October 11, 2005
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: Game One
Q. Does (Jarrod) Washburn remind you of you?
MARK BUEHRLE: Lefty, same number, I guess we're both goofy. He throws hard, throws a lot of high fastballs, more of a location pitcher. He likes to pitch up on his own a little bit more than. Other than being left-handed, not really.
Q. I know you kind of talked about it and joked about it a little bit over the years, but now it's really realistic that you and the Cardinals could make it to the World Series. What would that mean to pitch against them?
MARK BUEHRLE: It's a huge step. We've got to concentrate on this series, but obviously we're two of the four teams that are left. I mean, getting the opportunity to face them, if I pitch at Busch Stadium, it would be a dream come true. I've always wanted to pitch in Busch Stadium. I kind of joke around with my family knowing that I know who they're going to root for. If we get the opportunity, it would be a dream come true.
Q. How does this Angels line-up compare to the one that won the World Series a couple years ago?
MARK BUEHRLE: I really don't remember too much about them a couple years ago. But obviously they're kind of built like we are; you've got speed at the top of the lineup, power in the middle, guys at the end of the lineup that can get on base to get back to the top of the lineup. They're one of the better offenses in baseball, and I think it's proven that they go out there and scored a lot of runs during the season.
Q. Given that he's the No. 1 starter on one of the teams that you might have been facing, what was your reaction last night seeing Colon go out of that game and what does that say about the Angels that they were able to recover from that and still win the game?
MARK BUEHRLE: (Ervin) Santana, I mean, he stuck it up our rear end early in the season, so I knew what he was capable of doing. Whenever he came in, Bartolo going out, that kind of looked like it favored the Yankees. Santana came in and did what he done all season long and threw up a bunch of zeroes and gave the team an opportunity to win and that's exactly what happened.
Q. Has there been any trick for you to pitching against the Angels?
MARK BUEHRLE: Not really. I've faced them three times this year. Just go out there, maybe look at some video. Two times I pitched good, one time I screwed up a little bit. I don't think they're as good offensively as Boston is. Obviously every guy in that line-up can hurt you. I've got to go out there and throw up more zeroes. We don't have to face Bartolo so hopefully jump on them and get a lead.
Q. Don Cooper gets credit for fixing Contreras and Bobby Jenks. What's been his impact on you and his style?
MARK BUEHRLE: He's kind of left me alone. I really haven't changed too much stuff. If there's an outing where I don't have my best stuff, he realizes that you're going to have those games like that where you're not going to have your best stuff. We work on bullpens, certain pitches, maybe the lineup coming up, whoever I'm facing coming up. He might say, "You've got Vlad coming up, throw some pitches down and away, to get a little bit better at that." He's one of the most laid back pitching coaches I've had through the minor leagues. He kind of lets everybody do what he wants, we go out there and have fun and when it's time to take care of business, we take care of business.
Q. Can you talk about how your pick-off move helps to shut down other teams' running games?
MARK BUEHRLE: It definitely helps out being left-handed. I haven't been picking as many guys off lately as I did when he first got up. I think the teams are more aware of it. Any time you can keep guys on base it keeps the double play intact. If a guy steals a base, he can get that base hit or if you stop a base hit you can save a run. Any time you can save a base, especially against the Angels, it's huge.
Q. One of the left-handers in the lineup Garret Anderson hits left-handers extremely well. Can you talk about his impact in the line-up?
MARK BUEHRLE: I think he's hit me pretty well, too. He stays in against lefties. He doesn't bail out. Most guys, Vlad (Guerrero) or maybe Adam (Kennedy), they bail. He stays in there. I think he's one of the best left-handed hitters against left-handed pitching. Hopefully no one is on base in front of him, and if he does get a base hit hopefully keep it in the park.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you very much.
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