Dubee Talks Doc
It is no surprise he is as optimistic and upbeat as Halladay, Charlie Manuel and Ruben Amaro Jr.
Here is some of what he said:
Q: What do you make of the results and are you as optimistic as him?
A: What I make of the results is pretty much that whole game. They struck out 16 times and they put nine runs up on us. They hit a couple of mistakes and we paid for it. But as far as Doc’s stuff, I feel very good about it. I think he continues to build. Like I said his last two outings in spring training, he’s starting to build momentum. Is he there yet? No. But I thought his stuff continues to improve. The one thing he’s not doing, he’s not commanding it like he needs to.
Q: Is there an issue with Roy trusting his stuff?
A: I don’t know if it’s an issue of trusting his stuff as much as trying to get to where he understands what his stuff is and how it’s going to play and how he can work off that. It’s still a phase where he’s trying to find out what he’s going to have and what he’s going to be able to do.
You talk about he got nine out of 10 outs with strikeouts. They got six hits, two of them were home runs, the other four weren’t hit very good at all. Broken bat by (Freddie) Freeman in the first, a jam shot by (Juan) Francisco in the first, a jam shot by Freeman and then (Andrelton) Simmons’ base hit in the fourth. That’s all encouraging to me. He’s still got swing-and-miss stuff and he’s got to find a way and we have to find a way to be a little more aggressive and get quicker outs.
Q: He said he can let his fastball loose, but he then threw mostly offspeed stuff deep in the count. Why?
A: Hitters will dictate a lot of time, too. If they’re still charging fastballs and you’re getting some of the swings you’re getting off breaking balls and splits, why wouldn’t you throw it?
Q: So he’s not afraid to let sinker or cutter go?
A: I don’t think so, no.
Q: What’s taken so long for it all to click for him then?
A: Bad habits. Bad habits that he acquired when he was hurt. This was a guy who did something as consistently as you could possibly do it for years.
Q: Bad habits in his delivery?
A: Yes, bad habits to get the ball to the plate last year, trying to work through some of the health issues. And I’m a big believer that the more you do something wrong, the more it becomes ingrained. If you do it wrong and you do it wrong and you do it wrong, it takes time to get that feeling out of your body ad get the right feeling back in it.
Q: What is the bad habit? Arm path?
A: He lost direction a little bit in his front side, and of course his arm slot got lower.
Q: Do you think he’s capable of rediscovering old mechanics even with some of the wear and tear maybe he’s sustained?
A: Absolutely. I think, again, over the last 3 outings I’ve been encouraged each time out. I think he’s building and he continues to build.
Q: You say you’ve seen progressions, but when do you need to see results?
A: I think I’m starting to see some results. You think I’m going to take the ball away from this guy? Jesus Christ, you’re talking about a two-time Cy Young Award winner. What do you think, we’re going to put him in the bullpen? I’m seeing results. I’m seeing nine strikeouts out of 10 outs last night. Do you see many other guys doing that in baseball. Yu Darvish against the Astros. Yu Darvish wasn’t facing the Atlanta Braves.
Q: He was asked last night if he understood the concern about him. He said, ‘Write whatever you want to write.’ But do you understand the skepticism? He hasn’t had results in more than a year.
A: Nobody has our patience either, probably. I’ve always said when you judge players, you go off their track records. And who has a longer, better track record than this guy? I mean, who does? And not only track record as far as being a quality pitcher, but as far as being a quality person with credentials that are out of this world.