Right now he does appear to have more of that deep-rooted determination and desire to get guys out.
And, perhaps most importantly, he truly believes he will make his pitches and get them out. He's not afraid to fail, and he's not afraid to challenge a hitter. That's what I mean by "conviction"--he believes he's going to beat them.
All I have to do is mention Crawford or Salty...you gotta feel for these guys even though I have admittedly wanted to strangle them both several times this past week.
Not just them, but those are good examples. With Crawford, you just get the sense that in his own mind he's already beaten. We've all had that feeling where, in a big game, you drop a fly ball or throw away the ball, and this voice in your head starts to say "please don't let the ball come to me"--because you're scared you'll f--k up again. I suspect there's a little bit of that going on with some of the Sox right now, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you don't want the ball hit your way on each and every play, if you're not totally eager to make the play and get the out, then bad things will happen. Same thing at the plate, you have to WANT to be the guy up in the 9th inning with 2 outs, a runner in scoring position, and your team down by a run. Because you know you're going to come through and all your focus is on making it happen.
I think with Aceves, the question is, how will he handle a truly bad inning?... a little adversity?....or some really bad calls by an umpire?
From what I've seen he's very good at being "in the moment"--if he gives up a homer or unleashes a wild pitch, by the time the next batter steps in or the catcher throws the ball back, he's over it and totally "locked in" on executing the next pitch.
He'll be out there tonight at some point....
Whaddya mean? Lester's gonna pitch 8 innings of 2-hit ball, and Pap will come in and slam the door shut! (and then I woke up).
Edited by Megunticook, 28 September 2011 - 03:38 PM.