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10/18/10 6:09 PM ET

Workout day interview with Charlie Manuel

Q. When you come into a series tied at 1 like this, can you just talk about the potential for Game 3 to be such a swing game, an important game for momentum?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I think when we go 1 and 1 right now and you're sitting there and you've got Cain and Hamels going tomorrow, I think in the swing game, I think you won't see that three days in a row, six pitchers that start the game that good.

I think that's rare. And I think it's going to be a heck of a game. I think the Giants are here because they're pitching, and I think we're here basically because of our pitching, because our offense kind of sputtered this year but at the same time we're still capable of scoring a lot of runs.

But it's going to be so far it's been two great games. It's going to be a heck of a series.

Q. Going from Citizens Bank Park to this park, what challenges does that present? Seems like two different ballparks. You've struggled here at times. What are the biggest differences between play here and play there?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I think this ballpark's bigger, and it's got the way it's made, it's a little bit different from Citizens Bank Park, of course, the way it's cut.

And at the same time I think that they're more used to this yard than of course, we were used to Citizens Bank Park, but they're more used to this park than we were, of course, because this is their home park.

But I think it gets down to the fact that you definitely can't make mistakes in the outfield. I think if you do, you're going to be in trouble.

Q. Any chance you stick with Utley in the 2 and Polanco in the 3?
CHARLIE MANUEL: That might be a chance.

Q. Will you?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I don't know. I'll think about it tonight. Got a little time. No sense getting in a hurry.

Q. Did you think that enhanced your lineup?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I think last night that it worked out pretty good.

Q. What's been the biggest change you've seen between the Cole Hamels of last year and the Cole Hamels of this year?
CHARLIE MANUEL: Like from last year he's bigger, he's stronger. He's added a cutter. His fastball, his velocity is up from last year. Basically he sits there right now I'd say he sits there like 92, 94, 95 consistently, and whereas before he was like 88, 92.

And I think the cutter's helped him. But I think he's grown up a lot from just the part of the experience of going through a tough year. And I think the fact that you put him on the team we added Roy Halladay and I think he's got a better work routine, learned a lot from Roy. And Hamels has always been a mentally tough guy. He's always loved to pitch.

And I think last year he put he definitely put a lot of expectation on himself. And also it was kind of a different year for him. Came to Spring Training on a short winter had a sore elbow coming out of Spring Training.

People talk about his conditioning, but at the same time he had a sore elbow coming out of Spring Training, and he seemed like things really had a bad year. He had a hard luck year. He would get hit on the shoulder with a line drive, turn his ankle. Just seemed like everything bad happened to him. Then he would get in innings that he couldn't get out of.

He got into an inning here where he had I think through four innings I think he had one hit or something like that, all of a sudden he's got two outs and nobody on and a pitcher ends up getting a hit on him and he ran up a lot of pitches and he got knocked out of the game, too.

That was kind of how his season went. And he's gotten over all that.

Q. Charlie, Polanco had two big RBIs last night when the game was really close. Could you talk about what he's meant for you guys since you got him this year?
CHARLIE MANUEL: Polanco's hitting hasn't surprised me at all. Playing defense has been the surprise. I mean, we lost a guy in Feliz who was a pretty good defensive player, and this guy, he went right to third base, and you know what, I don't think we lost a step.

Like we haven't lost anything. I mean, I think Feliz had a stronger throwing arm. Outside of that, both of them have been real good. And I think that's where Polanco's really excelled. I knew he could hit when we brought him back. And also he can handle the bat and he can do some things for you.

Q. In managing postseason games, what have you learned about making lineup changes? In terms of whether being too soon or waiting too long, since it's only best of 7 or best of 5, what's your philosophy about that?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I look at the pitcher like in the bullpen and who you've got and who I think is available in the bullpen. And also like a tight pitcher and the matchup sheets. And mostly I kind of I'll study like who I like like who I think might be good against a guy and who the pitcher might have success on.

And I look at all those things, and I kind of wager it and I try to look for balance in your lineup on that day.

Now, one of the things I do look for is like if you've got a lot of left hand pitchers in your bullpen, I think I gotta be careful in a way or I try to put the strongest lineup, I should say, and try to balance our lineup. That's kind of what I did last night.

But, there again, when you've got a lot of left hand relievers in the bullpen, it makes it tough for me. But that's what I do.

