WILLIE RANDOLPH: I just feel he's a part
of our team and he's done a great job. Why not?
I'm not mad at him, anything like that.
Maybe it would have been Cliff if he
didn't have the home run yesterday?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: No, not necessarily.
Are you committed to Endy playing
Game 2 no matter what?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: I thought about it
last night. Like I've done all year, I've always gone
with the way I feel. You know, with the lineup,
what we have pitching maybe, all that kind of stuff.
I mean, it's not rocket science. It's just
basically I feel like when you have that on your
team, that contributor play well, you sometimes
feel like this is the best matchup or the best feel for
the game that particular day. That's why I made
that decision. Very simple for me.
Sorry I didn't give you a better explanation
but, you know, that's, you know, as cut and dried
as you make it.
How impressed were you with Kuo
last month, and what, if anything, did you pick
up from what you saw in that outing from him?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Well, you know, we
heard a little bit about him coming in. Obviously,
he hadn't started too often. He was impressive.
He had good arm strength. He came at us. It was
pretty much an easy outing for him. He just kind of
mowed through us pretty good. We have to make
some adjustments tonight and hopefully make him
pitch more. They said he was a little bit erratic with
his control. I think we're the only team he's pitched
relatively well against. He's 1-5, something like
that. But he's got a great arm. Slider is pretty
tough. Velocity is up for a left-hander. He's pretty
funky, but we have to have a different approach on
him tonight and hopefully he won't pitch as well.
Is that to say you were less patient
with him than you'd like to be?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Maybe a little bit.
Sometimes when you haven't seen a guy, you see
him for the first time, you might have a tendency to
be a little overly aggressive. His ball had good
movement on it. So it's deceptive sometimes
when you see a guy for the first time you might not
know the movement. Once we've seen him,
watched some film on him, hopefully we can be
more patient on him. He's one of those what I call
effectively erratic. Seems like he's out of the zone,
but the time you're waiting to be patient is when he
throws it right down the middle.
Just have to square him up and take better
swings against him.
Talk about Jose Reyes, what he
means to the top of the order and how he's
matured as a leadoff hitter.
WILLIE RANDOLPH: He makes us go.
No secret about that. He's been doing it all year
long. Gets on base, starts to move. He's gotten
better and better understanding what we want him
to do as far as setting the tempo, the tone for us.
He's had a phenomenal year. He's just getting
better and better. He's driven in some big runs for
us, even hit for a little power. He's growing, getting
better. Kind of player you feel real good about
because he's young and you know he's gonna be
around for a long time.
He's our igniter. He gets us going.
What does a guy like Billy Wagner
bring to your team?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: I heard you. Still
sounds the same.
He's our closer, man. I mean, you know,
jeez, when you have a guy who comes in and, you
know, sometimes he'll make it interesting, like most
closers do, but he has the capability to strike you
out, miss bats. That's what you want from your
closer, to be able to come in and dominate,
dominate an opponent. Obviously when he started
to settle down a little bit as the season went on, he
got into a nice little rhythm. You could see him
gain more and more confidence. Kind of what
Carlos might have went through last year when he
first came in, settle into a new environment, get
comfortable in your surroundings. I felt like after
he got his 300th save, he kind of exhaled and
relaxed a little bit more.
You know at the end of the game you feel
good about giving him the ball. You know, we'll do
it every time.
You went with Guillermo Mota for
two innings yesterday. Do you have the same
kind of confidence in some of your other
pitchers in that pen like specifically Chad
Bradford? If you needed him for two innings,
would you be able to go to him for two
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Ideally, you don't
want to go two with Chad unless there's a lot of
righties lined up, you know. He's done it a little bit
this year. The flexibility in our bullpen is such that
we have guys that can do that. Aaron can do it.
You maybe don't want to stretch Bert to do it but
we have that flexibility.
So Mota is a guy that, again, you want to
stay away from that if you can, if they've rested, if
you have time to get him going, then you do that.
It's nice to be able to have guys you can do that
with or whatever.
But Chad and Feliciano and Mota are guys
that if you can, you want to keep them into one.
But this is a time when you can't think about
tomorrow and worry about how tired guys are.
Everyone's ready and healthy, so we're gonna go
to our horses.
You've been a player and coach,
what's the difference as far as the pressure
goes going into Game 2?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: The difference in the
pressure going into tonight's game?
Yes. You've been down as a coach
one game to nothing, up as a player one game
WILLIE RANDOLPH: I don't look at it like
that. There's no more pressure. Just one game,
we want to win the game. Obviously, we're one
up, but my approach and my feeling going into the
game is pretty much the same. Even if we were
down 0-1 it would be, again, to me, the same. You
have to win a game and continue to move forward.
Three out of five, and ultimately we want to win ten
more games total.
So you feel, you know, excited, anxious.
Pressure, maybe that's a different word for me. I
don't really feel that.
Have you announced your starters
for Game 3, 4? Have you decided on that yet?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: No, not yet. Not yet.
Are you leaning towards one --
WILLIE RANDOLPH: As I said yesterday,
it might be either Trachsel or Oliver Perez. If one
goes Saturday, he'll go Sunday. We'll flip-flop
Is that contingent in any way on the
WILLIE RANDOLPH: It could factor it in.
We'll see where we are at the end of the game.
You know, Steve has been getting some work in.
I'll talk to him, see how he feels physically. He was
away for a couple days taking care of some family
problems. That's factoring in, also.
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