Between Luke French's first start with Seattle and his second, which comes tonight, manaer Don Wakamatsu made a telephone call to Detroit and Jim Leyland.
"Jim had a lof of nice things to say about French, he liked his makeup, his stuff," Wakamatsu said. "He said one of the things to watch for was first-pitch focus."
Much of the damage done against French is done on his first pitch to any particular hitter, Wakamatsu said.
The other issue is whether French can be converted into a starting pitcher capable of getting deep into a game.
"We're looking for seven, eight innings from starters, not five innings," Wakamatsu said. "Five innings won't do it."
That's going to be a transition for French, who has thrown 100 pitches just once in his career and pitched six innings once in his six starts.
Last week, he threw 89 pitches in five innings at Kansas City and won.
Like all rookies, French is a work-in-progress and, now that he's with a new organization, both he and the Mariners will be patient during the introduction.
GM Jack Zduriencik and his scouts did their homework before the trade was made - Jarrod Washburn for French and minor league lefty Mauricio Robles.
Now, Wakamatsu has done his, using Leyland's eyes to see things in French the Mariners haven't had the opportunity to observe first hand.
Tonight is the second step in a journey to help make French the pitcher Seattle believes he can be.