I also try, once you I like for people to beat people out or play ahead of guys. And you become that guy because like if you can like that's when people holler about me talk to me about when Jimmy if Jimmy is going bad or something, why do I stick with him. Because I'm supposed to stick with him, because that's the game. Really. That's the game.

Like that's how you play the game. That's who helped get us there. I mean, if you stop and think about those things, why should you go away from like somebody that like helped you get to a point.

Now, if it's a like a one day situation, then we're talking if you're in between what you call a good, regular player, then just the average regular players, then you're talking maybe a different feel.

But at the same time, I don't run for Ryan Howard, I don't pinch hit for Ryan Howard. Jimmy Rollins or somebody like that or Victorino, those guys, they've kind of earned the same respect in some ways.

I look at those guys they can hit anybody that throws a baseball.

Q. If memory serves me correct, Raul hit a ball pretty hard last night, a line drive, but still he hasn't had a hit since that second game against Cincinnati. Are you seeing similar things in the first half, or is this just like a three day funk?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I look at baseball and, to me, like postseason definitely brings out like it's an out situation. We talk about winning every day.

But you've got to win. You've got to win 4 out of 7. And you look at it, the guy don't have any hits, or something like that, and somebody says aren't you concerned about this guy?

There again, like I know he can hit. And Raul got off to a slow start this year. And he became he got hot and not only that but he got consistent, and he stayed consistent the second half of the season for sure.

And he ended up with pretty good RBI numbers and things like that. It's a part of playing every day. You don't go changing your lineup that worked for you all year and get into the postseason and start messing with your lineup.

Attitude and chemistry is definitely what counts. But if I'm a player and I've played every day and I've had a real good year and my manager set me on the bench, I'd be madder than hell. Really. I mean, I'll tell you.

And actually I'd go up and tell him. That's kind of how I look at it. I've earned the right. That's the reason that we in postseason, because those guys that play regular every day everyday player in baseball, I don't know if you've heard me say it or not, is very special to play every day. And you say what is a regular player? And you look, there's a lot of guys who plays every day sometime are not necessarily regular players, but that is a special player.

That is a very, very special big league player to play every day.

Q. Did you see Raul's swing and everything looked fine?
CHARLIE MANUEL: Hit a line drive last night to third base. Outside that, give a pitcher some credit too. He throws the good breaking ball in the right situation or a fastball inside or something. Really.

Q. Going back to the switch last night with Polanco and Utley in the lineup, obviously worked out well because those two guys seemed to be in the middle of everything offensively. Can you talk about how you came to that decision? Did you know immediately after Game 1 you were going to flip those two? Did you talk to Pete about lineup changes? How do you go over it and decide that, all right, this is the lineup I want?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I've had that lineup, I don't know I think somebody told me I had that same lineup ten times. One of you guys. But I came to the conclusion, when I'm sitting there yesterday, I got to the ballpark yesterday 10:00. I was the only guy there. I went into my office and sat down, got all my information. I'm looking through it.

I already knew it anyway (laughter) and I'm writing things down and things like that. And I looked over there and I was thinking about what this guy can do and what that guy can do. And I wanted definitely to separate Utley and Howard. So I put Polanco there in the 3 hole before. And the more I thought about it, actually Polanco and Utley, they hit about the same as far as average go off left hand pitchers, but at the same time I wanted to stick the righty I wanted Utley in the second hole. I like Utley in the second hole anyway.

But when he's hit on our team, he fits real well in the third hole for me. But if you put him on an All Star team or something, I would like him hitting second. Really, because I think he can pull the ball. I think he can move the runners over and I think he's a good base runner. He's just a real good, solid runner. Good situation baseball player. Last night when he stole second base that definitely gave us a big lift. He got on. He hadn't been running.

And he stole second. And that definitely pumped some energy on us. And you could tell in our dugout. And, yeah, last night it worked good.

Q. Cody Ross, even going back to his days with the Marlins, had success against you guys, you guys have had success against some bigger name guys in the past. What is it about him that specifically why does he match up well against you or why does he seem to have such success against you?
CHARLIE MANUEL: Cody is about like, if you look at Cody is about like anybody else. They walk in our ballpark and he wants to come up and talk to me or talk to the guys around the cage because actually he's looking at the fences and how far how close they look (laughter) and he's thinking he's thinking to himself, "Man I hope I'm in the lineup today." And as soon as the bench coach puts the lineup up, I guarantee you he runs over there to see if he's in there. When he played for Florida, that's how I used to look at him. And he likes to play against us.

