JIM LEYLAND: On his performance
overall, I thought he was very tentative. He really
didn't attack them early. And I think when he
realized that he felt okay that he got actually a little
bit better. But I think he felt his way a little bit too
much early. He did not attack them, and that was
kind of disappointing. But I think as he went on, he
actually got a little bit better.
There seemed to be indications
before the game that you were not going to
pitch to Albert Pujols, can you talk about the
home run pitch and how that ball sort of ended
up where it was.
JIM LEYLAND: I could go into a lot of
detail about that, but I'll leave it at this: The
manager's decision is either to pitch to him or walk
him. I pitched to him and obviously he burned us.
I'm not going to get into a lot of explanation about
what the thinking was. But I take the bullet there
and if somebody gives criticism you accept it,
because it's ultimately my decision. I'll leave it at
that and I'll take the heat for that. But that's just
the way we went about it, obviously that's not the
way it was supposed to be, but that's fine.
Jim, a week off is good for a football
team, but a baseball team can get a little stale
or flat, do you think your team was that
JIM LEYLAND: I just think you give the
other team credit. I thought Reyes pitched great. I
don't know, I said before that whether we won or
lost this series, we're not going to have a copout if
we lost it, well, we were stale. And if we won it,
well, it was great because we got healthy with the
Obviously I did some things with the
pitching tonight you don't normally do, but we have
been off seven or eight days, some of those guys
10 or 11 days. So that's why I won't walk him.
Normally I wouldn't do that, but we had to get our
guys out to the mound tonight.
Can you go into your decision on
how you wind up the rotation. It's a little
different from the World Series, than the last
two rounds, and with Verlander losing, how it
lays out for the rest of the series?
JIM LEYLAND: I feel comfortable with
Justin. We made a decision that if we played the
Cardinals, Justin would start it, Kenny would be in
spot 2. And the reason, we want Kenny to pitch
both games at home. I feel comfortable with
Verlander, Robertson third, Bonderman fourth.
Had we played the Mets, we were going to start
Robertson and follow him with Rogers and throw
Verlander the third game, but with the Cardinals,
we decided to go with Verlander the first game.
Jim, do you think whether you had
the week off had anything to do with it or not?
The offense was overaggressive. Reyes had
four innings where he had seven or eight
JIM LEYLAND: Well, I think we got in a
little funk when we got behind that we were going
to hit a quick home run. And usually when you get
behind in a game like that, you see popups right off
the bat, that means you're going to get a fastball
and you get it, and you're maybe trying to hit one
out of the ballpark, and you pop one out.
He pitched very good. And we just didn't --
my decision not to walk Pujols obviously turned out
not to be a good decision. And we didn't play well.
We didn't swing the bats well. And overall we just
didn't give a good performance. And I thought
Justin being a little tentative early was also another
thing we didn't do well. We're all in this together.
It's Game 1 and we'll come back tomorrow and
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