Buehrle Scouting Report
Friday, July 21, 2006, 7:40 pm CT
So about one hour before the game, I asked pitching coach Don Cooper what the keys were to Mark Buehrle’s outing tonight …
"He needs to throw strikes early down in the zone. He needs to get ahead of hitters and then come inside with his cutter. He needs to be able to throw inside whenever he wants. He is one start away from being the old Mark Buehrle we know."
Coop talked a little more about his starting pitchers:
"I’m an optimist. I look at it like this. I think each of our guys is capable of winning seven to 10 more games this year. That’s 35 to 45 victories. That’s 93 to whatever victories. If we win 95 games and don’t make the playoffs, we will have to tip our caps to someone. But I think we are going to be OK.
"In my opinion, there are two types of people in the world. If you are lucky enough to wake up each morning, you have a choice. You can wake up, be positive and optimistic, or you can wake up and act like someone (relieved themselves) in your cereal. I make a conscious choice to be an optimist."
Put succinctly as only Coop can … think about that over your Wheaties tomorrow morning.