And he enjoys to play against us. And that helps him to relax, and he gets up for us. But not only that, he's a good player. And he definitely can hurt you. And he's strong for a little guy, and he will surprise you. And actually he's a better player than you really sometime if you see him when he's not playing so good you won't realize how good he really is.

He's a pretty solid player.

Q. You and Dubee have been together for a while here, seem to have a very comfortable relationship. But it's still unclear to me, how does it work during the game? Do you guys talk a lot and do you tell him to go talk to the pitcher? How does that all go?
CHARLIE MANUEL: A lot of times he'll go jump in there before I tell him anything. I do trust Rich a lot. And I've always even like when I first got this job, the pitching coach I had before was Dick Pole in Cleveland. And I used to think that Dick Pole was he was definitely a guy I leaned on a lot.

Actually, I talked to him a lot about the situations in the game that didn't necessarily mean have pitching involved and stuff. But when I feel like just like any of my coaches, I feel like you've got to turn the area over and let them work in it. And over the course of the years, at first like it was different with Rich.

But over the course of seems like every year like he definitely he's earned my trust 100 percent. And he communicates real well with the pitchers. I leave that alone. I like to let him work with our pitchers. I don't go down to the bullpen like a lot of managers. The reason I don't do that, because when I was in Cleveland I'd always go down to the bullpen, stand there with the pitching coach and watch the guy pitch and all of a sudden there's pitchers coming over and asking me questions. Like I'm not going to be around them very much.

And I find it very important to let that like the pitching coach handle the pitching, get involved. So he's going to answer all the questions about mechanics and things and pitches and how to pitch people and just the general information and everything about it.

Because I was a hitting coach before and no one got in my area. And I would fight you if you think you're going to come in, somebody says in something in my area because I'm working with these players and I'm getting to the ballpark early and I'm throwing BP.

I'm not boasting and bragging about it, but I will tell you this: I threw more than ten minutes a day. I used to throw batting practice anywhere from one hour to four hours. And when I managed in the Minor Leagues, I'm sitting here talking to you today because we used to hit when we'd go on the road my teams used to hit all the time. We'd get to the ballpark like 10:00 in the morning, if we could get to the field or to the cage.

My pitching coach and I would go either in the cage out on the field and throw regular to our hitters and we would practice all the time. And in hitting, that was my area.

If I'm going to get fired, if somebody don't do the job, then I'll take the blame for it. But at the same time, don't ever come over in my area. Let me fire myself (laughter). I've always looked at it that way. And I look at our coaches that way, and I try to let leave them alone, let them do their job.

But Rich Dubee, he's carried that his dedication, the things that he does for us, he organizes he's a tremendous organizer. And not only that, he's a great communicator with our pitchers. Does a tremendous job. Couldn't have a better pitching coach.

Q. Does tomorrow's result impact at all Game 4, or is that definitely Blanton's game?
CHARLIE MANUEL: We'll play the game tomorrow. Does it impact it? I don't know exactly. We'll just wait and see what happens.

Q. Jimmy Rollins is a long time veteran but he's from this area. How special do you think it is for him to be playing against the Giants in his hometown area?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I hope it's real special for him. But he likes to play anyway. He's going to enjoy it. And like hopefully Jimmy's stroke is getting better.

And he can play like he can, because when he plays and he gets going, he's a very consistent player. And he can carry it for quite a while. And he's a special player. And we need for him to play good. I'm sure he's going to be wanting to play good.

Q. We know you like home runs, love home runs, but Polanco doesn't hit a lot of home runs. But you've kind of said he does a lot of the little things right. Was that just something you knew you needed in your lineup this year and can you talk about all the little things that he does do offensively, moving runners over and stuff?
CHARLIE MANUEL: Yeah, when we brought him over, definitely when we got him back we looked at him as an offensive player. And the reason we did, because we wanted an action player in our lineup. That was Polanco, guy that could hit behind the runners and could consistently make good contact. Puts the fat part on the ball. And he doesn't strike out much.

And so we pick up that kind of player, cuts some strikeouts down in our lineup, but it's also his consistency every day playing, putting the ball into play and hitting it hard. Played a big part in it. And how he plays the game.

He's just a good, solid player. And that's what he got. He got something his hits total was down this year. Usually he gets 200. He got, what, almost 600 hits. Or 600 in three years. And that kind of speaks for itself.

I mean, he puts a guy in your lineup that's definitely going to make contact every day.

