You know things are going well when you come into your clubhouse after a game and the music is blasting. We have had a lot of that lately. You like to come in through the door and hear the loud music. It really gets you anxious for that next game.
Last year, for me, was a big confidence boost. I won 10 games, and getting to double digits meant a lot. Confidence means so much. It is so important. It is almost as important as anything else in this game. It helps you thrive.
Coming into this season my goal was simple -- improve from last year. My goals don't get too specific, though, other than maybe allowing fewer walks.
Despite any success that I have enjoyed, I don't take anything for granted. My path has had some twists and turns with different organizations. Nothing was given to me. I have worked hard to achieve success at the big league level, and I am going to continue to work hard to stay here.
Throughout my journey, which included two 13-win seasons at Triple-A, it never really got into my head that I would not get my opportunity in the Major Leagues. For me it was more of a question of "when" not "if." I've always known that I was good enough to pitch in the big leagues. Fortunately, I was never deterred at any point along the way.
I have had two starts this season. Overall, I think my stuff was pretty good both times out.
My first game was against the Red Sox, and they are very good at running up counts on you. My second game was against the Angels. I think in that game I was successful pitching inside and by pitching aggressively. Any pitcher looks to do those things while also trying to keep the ball down in the zone. That makes for a good recipe when you are on the mound.
Indians right-hander Mitch Talbot has allowed two runs in 12 1/3 innings this season. Talbot, a 27-year-old from Utah, was originally selected by the Astros in the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft. In 2010, he pitched in a career-high 28 games.
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