An interview with Joe Maddon
Rays skipper talks about Division Series with White Sox
First of all, I guess everybody wants to know what music will you be listening to tomorrow on the way to the ballpark?JOE MADDON: The Stones, "Start It Up." It is The Stones tomorrow. The Stones always get the first game of the big series. Of course, the match up with the White Sox. JOE MADDON: That too, okay. What would you like to know specifically? Just going in there, they have the big hitters and how your pitchers will approach this? JOE MADDON: Well, they're more of a power laden team as you're suggesting right there. They rely on the homerun. Almost 50% of their runs come by the homerun. So you really have to be careful. You have to have a really well laid out plan pitching wise. Of course, pitchers are going to make mistakes, but overall you really want to try to understand the hitters what their strengths are. But regardless of that, I've always wanted our players or pitchers to pitch to our strengths first as opposed to the hitter's weaknesses. So you've got to kind of combine all of that somehow. Again, they're dangerous with the homerun. They're not a big movement team, but they will hit and run on occasion. They have a couple guys that will steal, but primarily they try to hit the ball over the fence, and their ballpark is really conducive to the homerun.
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