JIM LEYLAND: No, not really. We think
that this is the way -- with Sean, for sure, because
with the weather situation it's going to be really
cold tonight and everything, we just decided not to
take a chance on doing that. And obviously did we
think about it? Yes, but are we going to go that
way? No, because we're a little nervous about that
situation, and he's going to have to play first base
in St. Louis, so we're going to have to take our
chances that way.
Your hitters seemed a lot more
patient in the first two rounds, last night they
swung early in the count, and Reyes had a low
pitch count because of that. Was that
anxiousness from being off so long?
JIM LEYLAND: I think we didn't work the
pitcher quite as much, but it wasn't like that we
chased a lot of bad, bad balls. It wasn't like we
were swinging at anything. Most of the stuff was
around the plate. A couple of guys swung at
pitches off the plate in, but it wasn't like we were
chasing drastically bad pitches, we just, for
whatever reason, we just didn't center the ball.
We have no excuses about the off time.
Did we look like a team that hadn't played for
seven or eight days last night? Yes, we did. Is
that going to be an excuse at any point? No, it's
You were in a situation where you
were able to use a lot of your relievers last
night, your front-line guys. You did not use
Zumaya. How much of that is you're worried
about him being available only once?
JIM LEYLAND: It had nothing to do with
that. I figured I'd get that question asked. We felt
like we might have to use him two innings tonight.
The reason I mentioned that last night, you do
things a little different with your pitching in a
situation like last night, simply for the reason that
not only have we not played for seven or eight
days, but some of these guys hadn't pitched for
nine days or ten days. We had to get them out to
Normally I wouldn't have made the move
with Jones, he's the closer. Hopefully we'll have
one to close tonight, that's the reason I brought
Walker in with two outs. I normally don't do that
stuff, but because of the situation I had to. They
haven't been out there for a long time.
You have advance scouting, and
you have video to watch the Cardinals, how
much can you learn about them and their
lineup in one game like last night?
JIM LEYLAND: Well, I don't know. One
of the big things with advance scouting is who is
hot and who is not. It may be a great hitter that
may not be particularly hot at the time, and
somebody else is particularly hot. You get a feel
for that, and you get a feel for your matchups
you've had with them in the past, and kind of
basically use your gut instinct on that. That's pretty
much the only way you can do it. It's not foolproof.
Q. Last night you took the blame
yourself for pitching to Pujols with first base
open. Were you surprised at the reaction to
that or does that come with the decision? And
did you play it over in your mind throughout
the evening afterward?
JIM LEYLAND: It's the third inning of the
ballgame, and to me, if he gets a base hit there, it's
two to one. You have to hit one out, which he
obviously did. That wasn't supposed to happen.
But like I said, I'll take responsibility for that,
because if there's any question you can do, that
you can or can't do what we were trying to do, then
you put him off, if you put him on, if that's the way
you feel. In the third inning of the ballgame, we
struck him out the first time up. We thought if we
did what we were trying to do, and if we walked
him that would be okay. And if we could get him
maybe to expand and make an out, that would be
better. Obviously that didn't happen. But that falls
on my shoulders.
I have no problem with Justin Verlander in
that situation. The manager takes that
responsibility. I take it and I accept it and it's one
of those things where people can have a field day
with and go for it. I understand that. That's just
part of the business.
Can you talk about your ballclub
being resilient all year long, and talk about
being resilient tonight being down 1-0 tonight.
JIM LEYLAND: Well, you know, I think
one of the points that I like to make is I don't know
how this is going to turn out tonight, but one thing
you've got to remember, we got beat by the New
York Yankees in the first game, and we won seven
straight playoff games. That's not easy to do.
You're not probably going to continue to roll
through playoffs with that kind of pace. That's
pretty tough to do. We lost a ballgame last night
after winning seven in a row in postseason. We're
not going to roll over and play dead, obviously.
And we're going to play this thing out. I wish we
were a little sharper.
Obviously, like I said, we looked like a
team that hadn't played for a while. Once again
that's not an excuse, that's just a fact. But what we
did before was a pretty good accomplishment.
Seven straight after a loss to the Yankees, and the
Yankees beat us up pretty good in the first game.
But you have to execute, you have to make
pitches, and you have to get some timely hits. And
you have to decide whether or not you want to
pitch to Pujols.
If that Pujols situation arises again,
Rogers being a lefty, Edmonds probably hitting
behind him, does your thinking change at all?
JIM LEYLAND: Well, first of all, Edmonds
isn't hitting behind him. But it's a little different with
your pitcher. But Kenny might be one of those
guys that can expand. If there's any question at
all, I think with Kenny we might be able to get away
with it a little bit more. But if I feel that there's any
question, I've already talked to the pitching coach
about -- I want the responsibility.
We had a plan, and we didn't execute the
plan. But that ultimately falls on my shoulders. I'm
not going to sit up here today and change my
opinion. I will take full responsibility. So we'll play
that by ear and see what happens. But like I said,
in the third inning of the game, you struck the guy
out the first time up.
I don't necessarily agree with what
everybody says that it was a terrible move. I
mean, that's just my opinion.
What was the explanation you were
given on the interference call to Inge on that?
JIM LEYLAND: First of all, it's not
interference, it's obstruction, and the call was right.
What I was trying to get out of him is that the play
had just been made and he was still finishing the
act of making the play, because if a fielder is
making a play and a runner runs into him, it's
interference. If the fielder hinders the progress of a
runner, after making the play, it's called
obstruction. And the umpire had the call right.
The only thing that I was questioning was
Inge had his back to him, just after having made
the play. Had Inge been facing him in a rundown
situation where he bumped him or hinders his
progress, that's one thing. But the umpire had the
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