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TORONTO – Before Wednesdays series finale with the Red Sox, TSN. Adidas Andrew Cogliano Jersey .ca sat down with two Blue Jays veterans to get their thoughts on the August collapse. One is Adam Lind, one of the longest tenured Blue Jays, whos seen this before. The other is R.A. Dickey, in his second year in Toronto, whos been a part of two Blue Jays teams that havent lived up to expectations. But first, heres Episode 19 of The Baseball Podcast. The Toronto Stars Richard Griffin, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com and I discuss the Jays August swoon, Jose Bautistas future in Toronto and more. Listen here: Now, todays conversations: R.A. DICKEY TSN.ca: I want to ask you the shortest and simplest question but it might be the most complicated answer: whats happened here? DICKEY: Well, I dont know if its a past tense question. TSN.ca: Whats happening? DICKEY: Yeah. I think its hard to identify. I think some of its probably the nature of the game. You know, its such a streaky game. Ive said that for a long time and we havent been able to arrest, for whatever reason, we havent been able to arrest the downward spiral that weve been in presently. Thats some of it. Some of its that we havent been pitching as well - Im talking about myself - as well as Im capable of pitching. We havent been playing very fundamental baseball recently. A lot of those things add up to you being in a place where you dont enjoy the result. Weve still got a little over a month left and anythings possible. TSN.ca: I look at your first inning (Tuesday) night and I think to myself, May, every hit-and-run ground ball found a hole for you guys when it was going well. You strike out the lead-off hitter. Josh (Thole), whos been brilliant handling you this year, with the unfortunate passed ball and then Pedroia turns it into the two-run home run and youre just thinking to yourself, why not at this point? How do you internalize that on the mound? Youve obviously got to push ahead and focus on the next hitter but you must, in that moment, be thinking, what next? DICKEY: Theres a trap there. I mean theres a trap for every professional baseball player there that says, ‘Here we go again. Youve really got to take a moment, collect yourself and say Im not going to give into that mentality and I tried to do that the best I could and, thankfully I was able to put up five zeroes after that against a pretty good line-up. That line-up is a pretty good line-up on paper, more so than it was a month ago. Youve really got to be locked in. I felt I was able to get to that place where I was able to repeat my delivery and throw good knuckleballs and maybe I should just pretend, as I start the game, that Ive already given up three runs. I think I might have some better results. It seems like thats been a pattern, at least over the last couple of months, is Ill give up early runs and then have some shutdown innings instead of having shutdown innings the whole time. Its heartbreaking on one hand that you fought so hard and youre fighting so hard to stay in it and yet you dont see the results that you hope for, because you know youre so close and how hard it is to be one of those eight teams to make the postseason, you know how hard that is and to be so close is tough. TSN.ca: Stay with me on this: nothing really happens at the deadline and there were some players, some veterans, in advance of that who were clamouring for a move or moves to be made. My interpretation of that is, ‘We need a little more to make us better. You could interpret that as thinking, were not quite good enough at this moment, but if we get something or some pieces, well get there. Do you run the risk at this point of that becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy? Guys who wanted the moves, they dont happen, then you look at the August results and it reinforces what you believed about who you guys were in late July? DICKEY: Yeah, you know, I think you certainly could deduce that. Thats a good hypothesis, I think. I mean, because, and look Ill be the first one to say that Im sure the front office wanted to make moves, but for whatever reason it just didnt, it couldnt make it happen. Whether it was financial reasons, whether it was not the right prospects or youre not willing to give up Stroman, youre not willing to give up Sanchez, whatever the reasons were, Im sure they wanted to make a move to make us better. They just couldnt find a good match. Sure, everybody in here wanted help. I think thats natural, just like everybody on every team thats competing is looking over their shoulder thinking, are we going to get another bullet in the gun? Thats a natural thing. Itd be foolish to say that nobody cared about it. Of course, they cared about it. I feel like we have a professionalism - and still do - the professionalism in here to forget that didnt happen and forge ahead. Im going to choose to believe that that didnt have an adverse effect on the culture of this clubhouse and what we produced on the field. Im going to choose that. Other people may say differently and you can certainly, as someone on the outside looking in, deduce that it does seem that, if you look at it, around that time we started to tank. I choose not to believe that. Its a combination of a lot of different things. Whether its not playing as fundamentally sound as we did early on; not getting that break that you need in baseball; not pitching as well as were capable, both in the rotation and out of the ‘pen; theres so many different things, not hitting home runs in August. Its those things and not the other for me because those are tangible things. TSN.ca: Part of it, I guess, from your perspective, you could look and say, we fell way behind in Chicago on that Sunday and almost came back and won; (Tuesday) night you were down early, you held them and the offence chipped away and you went to extra innings. Even though it would appear it because youre 6-16 in August, youre not giving up in individual games. DICKEY: No, no. Anybody that thinks that is not a true competitor and hasnt experienced that part of it. You would never give up. To your earlier point about the trade deadline and nothing happening there, allow me to give you a brief insight, Im not ever out there thinking on the mound, ‘Crap, we didnt get something done, Im just going to throw in the towel here while Im pitching. That is asinine. Thats why Im saying I refuse to believe it was that. Once you get on the field, all that crap goes away, I mean it does, it melts away. Its you and the game, whoever youve got out there and its about execution, its about pitching well, its about getting big hits, about playing good defence and fundamental baseball regardless of who you have out there or whats been done or hasnt been done or what this persons saying or that persons saying. All of that melts away for me as a professional when I get out there in the dugout. TSN.ca: So wed agree the results in August have not been good enough. Youre not winning. How do you, when you come here every single day, tell yourself as a group or as an individual that were good enough to turn this thing around? DICKEY: Well, you look backwards and you see what we were capable of and you know that if you look around its pretty much the same team outside of Brett Lawrie. Its like anything, when you want the confidence that you can do something a lot of times, you have to look backwards in the rearview mirror and look at what youve already accomplished. I think thats what we know were capable of. Every time I go out to the mound and I dont have a great outing, I look back at all the good outings Ive had and say thats what Im capable of and that helps me push ahead to the next outing and try to get better from that. I think thats how we do it. I think we remember how good we really are and try to get some of that swagger back and some of that confidence back and start attacking guys. Like I said, we still have a good number of games left to at least make it interesting. ADAM LIND TSN.ca: I think a while back, Adam, you saw a light at the end of the tunnel and now its almost September and you could just tack another year on to the calendar and it would be like other years. LIND: The difference between other years and this year is we believed. I think everyone believed, whereas in other years, we just kind of hovered around .500 for the most part. It was just so late in the season. I mean, at the deadline, we were still probably a favourite to make the playoffs and now to see where we ended up is just disheartening. TSN.ca: Does it hurt more because of the hope? LIND: Yeah. Another year older; another year of the same result. I mean, its not over, but we havent played very well in any phase of the game. We need to flip the switch dramatically, starting today, if we want to make the playoffs. TSN.ca: Youre at a point in your career, age-wise, where you probably see as much in the rearview mirror as you do ahead. Does your perspective change? I guess youre really realizing now you cant take these years for granted because each one that doesnt involve a playoff opportunity is another one missed. LIND: Well, theres definitely no more covers of Baseball America in my future or the notes at the bottom of the page. Yeah, it sucks with how the division has turned out being so weak in theory. Its tough. TSN.ca: You were hurt. Edwin was hurt. There was a lot of talk about Adams going to get back, Edwins going to get back, Bretts going to get back and he did, but then he went down again. Was it a little too hopeful to believe that just because you guys would be returning those would be, effectively, acquisitions that would turn things around? LIND: When youre struggling, youre looking for something. The fans, it gives them hope. It gives the team hope. Were kind of the heart of the order, so I guess you can hang your hat on it, but it happens to every team and its a team, so one players not going to change things. I think, what else was there to talk about? It was a way to give the fans hope that the seasons not over and when we get back, start rolling again. I didnt come back in the best situation. I came back for Seattle, which was Iwakuma and some good pitching, and with a few days off and National League series I didnt play for another week, so I played like four games and had a week off again and here I am. TSN.ca: Do you think this team, despite how its gone in the last month, month and a half, is this team still really close? LIND: To making the playoffs? TSN.ca: Not this year but are you a player or two away? LIND: If you look at our, I dont know where I saw it, were last in hitting and 27th in pitching, so Id say were more than a couple of pieces away. TSN.ca: But you werent earlier in the year. After May, I mean May was crazy but even into the All-Star Break you guys were top five, top seven in most of the important offensive categories and there was a suggestion at that point that what youd produced was pretty sustainable because three months is not really a mistake. But now its totally fallen off the horse so how do you assess it? LIND: Well, I mean me and Eddie were gone, Bretts gone, Nolan Reimolds gone. The things that we were hoping would do well and he missed three weeks or whatever it was. You know, things just havent worked out. Adidas Korbinian Holzer Jersey . 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St. Louis got home runs from Matt Holliday and pinch-hitter Shane Robinson -- the first of the NL championship series -- and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Tuesday night for a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven playoff. The Cardinals have lost the NLCS both times they owned such a commanding lead, most recently last season when they dropped three in a row to San Francisco, the eventual World Series winner. "Thats something that we thought last year -- up 3-1 and all we have to do is win one more and were there," closer Trevor Rosenthal said. "But that didnt work out, so weve just got to keep the same approach." With a quick turnaround for Game 5 Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles, the Dodgers will try to forget the loss, and hope the Cardinals remember their recent past failures. "We get into a Game 7, those things (losing a 3-1 lead) will creep into their heads over there," Dodgers infielder Adrian Gonzalez said. "Our goal is definitely to push this to a Game 7." Joe Kelly will start Game 5 for the Cardinals, looking to clinch their 19th pennant. The Dodgers will turn to Zack Greinke, and if he can help deliver a win, theyll call on ace Clayton Kershaw for a potential Game 6 back in St. Louis. "Ive got one of the best pitchers in baseball pitching tomorrow," manager Don Mattingly said. "If we come out here and play well tomorrow and get a win, Ive probably got the best pitcher in baseball pitching the next day." The Dodgers hope star shortstop Hanley Ramirez can again start despite a broken left rib. He left in the middle of the sixth after striking out three times. "It felt worse than yesterday," Ramirez said. "It makes me angry." Cardinals infielder David Freese came out after six innings for defence. He left Mondays game with a cramp in his right calf, but manager Mike Matheny said Freese was fine. In a series starved for offence, the Cardinals scored as many runs as they did in the first three games combined, when the teams totalled nine. Hitless in his previous 22 at-bats at Dodger Stadium, Holliday drove a two-run shot off Ricky Nolasco an estimated 426 feet to left field, capping a three-run third inning that gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. "Thats about as good as I can hit one," said Holliday, who was 0 for 13 in the series before connecting. "I wasnt really doubting my swing at all. I felt actually really good with myy at-bats. Wholesale Ducks Jerseys. Sometimes in this game you dont always get the results that you want even if you feel like youre having good at-bats, so I just wanted to stay with it," he said. Seeking a second World Series title in three years, St. Louis turned three important double plays and picked off a runner at second base in the seventh. Defensive standout Pete Kozma, inserted at shortstop in the sixth, started a difficult double play and darted in to complete the pickoff. "A great heads-up play by him," Matheny said. "Then it has to be natural instincts and athleticism by (reliever) Carlos Martinez, and I dont know many guys pull that off. He has such athletic moves. Hes quick in everything he does. Then to have the guts to wheel and let it fly like that in a game like we have right now, its off the charts." Second baseman Matt Carpenter also keyed St. Louis sharp work with the gloves, one night after some sloppy play was costly in a 3-0 defeat. Carpenter had an RBI double in the third that scored Descalso, who hit a leadoff single. Carpenter came around on Hollidays homer after there were none in the first three games for the first time in NLCS history. Martinez pitched two scoreless innings to help nail down the win for starter Lance Lynn, who allowed two runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out five and walked three. Trevor Rosenthal got three outs for his second save in the series. After a leadoff single by Andre Ethier in the ninth, Yasiel Puig grounded into a double play. Juan Uribe struck out to end it, leaving the Dodgers on the brink of elimination. Robinsons home run bounced off the top of the wall in left field on a 1-0 pitch from J.P. Howell with one out in the seventh, extending the Cardinals lead to 4-2. "For a little guy, hes got surprising power," Holliday said. "I mean, honestly, hes got some thump." The Dodgers were down 4-2 in the seventh when Nick Punto doubled with one out. Martinez, however, picked off Punto before throwing another pitch and then retired Carl Crawford on an inning-ending groundout. "It was a lonely place to be," Punto said. Trailing 3-2, the Dodgers put the potential tying run on base in the sixth when Puig singled to chase Lynn. Uribe grounded into a double play against Seth Maness to end the inning. Nolasco allowed three runs and three hits in four innings. He struck out four and walked one. "I felt my stuff was good for the most part," he said. "Just that one pitch was the difference in the game." ' ' '

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