I'm very much interested in the process of pitching.
I was nervous. I know what's at stake.
It was kind of a bittersweet day. My mom was having a tough morning because one child was having surgery and the other had good news.
He is one of my inspirations to keep working hard. He is extremely talented, but he has fallen on some tough times. I think about him a lot when I play.
I'll be ready either way. I'm on my regular routine. I'm not changing a thing.
I didn't really settle down until the fourth inning. It was almost a blessing that it was cold. It made me concentrate on my pitches. I made pitches when I had to. But I wasn't right early in the count.
I knew my role was to come in here and to lay low, to just eat up innings, to pitch any game they needed me to pitch and to just give this team a chance to win every time. It wasn't to come in here and take over the show.
I'm the new guy. My job is to lay low and pitch whatever they need pitched. If I stay in the shadows and eat innings all year, I'll be doing my job.
It's a knack, it's a gift, and there's also a lot of hard work that goes into it. There's a reason you have a .700 career winning percentage. He always gives his team a chance. When he gets on the mound, everybody just has a faith in him. That's the best thing you can do as a starting pitcher: give your team a belief they're going to win that night.
That's winning ugly and just staying alive out there. Sometimes I wonder what I win with. Sometimes it's just pure determination.