I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
You focus on your end goal — to make the playoffs. You know what you have to accomplish every night to do that. You go out there and try to win that game. It’s a dogfight. When you have this many teams bunched up this tight, it’s almost like the last one standing gets to go to the playoffs.
When you have guys ahead of you who get on base, I don’t care what spot you’re hitting in, you want to take advantage of that and drive them in. Juan Pierre was on base ahead of me. [Jason] Vargas was on base ahead of me. I had some opportunities.
I think someone young with fresh ideas and a different style of baseball will be good for the team. Hopefully, it will be a good fit.
He was coaching us through it, … It’s pretty simple. You’ve got a diamond that represents your line of site. That’s the perfect track you want to be on. There’s a box, and you want to put your box over the diamond and keep it there. As you’re maneuvering the space shuttle you want to stay on that diamond.
That’s just a little more than a third of an inning more per start. My goal is to be more consistent, and I know I’m capable of that. There were a lot of games when I either had a lead or I fell behind early. I want to be the type of pitcher that can pitch for a long time and keep his team in a tight game.
It was the same thing the whole outing. I was having trouble with my release point and getting the ball where I needed to. There is definitely something that is not quite right.
It really did happen very quick. They came out swinging the bats, not just against me, but every pitcher out there. They didn’t get deep into a lot of counts. I left pitches up, and good hitters are going to hit pitches like that.
It happened very quickly. I didn’t make good pitches and I left the ball up. It’s very disappointing. The team put a lot of confidence in me, giving the ball in this situation. Everyone in that clubhouse was confident. But we aren’t going to walk away hanging out heads.
If he gets three hits and doesn’t score any runs, that’s fine with me.
I was confident I could throw that pitch for a strike. He froze on it. If I can drop that ball in there, we’re not even talking about that pitch right there.
I just didn’t have anything. It’s too bad you have one of those days on that type of day where there’s a lot on the line. It’s disappointing.