And he got ahead, he had command, put guys away. If you make good pitches, you're going to be able to contain them. If you're not, and you're trying to get back into counts, these guys feast off of that.And David Ortiz is probably the leader of that band. He's about as good a mistake hitter as you're going to see in the game today. And you make some good pitches, he still has the ability to square balls up, much like Vlad does. So he's a terrific offensive player. But I think it's the wrong perspective to have that their lineup is just David Ortiz, because it's much broader than that, and that's the dilemma you have when you're facing a lineup that's deep. Not just him, but in terms of for Ortiz, he does seem to rise to the occasion in the playoffs. Do you think there are guys that do that or is that a case of a guy that's good all year just showing it in October? MIKE SCIOSCIA: He's had a pretty terrific season to say he just rises to the occasion. I think he's able to, as we talked about some pitchers where they can slow the game down, he's able in the batter's box to slow some things down and stay within himself. And I think he performs well in any situation. So as far as a clutch hitter late in the game, you're not going to see many guys better than David. I don't think it's a matter of stepping up. I think it's a matter of maintaining your game and not trying to do too much. Not taking yourself out of what you do well. And he does it as well as anybody, and I think that's why he's had success late in games, early in games, whatever the situation. He's very focused. Got a lot of confidence in the batter's box, and he's a tough out. I know you mentioned that it looks a lot worse with Garret, and he said he's able to see the ball. Just wondering if he's definitely starting on Friday, if that's a determination that will be made tomorrow or if there's any question about that? MIKE SCIOSCIA: Unless his left eye looks as bad as his right eye tomorrow, he's starting. We don't anticipate this moving in any direction but the right way. And he'll be in the lineup Friday unless something unforeseen happens. Short of firsthand experience of standing in the box against a pitcher, is video and scouting report enough to leave a team feeling prepared to face a guy like Matsuzaka? MIKE SCIOSCIA: I think it gets you on the right path of maybe what you might expect in the batter's box, but you have to get in there and you have to experience it. There's a lot of knowledge you can draw. You know, all your practice may be on the driving range, until you get out on the golf course you never know how it's going to play. You can watch video all you want, you can take batting practice all you want. You can look at tendencies of a pitcher and examine them. And they'll give you some background information that might make a quicker study when you get in the batter's box, but you're not going to be totally prepared until you experience it and then make your adjustments. I think that's what we'll have to do early and hopefully have more success than we did in yesterday's game. Is Vladdie a possibility for right field? And if so, how would that change your overall lineup? MIKE SCIOSCIA: Right now we have Vlad as a probability to play right field tomorrow. He's going to go through another workout this afternoon, and if everything goes well, he will be playing right field tomorrow and give us a little more options for some batter's box offense. We can talk about manufacturing runs, we can talk about the way we can run the bases, unless you get out of the batter's box and start getting more happening in the batter's box that's not going to play. And you saw how we struggled last night. So we need more in the batter's box, and we'll look at some options. Daisuke throws a lot of sliders, and you have seen a lot of... MIKE SCIOSCIA: He does oh, let me (mimics taking notes) sliders? Keep going, what else? I mean, do you see the similarity in the slider and, obviously you never know before you ever faced him, but after watching the video, do you see the similarities of his slider with other Japanese pitchers? MIKE SCIOSCIA: I think with his velocity and his arm speed, he has a power slider that's different than Shigetoshi Hasegawa. We saw Shiggy and he had a comparable package of a fastball slider, but didn't have the arm speed that Daisuke has to be able to throw that power, slider, cyclone, whatever you want to call it. You know, it's a power pitch, and it's probably a little different than some of the guys you've talked about. And the only way is you got to get in the batter's box and see it. That's what you have to do. And we'll hopefully have a better luck tomorrow than we had last night off Beckett.
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