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ALCS Game 3: Lance McCullers Jr. postgame interview

October 17, 2017

Q. When you got the word that you were going tomorrow, what were your emotions, your thoughts at that point? LANCE McCULLERS JR.: I was throwing in the field, actually. Because they had told me that I was hot today, just if the situation called for it. So I threw

Q. When you got the word that you were going tomorrow, what were your emotions, your thoughts at that point?
LANCE McCULLERS JR.: I was throwing in the field, actually. Because they had told me that I was hot today, just if the situation called for it. So I threw after the game and Cora came out and Strom came out and told me. But I was aware that Game 4 was a good chance for me. A.J. told me before the series that was most likely going to go at 3 or 4.
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Q. How special is it for you to be out in this situation?
LANCE McCULLERS JR.: It's a big game for us. It's a big game for the team. Yankees have a great home record. And are a great team. And we do the job putting ourself in the situation getting up 2-0. We knew it was going to be hard-fought innings, hard-fought games. It's a big situation to be able to pitch in, put us within a game of the World Series.
Q. After all you've been through in this season?
LANCE McCULLERS JR.: It's awesome. I was here before in 2015, when I had the opportunity to help us get to the ALCS. And I felt good in that game. And I've been feeling like myself a lot more lately, just preparation and the way my body has been feeling. Pretty excited to be probably the best I've been and get the ball.
Q. That's what I was going to ask you. You're back to where you felt like when you were at your best in the first half of the season?
LANCE McCULLERS JR.: Absolutely. The last game in Boston, I know those two runs came across after I got taken out of the game. But up to that point I just felt like I was in control again. I felt like I was dictating the game on my terms a lot more. I felt like I have been in a whirlwind that second half when I've been out there. I just feel confident with my pitches and my stuff again, and I'm ready to go out there tomorrow.

Q. I know it's a different situation, but you were very strong back here in May. Do you take anything away from that start as you prepare for this one?
LANCE McCULLERS JR.: I was pretty good in May this year. Thankfully. But, no, this is a different time. It's a different game. I think the only thing to take away from that is I've already pitched in Yankee Stadium in front of a pretty big crowd. This is New York, this is the biggest and brightest lights. I've already been able to go into that game and come out with success. Tomorrow is a different animal. I don't think anyone is kind of shying away from the magnitude of the revocations that tomorrow can bring. But at the same time I look forward to the challenge.