Mike Scioscia was accommodating to the media today, holding court with a small group of reporters in the Angels dugout following his Fenway Park press conference. Scioscia, looking relaxed and confident following last night’s Game 1 defeat, was asked if his preparation differs in the post season.
“No,” said Scioscia, “I think that everything will be — some of the decisions you make might be a little quicker than they would be during the season. You might have a little more patience during the regular season; if a guy is really struggling; whether you’re going to change your line-up, whether you’re going to take a pitcher out — things like that. The statistical analysis is the same as we get during the season. In the playoffs, the only difference is that it’s really focused more on the last couple of weeks — more than some of the things you might look at during the season. You’ve got short-term, and you’ve got broad-range scouting reports that you look at. But our preparation is the same as it would be during the regular season.”
Scioscia also tackled the “Is there such a thing as a clutch hitter?” question, referring specifically to David Ortiz.
“I think he performs well in any situation,” said Scioscia. “So, as far as being a clutch hitter late in the game, you’re not going to see many guys better than David. I don’t think it’s a matter of stepping up. I think it’s a matter of maintaining your game and not trying to do too much; not taking yourself out of what you do well. And he does it as well as anybody.”