Dusty Baker talks Cardinals
Hat tip to my colleague and MLB.com’s Reds reporter Mark Sheldon for passing along the quotes:
Reds manager Dusty Baker was asked on Wednesday if it was frustrating that his team has been unable to gain ground on the Cardinals despite such a strong month. Baker took the opportunity to praise the Cardinals and all the young players contributing to St. Louis’ Major-League best 35-17 record.
“I’m not worried about all year. I’m worried about now,” Baker said. “The only thing you can control is now. You can look at it both ways. We haven’t caught them but they haven’t run off from us either. I’m sure they have their eye on us and we have our eye on them. It makes for better baseball. It brings out the best or the worst in you.”
“I didn’t understand predictors that picked the Cardinals third or fourth. I didn’t see that. I don’t know what they’re looking at. Have you see what their reinforcements are doing?”
A reporter asked if he was referring to Tyler Lyons, who replaced Jaime Garcia in the rotation.
“It’s not him. It’s them,” Baker responded. “They have some kids that aren’t even here yet. They’re coming up throwing 96-97 [mph]. And they have [Yadier] Molina to direct them, which is a big plus. It puts them on an accelerated learning curve by having a veteran catcher there.”
The Reds enter Thursday 33-20 and 2.5 games behind the Cardinals in the National League Central.
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