NLCS: Bowa on signs of trouble

October, 21, 2009
8:35 p.m. ET

Dodgers third base coach Larry Bowa was asked before the game about signs of trouble he'd see for his team once the game began. He pointed out a few things, like hitters swinging at the first pitch and looking jumpy. He also said that if the team gets in an early hole, it would be hard to get back into the game.

"I think it's important we get out to a lead," Bowa said. "I don't think you want to play catch-up. There are too many things going against you: the crowd, their history over there. I'm not saying one or two runs. But if you give up five runs early, it's going to be a big, big, big uphill battle."

Bowa was also asked about hitting coach Don Mattingly's comments to the L.A. Times the other day about how the local media isn't tough enough on the players. Bowa said the media shouldn't necessarily be harder on the players, but that if they are making mental mistakes, it should be pointed out more.

"I'll give you an example," Bowa said. "We had a guy leading off the inning in the eighth, we were down three runs and at 3-0 he swings at a changeup. Then it goes to 3-1 and he swings at another pitch. If you're on the East Coast and you do that? They're going to bury you for that.

"In that aspect of it, I think they have to be a little more critical. I'm not saying get critical when a guy strikes out with the bases loaded or a guy makes an error when the bases are loaded. But if you throw to the wrong base, don't know how many outs there are, miss the cutoff man. Those are all mental mistakes and if you know you're going to get ripped in the paper you won't let it happen. If you know you're getting a free pass? Hey, no big deal."



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