I feel good right now throwing the ball. Number one, I'm healthy. When I combine good health with good arm action and good defense behind me, the results are usually there for me.
We have a great blend of pitchers right now on our starting staff. These guys -- Barry Zito, Matt Cain, Noah Lowry and Russ Ortiz -- are just outstanding guys on and off the field. We're having a blast competing against opponents and each other. We push each other and it's working well.
When we had the 10-game winning streak, we were feeding off one another. Whether the guy before you is coming off a great game or not, you're going to try and put up good numbers. But it's always better when the team and the starters have a streak going. It makes you want to put up zeroes even more.
Of course, it's pretty hard to keep up with Matt Cain. He's been a dominant force for us and a lot of fun to watch.
This is my 10th big-league season. Through the surgeries, time, wear and tear, the velocity decreases after a while. I compensate for that with more sink and with more cutters now. I also try and pitch more now, rather than just throw. Back when I started with the Cardinals, I had better stuff and I just threw the ball.
AT&T Park is known as a pitcher's park, but I guess that you can only classify it as a pitcher's park if you keep the ball down. As a sinker guy, my key is to keep getting the batters to hit the ball on the ground. Hopefully, I don't have to use the park as much as other guys.
Some guys are more fly ball-type pitchers and the stadium can work to their advantage. For me, I'm just trying to get groundballs. Getting groundballs is an indication that I'm on. My key is to get them to put the ball in play early in the count and to try and be efficient as I get through a game.
Looking forward, I just want to be reliable. I want to take the ball every fifth day. If I do that, and keep my team in the game, it all works out.
Veteran starter Matt Morris is 3-1 with a 3.34 ERA through his first five starts this season. In his career, the 6-foot-5 native of Middletown, N.Y., has a 114-79 mark over 11 seasons with the Giants and Cardinals.
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