Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider revealed his thoughts on Cincinnati Reds monster rookie Eli de la Cruz.
On the 20th (Korean time), Schneider looked back on the day’s game in an interview after winning an away game against the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 at the Great 메이저사이트 American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Toronto won the day, but played a difficult game against Cincinnati.
The run following De La Cruz’s triple in the bottom of the 4th inning completely turned the atmosphere over to the home team, Cincinnati. From first base, he hit a ball that hit the right wall directly, and when right fielder Cavan Vizio’s throw deviated greatly, it dug right into the home.
According to ‘MLB.com’, it took De La Cruz 15.3 seconds to get home from the plate. This was the fastest by a Cincinnati player since Statcast metrics were introduced in 2015.
Schneider conveyed his impression of De La Cruz, calling him “a talented player.” He said, “It was a strong hit, and a little strange play came out. I want to admit that I did not stop. The throw was too forceful, and the ball did not bounce in the direction we wanted,” he recalled the situation at the time.
He continued, “That player would be really fun to see from the fans’ point of view, but he is something that the opposing team’s manager doesn’t want to see. He is a player who can do those things. He is instinctive and talented,” he said highly.
Toronto, however, won the game 4-3. Davis Schneider’s solo home run in the top of the 5th right after the tie was allowed was decisive.
“It was a really big home run,” Schneider said. He brought the momentum to us.”
Davis Schneider said of the at-bat that day, “I missed a misfire in the second at-bat, but I didn’t miss it the next time.”
He, who had not had many opportunities to play recently, said, “I learned while watching the game on the bench. Both pitchers and batters are players with a lot of experience here, so I listened to and learned from them. He also said that he tried to learn by watching the game, saying, “I learned by watching because things always happen in the game.”
“Everybody knows I’m weak on high fastballs,” he said. I know. At the plate, when the pitchers throw the ball there, I hold on to it by parrying the foul. Then, pitchers are bound to throw mistakes,” he said about his attitude to cope with weaknesses.
“We know what skills he has and we know him,” Schneider said. He is full of confidence. He didn’t miss the ball he had to hit,” praising his rookie effort.
Starter Chris Bassett pitched 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 home run, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts and 3 runs (2 earned). “It was the best,” Schneider said. He showed efficient pitching in the early stages,” he said, commenting that Bassett created the atmosphere at the beginning of the game.
“I was more concerned with the movement of my ball than with the other hitters,” Bassett said. It’s not easy to know in advance who will respond to what ball. I figured out how the swing reacted to my pitches. Overall, it was good,” he said, evaluating his pitching.