the founder and executive director of the Strike 3 Foundation, a charitable agency that heightens awareness, mobilizes support and raises funding for childhood cancer research. To learn more about the Strike 3 Foundation, and its new Play It Forward program, click here.
This game, especially this postseason, is emotionally draining. It’s a roller coaster. Each game carries tremendous weight, but that simply makes it more important to treat each one as its own event, separate from the next.
The Game 3 loss was frustrating, but we’ve done a good job all season of leaving yesterday behind and worrying about today. Granted, there was a lot of frustration after the Game 3 loss on an obstruction call, perhaps because of a lack of understanding of the rulebook and the context for the outcome, but at the end of the day, it was a loss. We’ve been able to turn the page on losses all season long. We did that again last night.
We knew that Game 4 was a game that we needed. Entering it, there was some curiosity about how many innings Clay Buchholz might be able to pitch inasmuch as it was really difficult for us to know exactly how he was feeling. But in the end, this was a situation where the game situation ended up dictating how long he went rather than his stuff or his health. He left because we needed to pinch-hit for him, rather than due to physical limitations. He could have been throwing 96 or 100 mph, and he still would have been replaced. That being the case, I don’t think you can overstate the importance of him battling, taking the ball without his best stuff, working through hitters, manipulating the ball, getting ground balls and giving us a chance.
Jonny Gomes‘ home run into our bullpen was huge. Off the bat, it was tough to know if it was going to make it to us, because the trajectory is such that it looks like a lot of balls are coming off the bat pretty well but the left fielders have ended up going in on them. Until the ball cleared the fence, it was hard to tell whether it would be a home run. That’s obviously the part of the park where Jonny’s power plays, though, and it was a great swing and an enormous hit.
It was really impressive to see the way Felix Doubront came in and shut down the Cardinals after he did the same thing in Game 3. In retrospect, it’s funny to think that at the end of the regular season, Felix expressed doubt about his ability to contribute out of the bullpen. I wouldn’t speak for him, but I can imagine that there would be some frustration that after being a starter all season long, you don’t have the opportunity to continue in that role in the postseason. Still, as we’ve seen throughout the year, we’ve got 25 guys who make winning their priority. If there’s a chance to help the team win, that’s all that matters. I think the biggest thing was for Felix to understand that he had stuff that could help us. Clearly, he put his stamp on Game 4. He had a pretty significant stake in our win.
I followed Felix into the game with a runner on second and two outs, facing Matt Carpenter for the third straight game. The first two games, I’d felt good about my execution of pitches even if the outcomes — a sacrifice fly in Game 2 and an infield single in Game 3 — had been less than ideal. Read the rest of this entry »
|Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo: Sox expect 100 pitches from Clay Buchholz; Mike Napoli an ‘emergency’ option at third base||10.27.13 at 3:46 pm ET|
ST. LOUIS — Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, in an interview on WEEI, suggested that the Sox believe that Clay Buchholz is “ready to go” and give the team a full workload for Game 4 of the World Series.
“Clay is ready to go. He’s fully armed and loaded. We anticipate Clay giving us 100 pitches and getting into the seventh inning, that’s first and foremost,” said Lovullo, in a conversation about how the Sox used their pitching staff in Game 3 knowing that there are questions about what Buchholz might be able to offer as the Game 4 starter. “But you always have to have that backup thought that just in case, you better have some length or somebody in there to have a little bit of coverage.”
Lovullo also discussed the Sox’ impetus for having Mike Napoli take grounders at third base prior to Game 3 of the World Series, chuckling that team officials knew that having the first baseman do so would “raise some eyebrows.” But he suggested while the Sox are contemplating using Napoli at a position he hasn’t played as a professional since 2004, the team does not view Napoli as an option to start at third base. Lovullo characterized Napoli at third base as being preparation for “an emergency situation.”
