When you lose velocity off of your fastball, one thing that suffers is your off-speed pitches - the action on your off-speed pitches. Once you lose arm speed, it takes away rotation from your off-speed pitches. The rotation is what gives them the sharpness and the nastiness.
I really can't complain about anything. I'm living a childhood dream and I have a perfect family. There's really nothing that I'm disappointed with.
Ever since I was a little kid, the last thing I wanted to do was lose. I hated losing. I still hate it. I guess you can see that when I'm out there.
My dad always told me to play hard and know that the people you're competing with and against are working just as hard or harder. So don't let them out-work you.
I love pitching in front of big crowds and in huge stadiums.
I know winning 20 is a special kind of thing, but I'd rather get into the playoffs, and be strong for the playoffs.
One thing that I learned is this - once a Braves fan, always a Braves fan. No matter what. And as a player, that means more than you could understand.
I've matured a lot as a pitcher. I understand what my strengths are. I've learned that I've got a great sinker, I get a lot of ground balls, and it's easy to get a ground-ball double play.
Hitters are too big, too strong, and their bats are too quick. I have to go inside to have success.
Because I have so much life on my pitches, I can get away with getting too much of the plate every now and then.
I look at scouting reports, but don't let them dictate what I'm throwing.
I'm a tough guy, and I like pitching in tough games.
I practice on the acoustic guitar a little bit, but I think I have reached the peak of my talent.
Maybe these kids are just too young and too dumb to know about the first 13. Maybe they can't comprehend that the Braves have only won one World Series in those 13 years.
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