ATLANTA, GA - MAY 19: Gerald Laird #11 of the Atlanta Braves hits a pinch hit single in the eighth inning to knock in the game-tying run against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field on May 19, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
You just can't ask them to do too much ... You've got to bring them along slow and let them get their confidence. Then you gradually ask for a little bit more every time you go out.
You just try to stick with their strengths ... When you've got young guys out there, you can't ask them to make pitches they're not used to making. You can't go ask them to throw 2-0 breaking balls or changeups for strikes. If he's going good that day, I'll go with his slider. But I'm going to go with the pitch I know he can get ahead with and then I can move around.
He's getting more and more confidence in that sinker, and that's the pitch that's taken him to the next level ... He's just hitting his location and trusting his pitches and that's all that matters. He's throwing strikes and doing a good job.More quotes »
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