“We’re looking for any advantage that we can have, any advantage that will help us score runs by putting the best players out on the field at any given time,” said Lovullo. “[The idea of Napoli at third base is] more of a) an emergency situation b) a quick matchup where we could put him out there for one inning with a double-switch and then potentially have another double-switch where, there might be a pinch-run situation or something for [David Ortiz] where we can slide Napoli back over to first base and now play defense in a go-ahead situation. It’s not for a long-term, nine-inning start. It’s mostly for an emergency, a quick inning double-switch or maybe lightning in a bottle, hit a three-run home run, go ahead and slide him over there, in a situation where we already have maneuvered with some of our backup infielders — in this case, Will — in the game.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Sunday’s Red Sox-Cardinals World Series Game 4 matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Lance Lynn||at 12:07 pm ET|
The Red Sox turn to Clay Buchholz in a vital Game 4 of the World Series at St. Louis on Sunday.
Buchholz (12-1, 1.74 ERA) and the Cardinals’ Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97 ERA) face off with St. Louis leading the series 2-1 after its 5-4 win Saturday night at Busch Stadium.
After a spectacular regular season, Buchholz has struggled in the postseason. He last pitched in Boston’s ALCS Game 6 win over the Tigers last Saturday. In the 5-2 victory, he allowed two runs, four hits and two walks in five innings for a no-decision.
Those two runs came during the top of the sixth when Buchholz put on the first two batters he faced. At that point, Franklin Morales relived him, but he was also ineffective as Victor Martinez smacked a two-run single that brought in the two runners Morales inherited.
Buchholz was roughed up in Game 2 of the series as well. In 5 2/3 innings, Detroit pushed across five runs and smashed a pair of home runs against Buchholz.
In his first start of the playoffs, Buchholz allowed three runs in six innings against the Rays in a 5-4 ALDS Game 3 loss.
Buchholz posted a 1.74 ERA and a 12-1 record in 16 starts this regular season. He has never faced the Cardinals in his seven-year career.
Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha received much of the hype for their pitching performances in the NLDS and NLCS for the Cardinals. But Lynn’s contributions in St. Louis’ NLCS win over the Dodgers should not be overlooked.
He earned a Game 4 win at Los Angeles in his most recent start on Oct. 15. Lynn lasted 5 1/3 innings and gave up two runs, six hits and three walks while striking out five.
Four days earlier, in Game 1 of the series, Lynn made an extra-inning appearance. Lynn pitched the 12th and 13th innings, shutting out the Dodgers and snagging the win thanks to a walk-off single by Carlos Beltran in the 13th.
He also made one start in the NLDS vs. the Pirates, but it was an ugly one. Lynn allowed five runs, seven hits and three walks in just 4 1/3 innings.
|Red Sox workout day notes: Clay Buchholz to start, John Farrell defends Stephen Drew||10.25.13 at 6:41 pm ET|
ST. LOUIS — Red Sox manager John Farrell, prior to his team’s workout on Friday’s World Series off-day, offered a number of updates regarding how he plans to use his roster in Games 3 and 4 of the World Series. Among them:
– Farrell said that Clay Buchholz will start Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday.
“He went through a throwing program today. Went back to about a hundred feet with some increased intensity along the way, and he’s starting Sunday,” said Farrell.
– Despite Stephen Drew‘s offensive struggles — which rank among the most severe ever in a single postseason — Farrell certainly didn’t sound like he had any plans to sit him anytime soon, based on the shortstop’s tremendous defense throughout the postseason in a low run-scoring environment.
“[Drew's defense has] been critical,” Farrell said. “While he has had his struggles, they’re well documented, we live it with him. But he has played such a strong defensive position at shortstop. Last night there’s probably three or four plays that he makes, that might otherwise build into a potential inning for the Cardinals. We can go back to Game 6 in inning seven where he saves a run with two outs, and throws out [Tigers slugger Miguel] Cabrera, that we come back and [Shane] Victorino hits a grand slam to give us the lead. Read the rest of this entry »
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