Manager Dave Trembley is looking for the starter in tomorrow night's series opener against the Texas Rangers -- Koji Uehara -- to look more like the guy who lost to Boston than the guy who defeated the Rangers the first time he faced them.
"I think he has to do what he did against Boston,'' Trembley said. "He's got to pitch inside. Establish his fastball in. That's what he did against Boston and he had a lot of success."
Of course, he allowed a ton of fly balls against the Red Sox in Fenway Park and somehow got away with it, but Trembley apparently is not concerned about that.
"I think he's a flyball pitcher,'' Trembley said. "I don't think he's going to get more ground balls than fly balls."
Trembley thinks that Uehara let the tight strike zone bother him in Texas and believes he has to adapt game to game to the differing zones of each home plate umpire.
"I sensed some frustration in the game in Texas,'' he said. "He had to work hard to get through some situations. There were some pitchers that were borderline that didn't go his way."
Trembley said tonight's starter, Adam Eaton, needs to finish some hitters quicker tonight to be successful against the White Sox.
"With Eaton, every time I've seen him pitch, the most important inning has been the first,'' Trembley said. "Let's see if we can get some outs earlier in the count."
Trembley on Bartolo Colon: "Colon is predominantly a fastball pitcher. Don't chase it. He's going to try and crowd you and then elevate it. Slow him down. He works fast. He doesn't throw nearly as hard consistently as he used to, but he still throws hard...We have to stay away from helping him, because he'll expand the strike zone."