That’s the view of manager Brian Boyle, whose side travel to play Derry in Group 2 of the competition tomorrow.The Premier County were narrowly beaten by Galway last weekend.Brian believes the players can recover from that setback… Tipp FM will regular updates on the match, which gets underway at 2.30 on Saturday afternoon.
“At the same time, the team was winning. That made it a lot easier to cope with.”Things turned in late August. Reddick stopped hitting the ball as hard. He was “rolling over and striking out” and the frustration started to show in his body language. That was just the darkness before the dawn.Reddick started to come around during the Dodgers’ trip to Colorado at the end of August. In his final 24 games of the season, he went 29 for 76 (.382) with a .946 OPS.“I know I’m a really good hitter,” Reddick said. “I know that and I can help this team out a lot. It just hasn’t really been the case where I’m the guy carrying the team for a week. But that doesn’t seem to be the case of how it works on this team, one guy carrying the team. … That’s what’s great about this lineup. It can be scary good when it starts clicking on all cylinders.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is likely to continue spelling Reddick with Yasiel Puig against left-handed pitching (such as Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez). Nonetheless, he recognizes Reddick is a valuable cylinder to have clicking.“It’s been a huge game-changer for us,” Roberts said of Reddick’s turnaround. “There are certain guys in the lineup who make you go. But when Josh was really scuffling, punching out way more than he’s used to, not making a lot of hard contact, there was a little void.“Right now, he’s got his legs under him. He’s taking good swings and barreling a lot of baseballs up. He’s always been a righty killer and we’re going to see our fair share of right-handers (in the post-season).”Closer callsThe 2016 postseason was just one game old when a manager (Baltimore’s Buck Showalter) was being second-guessed over how he used, or didn’t use, in Showalter’s case, his closer.Roberts said he watched the American League wild-card game Tuesday night and was surprised Showalter didn’t go to his closer, Zach Britton, against the Blue Jays, a decision for which Showalter is being roundly criticized.For his part, Roberts said he would not hesitate to use his closer, Kenley Jansen, to get more than three outs during a playoff game.“That’s certainly something we’ve talked about,” Roberts said. “I know Kenley is open to whatever we think is best for the team. Depending on the game situation. And in the postseason managers are typically more aggressive. It’s likely if it’s called for.”Roberts went to Jansen for “one-plus” saves six times during the regular season. Jansen converted four of the saves and blew two.Game 2The Nationals have announced who will throw out ceremonial pitches before Game 1 (Livan Hernandez) and Game 2 (Drake and Adam LaRoche) in Washington. But Nationals manager Dusty Baker has yet to announce his starting pitcher beyond Game 1 (Max Scherzer).As recently as Tuesday, Baker said it was “unsettled” who would follow Scherzer in the rotation. The choice is between right-hander Tanner Roark and Gonzalez, the lone left-hander in the Nationals’ rotation.If the Nationals do not start Gonzalez in Game 2, the Dodgers would face a left-handed starter just once in the best-of-five series despite finishing last in the majors in nearly every offensive statistic against left-handed pitching, including the lowest team batting average against lefties (.213) over a full season in 45 years. “I learned that probably last year,” Reddick said of his ‘less-is-more’ approach to problem-solving. “For the most part, when I’m going well, my cage work is limited to almost none at all. Pregame, right before the game, I go in there and do my routine.“I just told myself, ‘When I’m going well, I’m doing this.’ Then why am I going to do more when I’m struggling? My swing is going to be the same. There might be one switchup that I do. I might grab a short bat or do one new drill to get me back on track. I just realized that’s what it takes. If I’m not doing so much work when I’m going well, then I want to do the same thing when I’m not doing so well.”Reddick had two things that helped keep him from the natural urge to over-react to his slump: The Dodgers were winning without him and he was hitting the ball hard. The first gave him cover; the second gave him confidence.“I think that was the first time in my career I’ve struggled while hitting the ball so hard,” he said. “I think I was told for the whole month of August I had the highest exit velo(city) off the barrel with the lowest batting average.”That dubious honor wasn’t something Reddick wanted to hold for long. But “it told me I was doing everything right. WASHINGTON, D.C. >> August “wasn’t the worst time I’ve ever had in baseball,” Dodgers outfield Josh Reddick said. But it is definitely on the short list.“For that long of a time, you can’t help pressing and trying to do too much,” said Reddick, who went 11 for his first 79 at-bats with one extra-base hit and no RBIs in his first 23 games with the Dodgers.But Reddick found his way out of it by doing the hardest thing a slumping hitter can do: Nothing.He didn’t tinker with his swing. He didn’t change his stance or approach. He didn’t change his daily routine. He didn’t make any offerings to the baseball gods, though a statue of Jobu (the mythical god of slump-busting from the movie “Major League”) did appear in his locker. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error