Saturday, July 31, 2010

Harden Notes

Saturday night's great start by right-hander Rich Harden was helped by the fact that Harden didn't over- analyze things between pitches. He said he's never been that type of pitcher before in his career, but fell into that routine this year. "It helped not thinking too much and going out there and throwing it," Harden said. Saturday night he took the approach of trust your stuff and throw the ball. It worked out to the tune of seven innings, five hits and one run in a 2-1 victory.

Here are a couple of other thoughts from Harden

"It felt good. It's been a long wait, just thinking about getting out there. It's not a good feeling not being able to pitch and not being able to help your team out. I really wanted to go out and be aggressive and put the ball in play."

"Keeping a consistent arm slot makes me more effective as a pitcher. I've had a tendency this year of dropping my arm slot and pushing so my offspeed stuff is either a ball or have a different look to them. Guys can lay off or adjust to it."


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