JIM LEYLAND: Rodney has been great.
He actually started out the season as our closer
because Jonesy was on the shelf, and he did a
tremendous job. Relief pitchers are -- they live in a
little bit of a strange world because they do a great
job 15 out of 16 times and they have one bad
outing or two bad outings, and everybody sends a
red flag up.
It's just not fair. They're not going to be
perfect every time, but he's been fantastic for us,
done a great job.
For Infante, is that just another
inkling you have? Is that a feeling?
JIM LEYLAND: No, but he's 1 for 3 with
two walks. I want to have Gomez over there
possibly to pinch-hit for Santiago late in the game if
I need that. I'll have Thames over there, also. It's
not -- there's really not much of a track record
obviously when you see 1 for 3 with two walks, but
I think Omar is a real good hitter. He's probably a
better match-up for this guy, but I don't know how
that's going to turn out. And I like the fact that
Omar can sit for a few days and still get a base hit
off a good pitcher.
We were talking out there about
your team being a pretty free-swinging team
most of the year and being disciplined. As the
manager, what's the line between I want these
guys to be more patient, they are what they are,
and I don't want to get in the way of how they
usually hit? What's the fine line?
JIM LEYLAND: I think that's a great
question. I'm not really sure I know the answer.
Like I said the other day, we kind of contradict
ourselves. We want to be aggressive but we want
to be patient. If you're going to be aggressive
you're going to swing at some bad balls.
I think if you have a game plan, what
you're going to do at the plate -- I think if you're
pulling off that's one thing. If you're swinging at
bad pitches, that's another thing. There's so many
things involved in that.
So far our approach has been real good. I
think we've grown leaps and bounds in the last
couple weeks as far as our discipline at the plate,
but you never know. A lot of times it depends on
the pitcher's stuff. If somebody is obviously pretty
nasty that day, obviously you're going to swing at
more bad pitches.
How important is it for you guys to
take this one and not give Oakland any life in
JIM LEYLAND: Well, I don't think it's -- I
don't really think about stuff like that. I think that
Oakland has life in this series. They're here for a
reason. They're a real good road team.
I don't really -- if we win this game, I'm not
going to be jumping up and down, and if we lose it
I'm not going to be pouting. That's just the way it
is. Somebody has to win four games. Oakland is
very capable of winning four games in this series,
and so are we. So we just play it and find out how
it turns out.
Again, for Santiago and for Infante,
at what point did you tell them they were going
to play? Same as Gomez in the lobby, or when
did they know they were going to play?
JIM LEYLAND: I told both of them
yesterday. I told Infante he was DH and I told
Santi he was playing short.
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