'The Eye Test'- Lou Merloni on Lester/Lackey
Wed, 13 Feb 2013|
Lou Merloni gives his 'eye test' on what he sees different so in Spring Training from Jon Lester and John Lackey
First Clay Buchholz this strained hamstring is feeling better the Sox starter hurt himself yesterday during drills. He threw a bit today off a flat ground he is still. Day today -- they will monitor his progress also. Mike Napoli will have an MRI on his -- tomorrow besides you first baseman has been. Here at camp but has been limited to hitting in the cage and just playing catch a ball close -- the MRI can begin work. In the field. John Lackey was on the mound today throwing -- bullpen session. He is seventeen pounds lighter as he worked hard during the offseason to. Shape up shall we say manager John Farrell thinks that know -- -- Move along side. -- -- -- -- You're a good question you you think a guy that's probably dropped seventeen pounds. From where it was a year ago. And until we get -- games will find out if there's been strength losses. My guess is at this point that that's not the case because as he's gone through is physicals and the strength testing in the shoulder. All those are consistent honestly he feels pretty darn good bounce off. As he -- right now it's like he has a strong season that go along way in -- rehabbing his image with the Red Sox Nation. Also that could certainly help out with Jon Lester and Lester and Lackey are the focus of -- Maloney I test might she -- is across the way. With him. Guys you both -- other bullpen sessions and what did you think of how Lester and really Lackey looked down. There today. And just it's just -- question you look at Lackey I think you know as the when are you not talk about this a concern about maybe the weight gained the loss rather be in a different avoid. He looked awfully good in the bullpen. When you hear pitching coach -- love the way the ball came out of his NFL we actually saw that the definition of that today we watched him throw and so look out easy his windup looks and it looks like you wasn't even there wasn't much effort but when the ball left his hands of the catcher's -- you know there was. A lot of pop it's everything everything so much it was me. Well so even though it looked like it was effortless that's the definition of all of those guys in and he looked very aggressive here it will. Another guy looked impressive was Jon Lester and obviously you watch him wanted it and pitching coach comes go to visit. They're a great foresee -- have put that positive. Life in your memory back into the computer and that about the feeling of how that felt and saw Lester kind of process -- and go back to work again. Again early but looking very strong very proud. -- deposit in my six I think a lot of it has to do with mental. I think and -- the make up for the demeanor of Jon Lester on the mound and very not a guy -- digs up their grunting here and being one -- things and again judge David Ross catch him. Not much above the knee and me both of those guys that -- we're extremely impressive amount one. The watchable than I really don't notice those little things you sit there for 510 minutes you'll see one pitch above the knees she matchup. A guy given it everything already almost in game all of this is no longer hey lets just get ready for spring training game. It seemed that attitude is not a we need something to build on every day I think you saw today and the davis'. -- in those guys. The competition year yeah it -- are very important and it ramp things up a little bit more. Like John Ferrell as Watson last throw smile on -- likes. What he sees are gonna lead from four marketable for -- we do some great video work I want -- -- -- Sights and sounds of spring training here fort -- -- -- -- players working. Baseball bat the more rounds of what it's all about this is what we. Right for him.