Q. What have you come to expect from Matt Cain in the history facing him and what are some of the keys whenever he's on the mound?
CHARLIE MANUEL: Repeat that, please.

Q. Matt Cain, what have you come to expect from him when he's pitched against you and what are some of the keys going against him?
CHARLIE MANUEL: He's tremendous. There again, I would say Matt Cain's command, I noticed that the last few times he's been out, or the second half of the season, he's really had good command of his change up. He has good stuff. He grades out real high across the board. And he's a front line pitcher, as everyone knows.

But at the same time we've got to make him throw strikes and better his command on both sides of the plate. That's what's going to dictate how he does.

Q. You talked about how Hamels has benefited from Halladay. Is there a benefit also in sort of the contrast in the Giants have seen two righties now given obviously a lefty has little different pitches how that might help you?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I think so. Ideally, when you think back about different looks, I think of the ideal different look would be something like Baltimore used to have when they had their four 20 game winners. They had two righties and two lefties, and all four of the pitchers were different type pitchers.

If I'm not mistaken, it was McNally, Palmer, Cuellar and Dobbs. That's how they lined up and they lined up that way for about four, five, six years, whatever. And they would come at you with different looks. I'm not sure, but I think maybe Bochy had that in mind when he put Sanchez in the second hole. And I think almost every manager would basically agree with that. Different type pitchers or style, like definitely given a different look is to me makes a difference.

Q. Is that the case with Hamels?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I think at the end there, at the end of the season, what we got into, I think in our rotation ours kind of happened to be that way. That's what we kind of settled on.

Q. Is Hamels as dominant today as he was in '08 in the World Series? And is he a different pitcher today than he was when we saw him in '08?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I think he's stronger. And I think he has more arsenal, more equipment, whatever you want to call it, more pitches. But I think at the same time, when he's on I never got on this guy about his breaking ball. I used to always want him to throw more against left hand pitchers, and I've talked and told him before I used to tell him after a game to throw more breaking balls but I never I wasn't very strong about it, about insisting it and things like that because he was good with his fastball and change up.

Here's a guy getting by and pitching lights out with two pitches. And I looked at it in some ways and say why would I want to go over there and mess with him and change him. But somewhere along the line it got out of whack and everybody started figuring out what was wrong with him.

Actually when I look at him sometimes, he'll go when he's really good, he's good the same way he was before. Just basically it would be fastball and change up, where he's putting the ball.

The other night, if you go back and look, the last out he got on Scott Rolen, you can't pitch a hitter no better than that. The way he set him up, the way he went in and out, what he threw him, up and down.

Finally, if you're sitting there, I'm sitting in the dugout watching him and I'm thinking and all of a sudden when he throws him a high fastball and throws the ball right by him, I guarantee if he would relate to it, he knew he had an idea and he was very confident that he was going to throw a fastball by him, up. And I guarantee you he could tell, he knew that he he says to himself, I guarantee you, he says, "I know I can throw the ball by this guy right now, up." When he's on and he's that good, he's very good.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you, Charlie.

Workout day interview with Cole Hamels

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Cole Hamels.

Q. You had a lot of games this year where no runs were scored for you. One run was scored for you. At least outwardly seemed like you handled it all with a tremendous sense of equilibrium. Have you had to learn how to deal with those kinds of frustrations and what do you think got to you this point?

COLE HAMELS: I think when you're playing for a game, the only thing that I can really effect is the way that I pitch. So if I'm able to go out and do my job and make pitch after pitch, it's not like I'm expected to hit a home run or move guys over as much as I can, I don't have those types of opportunities.

I think my main job is to pitch. So that's kind of just been my main focus. And if you're not able to have the games that you want or your team's scoring a tons of runs, you really can't ask for anything else because my main job is to go out and try to hold the opposing team to the least amount of runs as possible.

That's kind of what I was able to do. At the same point, that's just baseball. And I think nowadays, where baseball's finally becoming the pitcher's game, that's kind of what you're going to have to expect now.

Q. You had such success obviously two Octobers ago in 2008. I'm curious, sort of based on that sort of what's different about pitching in these kind of games and how much you enjoy the postseason sort of caldron?

COLE HAMELS: Postseason is where it's at. It's the ultimate time to really show what type of player you are, the type of pitcher you are, and really to obviously enjoy the type of moment, because not too many guys will ever get to experience this.

