You know he's going to continue to get better. He's someone that can be counted on, not only now but in the future.
We know what kind of defensive center fielder Chris Duffy is. To get him going offensively, it's not going to do us a lot of good, eight games in, to keep going back and forth.
One-and-7 obviously isn't the way you want to start. But the (Dodgers) team I managed last year started 12-2 and we won 71 games. So it's not a large enough sample size of games. It doesn't mean this is the kind of team we're going to be for the next six months.
You don't take a rookie and give him a second All-Star break, ... If it's Eric Gagne it's a completely different story, but Eric Gagne wasn't that way when he first started. Eric Gagne would pitch when he first became a closer. He would pitch in a game like that.
I can sit here and know wholeheartedly that I've given it everything I could possibly give. I've put my heart and soul into this.
We're not going to let any of them wander off track. We're going to show them support and give them the information they need to improve. We're going to point them to the film room where they can study and learn from their mistakes.
Giving up four or five runs through five innings with your starter ... that's a lot of runs to give up and expect to win.
He was around 90 pitches, he had gotten out of the previous inning with the tying run at second. You're going to hit for him there. He did a very good job, pitched six very good innings for us.
I don't think it's any more daunting than some of the challenges we have faced up to this point. We have seen some awfully good pitching.
We threw a ton of strikes and we made some very good 0-2 pitches.
He got 13 ground ball outs, and that's good for a nine-inning game. That's an indication of how well he pitched. That's a very positive sign ... It's March 18th, and you want to see your pitchers starting to sharpen.
He had 13 ground-ball outs. That's a lot of ground-ball outs for a nine-inning game, let alone a five-inning stint in spring training. That gives you a pretty good idea of how well he pitched.
I do feel that way. And that's because I've seen some of the guys in this rotation be very good, even though I was looking at that from afar. What's more, I know that they know what they have to do.
He's a young guy who's continuing to work his way through the growth period,
He makes everyone around him better. It's not going to take him months to resurrect that great hand-eye coordination. It's safe to say he's a weapon depending on where he's at with his rehab situation.
There was no way he was going back out after that. When a guy gets hit in the head, he's done for the day.
If you look at all the offense we're getting, five or six runs a game, that's got to be good enough. But to expect seven or eight a day Ridiculous. It's not going to happen. It hasn't happened in the history of the game.
To expect to be able to score seven or eight runs is ridiculous. It hasn't happened in the history of the game.
I'm not going to sit there and second-guess my players. It's a youthful player. Let's be honest.
I'd like to hope so. But in order for that to happen, we have to continue to come out here every day and play with the same type of intensity that we have played with. And we will get to that point.
I would certainly hope not (intentionally) in spring training. I don't think Curt Schilling goes out there to hurt people.
If he's hitting in 2-0 and 3-1 counts, the ball is going to be put in play -- probably hard. You just hope it's hit at somebody.
I would certainly hope so. At the major-league level, there has to be a lot of nights where five runs are plenty to win.
We're looking to get guys at-bats. We're going to play our best guys and hope the best in them comes out.
That's what you hope for. They both did exactly what I wanted them to do, probably what they wanted to do, too.