BRUCE BOCHY: Yeah, Walker at second
base, Bard is behind the plate. Those are the
lineup changes. Walker being three hole, and
Gonzales in four hole. And Bard and you've got
Cameron. Branyan and Blum.
Bruce, I don't know how much you
were able to see this Cardinal team this
summer on TV when they weren't quite hole,
how much does it make for that team
defensively with all their guys when they have
Edmonds and Eckstein at shortstop and up the
BRUCE BOCHY: No question they're a
different club. They've got their starters out there,
guys that played both sides of the ball so well. I'm
sure it gave them a sense of confidence to have
those guys out there. You're talking about the lead
off hitter the catalyst, one of the best center fielders
in the game, also a guy that provides a lot of punch
So you know that makes them a different
club. Any time you have injuries, you lose your
core players, it's going to affect the club.
The key is hopefully the guys that come off
the bench fill in and that's happened for us, for
example, with Blum there. And so it's a different
team. It's a very good ball club. Much better than
what their record shows because they had to deal
with those major injuries.
Boch, what went into your thinking
on Walker and Bard, match or --
BRUCE BOCHY: Probably matchups as
much as anything. I think Walker, he's faced
Weaver a lot more than Barfield, so that's the
thinking more than anything.
Both of them are very good players. Good
hitters. I just went with the matchup today.
Considering the importance of this
game, how long can you go with a starting
pitcher if he's struggling?
BRUCE BOCHY: How long, I mean it's
hard to quantify that. But you know we're finding
the bullpen, and something happens to Boomer or
he's really struggling, I'm going to have to make a
change. Hopefully that's not the case. But you
know we know this is a very important ball game
and we need to stay in the game and if it looks like
Boomer for some reason has to come out, then
you know I think we're covered in the bullpen.
Guys are fresh. Hensley pitched long or middle
relief, so we're fine there.
Looks like today you have eight
left-handed hitters in the lineup, have you ever
had nine in a game?
BRUCE BOCHY: I don't think so. You
know because Barfield has been out there for the
most part every day, but no I've never had nine.
You know Bard being a switch hitter but we do
have some right-handed bats that we can use off
the bench today. It's a nice luxury to have and but
there has been numerous cases where we've had
seven lefties out there, counting Boomer, but I
don't know if he counts.
Can you talk about the difference having a
healthy Trevor Hoffman for you guys and describe
a little bit what kind of season they had for you this
BRUCE BOCHY: One year I had to deal
without Trevor Hoffman, I had a lot of fun. It's
probably our toughest year. You know you don't
ever take Trevor for granted, but when you don't
have them you realize what you do have.
I've said this many times: I consider
myself very fortunate to have had Trevor Hoffman
as my closer since I've been managing. So having
a healthy Trevor does a lot for the ball club.
Number one, it gives you an elite closer who is
going to go down as one of the best closers of all
time and what that does is give the team a sense
of confidence and also puts the other guys in the
role that you think they should be in. But Trevor's,
he's saved us so many times not to plan on that,
but when you have a game on the line, you want
your best out there. And you want one of the best
ever out there, and that's who Trevor is.
Courtesy of FastScripts by ASAP Sports. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.