Duchscherer had pitched so well
against Minnesota. Do you know how this
KEN MACHA: I do not. I couldn't answer
that question. That's something for our training
As a matter of fact, he pitched two innings
and then two innings, and the pitch count was
incredibly low. I mean, it was like 21 pitches, 23
pitches, something like that. He pitched extremely
effectively in both of those outings.
How would you evaluate Nick
Swisher's performance offensively so far? Is
he pressing or what would you say?
KEN MACHA: Maybe he's trying to do too
much. He's just a young guy, second year in the
league. The other thing is their pitchers are pretty
good. You can't totally put your finger on one thing
exactly. I was going out to eat last night and he
was standing on the corner on the cell phone, and
I said, Nick singles are okay, Nick, singles
The closer role is generally one that
goes to a pitcher who's been around a while,
maybe he's had some ups and downs in
baseball. What told all of you that Huston
Street would be good in that role?
KEN MACHA: Well, I know Billy has been
a big fan of him the entire time. Early in the
season last year when we had Dotel here and he
situations, Billy was pretty adamant about his
evaluation of Street and his ability to be able to go
out there and get the last three outs.
I think most of the baseball people realize
that that's not an easy job, and it takes a certain
amount of makeup for this individual to go do that.
Huston has done very well. I mean, this
year he's got a bunch of saves, some of them are
tough saves. If you've followed our team, we really
play a lot of tight games. We don't get many
opportunities to save a game when we've got a
That being said, he's pitched two years,
and I believe he's still learning how to do his job. I
think there's going to be a lot of upside with him.
Hopefully we'll get an entire Spring Training to
work with him next year to tune up his game for
various hitters that he has problems with.
But the makeup that he does have, he's
got no fear, he comes in, and he's never rattled.
He's gotten a lot of big outs and made a lot of
saves for us. A second-year player pitching for a
team that competed for the Pennant two years in a
row is pretty darn impressive.
How do you think the extra rest will
affect Haren going into tomorrow's start?
KEN MACHA: I don't see that being a
problem. You know, he's got plenty of work on the
side. He came out here yesterday, chipped off the
ice and made some pitches in the bullpen. I think
he'll be fine.
Speaking of ice, how do you think
the weather will impact the game tonight?
KEN MACHA: Sometimes you've got to
be mentally strong to put everything aside, go out
there and play. I don't think there's going to be a
problem with anybody's adrenaline flow.
Somebody asked me about Game One, us having
a layoff, how that would affect you.
So playoffs, this is an opportunity of a
lifetime and nothing should affect you, so go out
there and focus on what you need to do and forget
about the elements.
How would you describe Haren's
KEN MACHA: He's had an up-and-down
kind of year. He came into a meeting one day --
we were going over a club, and I forgot which one
it was and just looking at the match-ups that he
So we'd look at that past history and see
where the pitches were and who hit what and
whatever and try and make an adjustment. And I
said to him that day, I said, These match-ups aren't
very good. But the thing with you is if you are
making your pitches, it doesn't matter what your
match-ups are. So if he's in his delivery and he's
putting the ball where he wants to, he's got good
enough stuff that he's going to get them out.
That night he went out and pitched a very
good game against a team that normally hits them.
Probably, here again, youth. This is the second
year he's started in the major leagues and he's still
learning his delivery and how to stay in it and how
to make his pitches. This is another young guy
learning how to pitch in the Major Leagues.
He also has a bunch of upsides. Generally
speaking, when you talk about young pitchers, you
always talk about the ups and downs that they
have, and he's not any different than any of the
Do you have any stories about
playing in the snow maybe from when you were
KEN MACHA: I was thinking about that.
In Toronto we started a game, it was zero Celsius
up there one day. That stadium, exhibition
stadium, is right on the lake, so the wind was
blowing off the lake. I was in the bullpen so I froze
that day. Playing in the Minor Leagues a little
closer here to Detroit was Toledo, and we were
playing at their stadium there. We had a 55-gallon
drum that they had cut open and put a bunch of
vents in them and they had stuck firewood in there.
We had that burning in the dugout. That was a
game in April in Toledo, so I'm well aware of how
cold it gets in this area.
There were about 20 people in the stands
that day and there was no adrenaline flow. So
yeah, the concern about the weather was there.
Don't hit one on the end of the bat; that's the worst.
You can get jammed and your hands will hurt. But
if you hit one on the end, it's worse.
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