If you remember the start of the season if, and I do mean if, a starter got through the fifth - that was a great start.
My how things have changed.
''Absolutely. No question about it,'' he said. ``Throwing with conviction is not just being aggressive. It's believing in what you're doing. It's all a state of mind. I could throw 95 [mph] but . . . it's going to get hit [if] I'm not believing it. But I can throw 85 and believe it, it works.''
Ah, I wonder how many other teams employ a metaphysical approach to pitching.