Especially where we've been able go year after year and get really far with winning the World Series one year, making it to the World Series the next. Those are just the types of games and the moments that when you set foot in Spring Training that's the ultimate goal for the whole team to go out and enjoy.

And we've been able to do it. So you kind of just take it in, and you try to do the best you possibly can.

Q. I know one of the biggest differences between where you're at now and a year ago is developing a third pitch, fourth pitch. Do you remember like a time and place where you felt the cutter, where you felt the most comfortable with it and this is a pitch I can use and be very comfortable with? Also, how do you balance how much you use it, or is that something that you and Chooch talk about before the game?

COLE HAMELS: I think being able to watch Cliff Lee last year throwing the cutter and how much it really helped out this game and having Roy Halladay come over and seeing what a significant pitch it is to his repertoire, I felt it could be a very good pitch for me to add especially because it goes the other direction as a change up.

It's just a few different miles an hour off in between a fastball and a change up. So it's just kind of makes it a little bit harder for hitters to really pick a pitch and a specific location to really get there type of better approach.

It's a pitch that you have to throw. And even if you're not comfortable with it or confident with it, you have to throw it in order to be able to learn and master it. There's never a time or place that's going to be the right time; you have to eventually make it.

I think if you're able to go out there time and time again and work through it, it will eventually come. And I think that's the whole process of muscle memory. That's what it took with everybody's fastball, being able to locate that. Eventually curveballs and change ups. It's just another pitch I've been able to learn and just kind of the timetable where you kind of in the Big Leagues it takes a little bit. You have to be a little bit quicker.

You don't have the fortunes of the Minor Leagues where you can work on something for a whole year or two years and not really have to worry about the results. Up in the Big Leagues you really have to worry about the results.

Q. Again, Spring Training, when you threw that pitch, do you remember specifically when that cutter when you threw it and you said this is a pitch that I can use?

COLE HAMELS: I'd say probably during the season. During Spring Training it was great, but I think at the same time you're working on all four pitches to try and hurry up and get ready for the season.

But during the season, I think it was the game against the Florida Marlins. Might have been my third start. That's kind of where I felt confident that I could really throw this pitch and I actually got to see some results from it.

Q. Cole, the winner of the next game is going to take the lead in this series. How pivotal is Game 3?

COLE HAMELS: Just a game.

Q. If they were to ask you to pitch on short rest perhaps or Game 6, is that something you'd be fine with? And I know you've never done it before?

COLE HAMELS: I think that's kind of the new when you get to the postseason that's always something that comes up.

I think I've been here enough to where I feel confident I could do it. Unlike there's kind of the unknown, just for the fact because I've never had that opportunity, but I think at the same time you're going to have to make those opportunities.

And I'm definitely ready. I've been healthy all year. I've been strong throughout the postseason. I still feel very confident that I could do it if asked upon. I know there's probably a few guys that were able to do it with the Braves organization and trying to get to the playoff run and showing they could do it. I know the Giants were trying to do that, too.

But at the same time we do have four really good pitchers, and it takes a whole team to really try to win game after game. So if we come to a situation where that comes up, I'm definitely ready. But that's kind of the point where the manager has to make those decisions, and I just have to go with it and be in the best possible shape I can be in to be in the game.

Q. A little earlier in your career there was a discrepancy between your success in day ball as opposed to night games. Statistically you did better in night games. That's evened out in the last couple of years. Is there any reason for that, or do you think that's just sort of a natural process? Has adding the pitches help you in day games at all?

COLE HAMELS: It's just a stat, I guess. I don't know. We have to pitch in a game we have to pitch in a game. Sometimes it doesn't go well. Unfortunately, there's more night games than day games. I think that's where you have to things can get skewed.

Q. You alluded to Roy's influence and you developing the cutter a little bit. Could you elaborate a little bit what Roy sort of meant to you this year and kind of I don't know, kind of providing a little bit of a mentor relationship or whatever and helping you kind of take that next step this year?

COLE HAMELS: Which Roy? Just kidding (laughter). You know, having a guy that's had a tremendous career. He's gone through the ups and downs in his baseball career, and obviously he's had more ups now than downs. So you just kind of take it where he has the knowledge to go out and succeed. And he wants every game he starts he wants to finish. You kind of he takes pride in what he does. I think that's where you have to watch is how hard he works. And to see the results. You can get a better idea of who he is, because he goes out and gives it 100 percent. And even the days you're not feeling the best you possibly can he still pushes through.

