TONY LA RUSSA: Well, I just think he
has the ability to throw every day. He has
experience in the playoffs, experience as a
reliever, you know, years ago. But he hasn't done
it much. Is he going to get the first call over some
of those other guys? I think not. But that's the way
the game is played. Several ways he could be
Tony, did the home and road factor
figure into your number two and number three
starters for this?
TONY LA RUSSA: Well, a little bit. You
know, we haven't played well on the road. I forget
now what the stats were, the six or seven wins
we've had. Jeff Weaver has been involved in the
majority of them. It made sense, I think, to give
him the ball, and Supp played well at Busch
Stadium. That's part of the reason we did that.
Any idea why Jeff is so successful?
TONY LA RUSSA: I don't think it's a big
thing in the sense that that's where the games are
played. When he first got with us, he had a couple
tough games, he got better and better and his
starts were on the road because he pitched last
two games at home, two of the last three were
So it's just -- you're splitting some fine
hairs and that's the way we win it.
Having to have the guy for game five
go on short rest, factor like Weaver on short
rest as opposed to having Sup do that?
TONY LA RUSSA: I actually think that
Sup would be fine on short rest, too. But if it goes
to game five, it would be Jeff.
I don't know, we'll be back on the road.
Has anything changed, any uptakes
with either Hancock or Edmonds in terms of
TONY LA RUSSA: We made clear,
because, like I said, we had to keep some guys off,
so we made clear that we saw Hancock is ready to
go and he's ready to go.
With Jim, he took a shot in his toe. He felt
relief. So I mean, I think an important part of this
series is defending center field at this ballpark. So
we're going to go with Jim and see how he fares.
He's hitting fourth.
Forgive the second-game question,
but when the Padres got Wells, did you see that
as a strong sign for them of their playoff
TONY LA RUSSA: Well, I agree with what
Bruce said. Here's a guy that has a ton of
Experience is a great equalizer. You still
have to have talent. He's got his talent left. So
there won't be anything about that second game
that's going to spook him. And, I mean, he's a
good choice for them.
With Kenny and Thompson, are
these two guys that pitched their way to the
roster not so much the roles they fill, or is it
just the success they've had?
TONY LA RUSSA: I think it was an
important part. Brad has just thrown the ball really
well this whole month, and Josh has -- he started
out pretty good and he's gotten better and better.
I think there's a couple real weapons there
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