He's been as solid as you would want in September and in these playoffs
and I think his confidence is probably as high as I've ever seen it.
How hard is it for Jamie Moyer to do what he does at this age and
with that fastball and what kind of mentality does that take to pitch with
that stuff, with a fastball that's lower than so many?
RICH DUBEE: Well, physically, the one thing about Jamie is
he's probably as well prepared as any guy I've ever seen. I don't know
that most of our young guys can do what he does in between starts. He's
got a tremendous program.
He's very religious about doing it. He stays on task all the time. And he's
pitched with this stuff for a long time. So not having 93, 95 miles an hour
doesn't faze him. He understands control and bat speed and control in
hitters' aggressiveness. He's been fabulous in changing speeds and
mixing all his stuff and commanding all his stuff.
He just finds a way to adjust to hitters to their approach. If his approach
the first time through isn't working, he'll go to a different approach. He
never panics. And he's been just a tremendous guy to have around.
His work ethic, his professionalism, he provides a lot of leadership, not
only when he pitches but when he's not playing the game. He really
doesn't take a day off. He doesn't take a pitch off. He's a tremendous
student of the game and always trying to help out in some area.
How important was it for your bullpen to get some work yesterday
including especially Durbin, who has struggled in his previous outing but
really hasn't been used as much, a lot because you've had a couple of
days off and you've gotten a lot of innings, how important was it for him
and the entire bullpen to get enough work yesterday?
RICH DUBEE: They've had some rest which was probably
desperately needed because they've been worked pretty hard down the
stretch. But at the same time they need to get their mound time. They
need to face hitters.
And three-run lead was comfortable enough instead of a one run lead, of
course. But it was big to get them out there in a situation where the
stadium was loud so they get acclimated to that environment.
And, again, our bullpen has done a fabulous job for us, and we're well
rested. So we feel very good about them. And, again, most of them are
running with a lot of confidence right now.
How does the approach of your pitching staff change from Citizens
Bank Park to Dodger Stadium?
RICH DUBEE: You don't. We feel like we're going to be
aggressive in every stadium we go into. It's no secret pitching ahead in
the count is very, very key. And I think our guys have done a good job of
that this year. And the only thing maybe a little bit different here is it
allows you to make a few more mistakes and maybe get away with
them. But our approach will be the same.
Jamie is going to again try to throw strike one to get ahead in the count
and try to expand the zone like any pitcher does when he does get ahead
in the count. So our approach won't change any.
When you see guys like Jamie and Greg Maddux pitching well into
their 40s, how do you think they're able to do that with so many
younger guys throwing so much harder than they are?
RICH DUBEE: Well, I mean, they're good students of the
game. They came up when throwing was a thing you did. I don't think
people throw enough nowadays. And Jamie is an old school guy. He
throws a tremendous amount in between starts so his arm is always
working. He's always looking to gain some type of advantage. He'll make
adjustments during his side work to try to look for an advantage of
something that will help him. And, again, I think they're just baseball
people that over time have learned to make adjustments and persevere
up here, and that's what it takes.
You can come up here as a young kid and pitch good for a year or two,
but the more you get out on tape and the more hitters see you, you've
got to be able to change a little bit. And I think Greg and I think Jamie,
especially, have learned to adjust to hitters and make the changes and
the adjustments that they need to again have tremendous careers and
pitch for a long time.
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