I think that kind of just brings up your game. I think he's helped out all of us pitchers because we've seen who he is and how he is on and off the field, and he's made us want to become even better.

When you have that motivation, I think that's kind of what it takes to be a better pitching staff, is to have another guy to even push you even further. I think we've been able to have that with a few guys on the team where you have Jamie, and he's still being able to do this game at this top level, that's something pretty special right there.

So I think it's helped because the Phillies have done a really good job with taking home grown guys and still they really try to take that. And when you have those guys, they can in the Minors, they can see what it takes to be a Big Leaguer on this team, that's going to make your team a lot better. And to have him, he's been a great guy and a great addition. I can't take anything but positive experiences away.

Q. Cole, Charlie was in here earlier telling us how

COLE HAMELS: He was? (Laughter).

Q. telling us how he thought you learned a lot from the struggles from last year. From your perspective, what is it that last year taught you?

COLE HAMELS: That baseball is a tough game. Sometimes you think you can master it, but unfortunately the old saying where it can throw you a curveball, and you have to make the best adjustments. Things aren't going to be easy in life, and especially in the game of baseball. But the people that get through it are the ones that make the adjustments and try to strive to be better. And I think that's kind of what it's taught me with pushing myself a little bit harder.

If it's getting physically stronger or mentally trying to prepare better for a game and my opponent, I think that's really where I've been able to take off.

Once you're able to do that you gain back your confidence. I think in this game, confidence can go a lot further than talent. It's knowing that you can go out there and get the job done no matter what the circumstances are, what the weather is, if you're at home, away, who is in the lineup.

That's really what can push people to become even better. I think that's what it's done. I've gained a lot more confidence in myself.

Q. I think you had seven days before your last start and now eight days before this. And you heard a lot of talk about people worried about rust. But at this point in the season, with all the innings you've pitched, are those layoffs more of a benefit for you than any concerns about being a little rusty?

COLE HAMELS: I think my last four games I've played I've pitched every Sunday. So I'm used to the seven days off. An eight day, you just work a little bit harder. I guess you can heal physically better in order to stay game ready. You just have to be mentally more prepared. I think that's what it's taken.

But being in the situation I am with pitching Game 3, you kind of get back in the game mode with watching Game 1 and Game 2 and you get that excitement back. And I think that kind of carries over and you forget how many days you've really had off.

If it's a situation where you're only pitching Game 1 and 1 and 1, there's no games to kind of boost your energy level up to get ready. And I think that's kind of what's a little bit tougher, because I have experienced that in the past couple postseasons.

So being in this situation I've been able to get the excitement, and that kind of makes you forget how many days you had off.

Q. In the last couple of days we've heard Charlie talk a little about being loyal to guys and staying with them even when they're struggling and the importance of that. Would you say that's one of his greatest strengths as a manager, just being loyal and letting you guys go out there and play no matter what the situation?

COLE HAMELS: I think he really tries to get to know his players, and that's really a key. When you get to know your players, you gain trust. And even though you have to be leader, you can develop a better friendship to where you can make those decisions.

And you believe in them more. And even though they might have a struggle or an inning and it could be later in the game and you don't know if that's necessarily going to make or break you, he has a better idea of what you're all about and the type of competitiveness that you have. And I think that's kind of what it takes, is he wants to see you succeed. He doesn't want to wait until you fail and yank you and never give you that opportunity, because it is like I said, it's confidence.

You want to always have confidence in how you play and the confidence of getting out of a tough situation. And that's kind of what he believes in you. And he sees the best in all of his players. And that's what I think has been huge for us all season, is we're always going to go through struggles but he always believes you're going to be able to get out of them and succeed.

Q. Cody Ross has hit you fairly well. Have you been able to watch him the past two games in this series and what makes him such a hard out?

COLE HAMELS: Being able to face him I guess with the Marlins, I had more opportunities to play against him, which I don't know if it helps or hurts. But right now he's hot.

And that's huge. And for them and for him. And I think it's just a matter of battling and trying to make your pitches. I watched a few of his home runs and I'd say two of them were the pitches that they wanted, and he hit them out. And two of the pitches were just pitches that were mistakes and he was able to hit out.

So just banking on the fact that he won't go 5 for 5 (laughter). I guess I'll just throw them right down the middle. I know he can't do it all the time. But, no, he's a great competitor. He definitely swings a really good bat. And I think that's something where he's been a very good addition to the Giants organization and it's tough for I guess I'm almost happy that he left the Marlins because I don't have to face him as much.

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