ATLANTA – Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said he’s unconcerned that Framber Valdez will face the same opponent, the Atlanta Braves, in the World Series for the second time in less than a week.
Baker confirmed that the starter for Game 5 this Sunday will be Valdez, who pitched in the series opener inconsistently: two innings with eight hits, including two home runs, and five runs.
“You are going to have to face the same opponent during your career,” Baker told a news conference. “Keep in mind that Framber has only been in the Major Leagues for a year and a half. How many pitchers have pitched for the second time in the World Series in just a year and a half in the Major Leagues?”
“I would like to think that he is an experienced young man,” he added. “But with youth, you are always going to be somewhat inconsistent in your performance. When you are young and you are doing well, you are a boom, when you are doing badly, the world is on fire. It is easy to accept good times, but it is an experience of life accept the lows “.
THIS HAS BEEN THE POST-SEASON OF VALDEZ
In the Division Series, he pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and four runs. He then returned to pitch in the first of the Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox with just 2 2/3 innings of 6 hits and 3 runs.
But in his second appearance against Boston he pitched eight innings with a 3-hitter ball and a touchdown with just 93 pitches.
“I can’t get caught up in the bad things that happened in the last outing,” Valdez said. “I had already been through this going wrong and came back more focused, making adjustments. So I did last time. I will make those same adjustments, especially trying to stay down in the zone. That’s the most important thing I want to focus on.” .
“You can’t pay too much attention to negative things,” he added. “You have to move on to the next page. Make those little adjustments and be ready to have exic in the next opening.”
BATEA GREINKE EIGHTH
Astros manager Dusty Baker explained that he placed starter Zack Greinke eighth in the order this Sunday because he is capable of hitting and that he can have a player in every inning for at least two, without having to burn pinch hitters early in the game. play or take out the pitcher.
“Also, as the game progresses, and I might have to pinch hit there, if Maldy (Martín Maldonado) was there and I had to hit for him and the pitcher like I did last night, I would burn two or more.” added. “So if you can use a guy in that place, then I hope he comes out, and then he can leave Maldy in the game without having to go to my bench.”
Greinke singled in his first at-bat and reached second on a Maldonado hit, but he stayed there because Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley were out.
UNPLEASED UNIVERSAL DESIGNATED BATTER BAKER
Dusty Baker is one of the opponents that starting next year the designated hitter is used in both leagues because he believes that it is an interesting part, that requires strategy and difference in baseball.
“I remember in the beginning when the designated hitter came into the league, it was basically for a lot of old players like Rico Carty, Orlando Cepeda, old guys who could hit the ball,” Baker said. “But because of their knees or whatever, they couldn’t play a position anymore.”
“There are many more things than just hitting, if you want to be a true ballplayer,” he said.