Q: With the change in pitching coaches, how soon did you get to talk to the new coach Rick Kranitz?
A: He called pretty soon after he signed just to reach out and get that first communication. He let me know where he was at, what he expected of me. It was pretty lenient. Everything looks good, so I look forward to working with him.
Q: Throughout your career people have talked about your command. I know you’re sick of it. But when you look back and see percentage of first pitch strikes and what could be done differently, what do you say to yourself?
A: For me, it's just staying more consistent with my mentality. "Aggressive" is the way I usually put it. I have to prepare my body to do that 100-plus times, 30 times a year. If it's a day game on a Sunday and I'm grinding through a tough inning, just being able to lock down and know that I'm a couple pitches from getting away from it.
Q: Last year, throwing the change-up as frequently as you did, how much could that help you this year?
A: Seeing that success with the increase in change-up usage was pretty big in the first half of the season. I need to use my change-up that much more because I know how important it is. Being able to use the change-up broadens up my repertoire. I'll be able to approach spring and approach the season differently now.
Q: Have you kept up with what else is going on in the division?
A: Yeah, I've seen all the different moves. I watch MLB Network here and there. We came in first place, and now everyone behind us is trying to make some moves to catch up, so it's intriguing.