Prospect Pulse: Lirette Sits-Down with 'ITD'

Chase Lirette is beginning his 2007 season the same way he left off in 2006. The right-hander has made three starts and has allowed just one earned run over 18 1/3 innings. Chad Hillman, of InsideTheDome.com, recently sat down with Chase to get his thoughts after the first month of the season.

InsideTheDome: Chase, the first question is about your repertoire. What pitches do you feature?

Chase Lirette: I have a four seam fastball, a two seam fastball, a curveball, a changeup and a splitter.

InsideTheDome: You are transitioning to a starting role vs. a reliever this year. When is the last time that you started?

Chase Lirette: I started some last year in Auburn. I started for about half the season for them last year. I'm trying to get back into the routine of doing it. Before that, I hadn't started since my sophomore year in college.

InsideTheDome: When did it become apparent to you that you were going to enter the rotation this year vs. coming out of the pen?

Chase Lirette: I really didn't know to much coming into this year. I thought they would start me this year because I started pretty good for Auburn last year, and I thought that they would at least give me another shot at it. I have the same ideas starting as I did coming out of the bullpen. Just come into the game, throw strikes and try to get the other team out.

InsideTheDome: How has working with your pitching coach Tom Signore been for you during this transition?

Chase Lirette: He's great. Every time that there is a problem, he is the first one there. He knows everything about my mechanics better than I do. He is right there by me if something is wrong and he tells me what it is and he knows how to fix it. He's definitely a great asset to have.

InsideTheDome: Going back to your repertoire, you throw quite a few pitches for a reliever. Do you feel that played a part in the decision to make you a starter?

Chase Lirette: I think that was part of the deal with it. Like I said, I don't know why they wanted me to start but I'm willing to do what ever it is that they want me to do. If they want me to start, I will start. If they want me to come out of the bullpen, then I will come out of the bullpen. It is their call.

InsideTheDome: Now that the weather is starting to break a little bit, you are finally able to start getting into a routine. How difficult was it for you to see your opening home stand cancelled and having your starts continually pushed back?

Chase Lirette: The weather plays a little bit of a part in it, but for the most part you have to go at it like you would any other game. Anything can happen. You can get a snow out or you can get a rain out. You just try to keep the same routine and keep the same momentum going. You try your best to keep it the same and that is the best that you can do.

InsideTheDome: Coming in here as a starter, have you had to change your daily routine? You're going from a role where you have to come to the park ready to pitch every day vs. being in a situation where you know exactly when you are going to throw.

Chase Lirette: Yes, it is totally different. Starters and relievers have two different programs. As a reliever you have to come to the ballpark ready to throw every day where as a starter you know that you are going to be out there every fifth day and every day before that is preparation leading up to your next start. It's a lot different.

InsideTheDome: I watched you in your first start in Midland against Great Lakes and you won, but the offense only got two hits. With the weather heating up, the offense seems to be heating up and that is something that you guys have to like seeing as a staff.

Chase Lirette: It takes a little bit of stress off of you. Basically it helps you just go out there and throw strikes. We've got a good defense behind us.

InsideTheDome: How do you feel you are fitting in with your catchers? Do you feel that they know what you like to do in certain situations?

Chase Lirette: For the most part they know how to handle everybody on our staff. They worked really hard in spring training. With the little bit of time that we have had here, they know everybody's pitches, they know what they can do and they know what they are capable of. All three of them (Jaspe, Bormaster and Liuzza), are good catchers and call a good game.

InsideTheDome: Last question for you. Have you thought about or established any goals for yourself this year?

Chase Lirette: Basically I just want to go out there and give it my best. That's the one thing that I can control. I just want to go out there and throw strikes. God is behind me and everything that happens is going to happen because of him, not because of me. I'm going to just go out there and do my best and give all the glory to God.


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n InsideTheDome: \tChase, the first question is about your repertoire. What pitches do you feature?

\r\n\r\nChase Lirette: I have a four seam fastball, a two seam fastball, a curveball, a changeup and a splitter.\r\n

\r\n InsideTheDome:\tYou are transitioning to a starting role vs. a reliever this year. When is the last time that you started?

\r\n\r\nChase Lirette: I started some last year in Auburn. I started for about half the season for them last year. I'm trying to get back into the routine of doing it. Before that, I hadn't started since my sophomore year in college.\r\n

\r\n InsideTheDome:\tWhen did it become apparent to you that you were going to enter the rotation this year vs. coming out of the pen?

\r\n\r\nChase Lirette: I really didn't know to much coming into this year. I thought they would start me this year because I started pretty good for Auburn last year, and I thought that they would at least give me another shot at it. I have the same ideas starting as I did coming out of the bullpen. Just come into the game, throw strikes and try to get the other team out.\r\n

\r\n InsideTheDome:\tHow has working with your pitching coach Tom Signore been for you during this transition?

\r\n\r\nChase Lirette: He's great. Every time that there is a problem, he is the first one there. He knows everything about my mechanics better than I do. He is right there by me if something is wrong and he tells me what it is and he knows how to fix it. He's definitely a great asset to have.\r\n

\r\n InsideTheDome:\tGoing back to your repertoire, you throw quite a few pitches for a reliever. Do you feel that played a part in the decision to make you a starter?

\r\n\r\nChase Lirette: I think that was part of the deal with it. Like I said, I don't know why they wanted me to start but I'm willing to do what ever it is that they want me to do. If they want me to start, I will start. If they want me to come out of the bullpen, then I will come out of the bullpen. It is their call.\r\n

\r\n InsideTheDome:\tNow that the weather is starting to break a little bit, you are finally able to start getting into a routine. How difficult was it for you to see your opening home stand cancelled and having your starts continually pushed back?\r\n

\r\nChase Lirette: The weather plays a little bit of a part in it, but for the most part you have to go at it like you would any other game. Anything can happen. You can get a snow out or you can get a rain out. You just try to keep the same routine and keep the same momentum going. You try your best to keep it the same and that is the best that you can do.\r\n

\r\n InsideTheDome: Coming in here as a starter, have you had to change your daily routine? You're going from a role where you have to come to the park ready to pitch every day vs. being in a situation where you know exactly when you are going to throw.

\r\n\r\nChase Lirette: Yes, it is totally different. Starters and relievers have two different programs. As a reliever you have to come to the ballpark ready to throw every day where as a starter you know that you are going to be out there every fifth day and every day before that is preparation leading up to your next start. It's a lot different.\r\n

\r\n InsideTheDome: I watched you in your first start in Midland against Great Lakes and you won, but the offense only got two hits. With the weather heating up, the offense seems to be heating up and that is something that you guys have to like seeing as a staff.

\r\n\r\nChase Lirette: It takes a little bit of stress off of you. Basically it helps you just go out there and throw strikes. We've got a good defense behind us.\r\n

\r\n InsideTheDome:\tHow do you feel you are fitting in with your catchers? Do you feel that they know what you like to do in certain situations?

\r\n\r\nChase Lirette: For the most part they know how to handle everybody on our staff. They worked really hard in spring training. With the little bit of time that we have had here, they know everybody's pitches, they know what they can do and they know what they are capable of. All three of them (Jaspe, Bormaster and Liuzza), are good catchers and call a good game.\r\n

\r\n InsideTheDome: Last question for you. Have you thought about or established any goals for yourself this year?

\r\n\r\nChase Lirette: Basically I just want to go out there and give it my best. That's the one thing that I can control. I just want to go out there and throw strikes. God is behind me and everything that happens is going to happen because of him, not because of me. I'm going to just go out there and do my best and give all the glory to God.\t

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