Matt Harvey pitching in Ft. Myers this week
We made it through the first week of the Florida State League season cruising to a record of 6 -1. We've been pitching really well, hitting the ball decently, and winning...duh. I'm no rookie when it comes to getting out of the gates fast. In Brooklyn (2009) we started out like 23-2. In Savannah last year we started out in first and led the division most of the 1st half. This year, maybe i'm getting over-confident, but I kinda expect to succeed early and often.
We've all heard the old adage "good pitching beats good hitting." Well, it's true. If you don't give up runs, you give your team a chance to win each night. If you give up a bunch of runs it makes it immensely harder for hitters to play from behind. We've been holding the opponents to very few runs, freeing our hitters up to play loose...and score runs. The trick is to keep this going for an entire season. I've seen success early, but i've also seen droughts somewhere in the middle of each season. They happen. They key is to minimize them and spread them out over the long season. If we can stay healthy, I think we have a good chance to do just that.
I'm in a weird funk right now in my bullpens. I can't seem to get a good rhythm making the usually easy side sessions down right frustrating at the moment. I keep watching guys on TV and my teammates go out there and make pitching look so easy. I think to myself "why can't I just go out there and do that?" It's one of those weird mental things that goes along with pitching. I'll get over it and figure it out. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
Come back sinker...please!