What kind of explanation did you get on what you thought was a
JOE MADDON: Tibbie told me that he had stepped a bit towards
first base, and my response was that may be true, but he also stepped
towards home plate. And I thought it was clearly a balk, and obviously you
can't argue a balk.You get kicked out arguing a balk. What I did was even
inappropriate. I had to take that chance right there, because I was adamant
that I thought he had balked.
To what extent did you think it was an issue not just the walks, but also
the deep counts? Seemed like Scott had to really work hard. They didn't really
capitalize but it seemed like there was a lot of hard work for him.
JOE MADDON: I thought Kaz did a really good job. That was
probably the best command he had in a while. They had some hits, they were
pretty good with two strikes. The thing I noticed about them today, having
seen them for the very first time, is they're really fundamental, and I thought
they had some really good two strike at bat. Little softies, use the opposite
field, which is good. Good stuff.
I really thought Kaz pitched great. I was pleased I thought he had probably
the best slider he's had for a couple of months. Velocity, maybe not throwing
mid 90s, but much better command of low 90s, which I would prefer anyhow.
I though they did a good job of their at bats, but I thought Kaz was really good
A lot of people pitch around Howard a lot this year, but Utley puts up
some of the better numbers in the big leagues, too. Is he nearly as dangerous
as Howard is?
JOE MADDON: If you look at the overall breakdown, he hits
righties and lefties pretty much the same. Coming into the series, I go off what
I read and off the video. I don't see them enough to have a strong opinion.
Howard can put them in the stands and so can Utley. He's got a good
approach. The way they ran the bases was excellent. I thought they played
the game properly, and I liked that. So they're both very good. Pick your
I mean, Utley had a pretty good day today, but I was asked the same question
last series when Papi was struggling. You don't trust those guys. They could
pop up at any time.
How big was Hamels' change up and did he throw more than you
JOE MADDON: His change up was very good. It's so good because
the arm stroke really resembles his fastball. He repeats his delivery well,
regardless of the pitch that he's thrown. So it was as good. The number does
not surprise me, because this guy could -- from what I saw tonight, this guy
could basically choose how he wants to break down his pitch selection, regards
to percentages. His command of all his pitches were that good. When you have
that kind of good command, you can pick and choose. Even his breaking ball
command today was better, compared to what I had seen video wise.
He was on top of his game. He's a very impressive young man. But with the
overall break -- the thing was he didn't make any mistakes. He didn't have
any hanging change ups, they were where he wanted to throw them. More
power to him, he had a great game.
How do you compare Hamels to guys in the American League,
particularly Lester who did a pretty good job again in the last series, but now
you lose to him today?
JOE MADDON: I think they're similar, but then again they're
different. Lester is more what you would call -- Hamels has a power change
up. And I truly believe in the concept of the power change up. I've thought
about that for years, and he's got a power change up. Lester throws harder.
Lester will cut the ball in your hands. Hamels gets in, but it's not a cutter.
You're talking about a guy like Lester, probably a bigger breaking ball that he
throws more often with cut action on the fastball. Hamels is probably the best
change up, one of the best change ups in all of baseball. You look at Santana or
whatever, but this guy is really good. Plus you have to factor in the command.
He was very impressive tonight. Lester, they're similar but they're different.
And even Danks, I'm a big Danks fan.
It was early in the fourth, did you seriously consider bringing the infield
in there or was that not a ...
JOE MADDON: They're second and third, that makes a difference.
If there's a runner on third base, only I would have brought the infield in.
When you have two runners that out there could potentially score if the infield
is drawn in, you don't like that nearly as much.
So I mean, it definitely would have been in had there been a runner on third
base only. Once you get second and third, and you draw it in, the potential for
two runs scoring is not nearly attractive.
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