BOSTON – Álex Verdugo has always been considered a great prospect, who little by little has become a reality with the glove and the wood.
The Mexican American outfielder has shown that he has a Gold Glove caliber defense and that he can produce and score runs.
But in the championship series, Verdugo shows his maturity, discipline and patience in the batter’s box.
On Monday, Verdugo rallied from a 0-2 count for nine pitches after getting a walk from Houston Astros starter Jose Urquidy, which three pitches later became the game’s first run, en route to beating with which their Red Sox defeated the Astros 12-3 in Game 3 of the series.
“I was joking with Alex the other day that the last time he walked it seemed like it was like four months ago,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “He had been hitting hits and hitting right-handed pitchers, but he hadn’t had any walks. But this is part of what he can do, get on base anyway. “
“You can always count on Alex to get the job done,” he added.
Verdugo considered that everything is part of the maturing process as a player and the confidence that they create over time.
“Sometimes you have to be patient and disciplined,” Verdugo said. “It’s not always about hitting home runs.”
On Tuesday, Verdugo opened Game 4 of the series with two walks.
BAKER SAYS THAT IT IS AN OLD MANAGER
Dusty Baker acknowledged that he was an old-fashioned traditional manager and that the new situations or teasing between players during games, in conjunction with the traditional “unwritten rules” of baseball, no longer applied to many, but to him they did.
The Astros manager responded that he does not agree with the taunts among players, referring to the fact that the Red Sox starter, Eduardo Rodríguez, made a sign to his wrist and said “it’s my team” when he struck out Carlos Correa. in the third game of the series.
That was a clear allusion to Correa making the same sign and saying “it’s my time” when he hit the winning homer in Game 1.
“My opinion is past,” said Baker, 72. “Things that happen today that both parties do, I mean, in my day you probably would have been pushing daisies somewhere, you know what I mean? It is a new world, a new day ”.
But what is my opinion? It is too late for me to change the world ”.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora acknowledged that he had not liked the attitude of Rodriguez, who drew attention Monday night.
REPLACING LAST MINUTE MEYERS
Astros manager Baker had included starting center fielder Jake Meyers in the original lineup for the first time in the Championship Series, but changed his mind and started Chas McCormick.
Baker said they just thought Meyers wasn’t ready, who hurt his right shoulder in a wall hit in center field during the division series against the Chicago White Sox.
Baker said they will evaluate whether Meyers plays Game 4 of the Championship Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday.