Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Rangers BBTN: Neftali Feliz stops by
By Bryan Dolgin
Bengie Molina was reliable member of the 2010 American League Champion Texas Rangers, and although no longer with the team, has impacted the 2011 Rangers.
Last night, you may have heard the pregame interview with Molina or heard about his pregame conversation with closer Neftali Feliz. After a solid outing last night in which Feliz used a variety of pitches en route to the win, I talked to Feliz today for the pregame interview.
Neftali Feliz talks about Tuesday's win, old teammate Bengie Molina, mixing pitches and more with Bryan Dolgin on Rangers Magazine.
“Last year, he helped me a lot,” Feliz said when talking about Molina through the Rangers Spanish radio broadcaster Eleno Ornelas. “He was a big help for me in the part of the season that he was with us last year. He told me the same as last year. Just be confident in my pitches. Don’t be afraid to use any pitches in any count.”
While working as a starting pitcher in spring training, Feliz complemented his fastball with his curveball, change-up and even a cutter. In the regular season, he’s primarily featured his fastball.
“At the end of spring training, they told me I’m going to be the closer. It’s a different mindset," Feliz said. "You have to rely more on getting the quick outs. Instead of using all pitches, just come in and get them as soon as you can. That’s why there’s a big difference.”
In the pregame interview, Feliz talked about his Tuesday night win, Molina -- who was in town to receive his AL Championship ring -- mixing up his pitches, spring training to now, confidence, the trades for Koji Uehara and Mike Adams, and pitching with “fire” as pointed out by Ron Washington and Nolan Ryan.