Relaxed Thatcher attacking hitters out of bullpen
LOS ANGELES -- Joe Thatcher this season is pitching like the pitcher D-backs GM Kevin Towers thought he was getting last year when he acquired him from the Padres.
After the July deal, Thatcher compiled a 6.75 ERA, and by the end of the season, the left-handed specialist was struggling against lefties and righties.
In eight appearances this season, Thatcher has a 1.29 ERA.
"Just attacking the strike zone," Thatcher said. "Making pitches, going after guys."
As for his struggles last year, Thatcher said he never lost faith in his ability.
"That wasn't who I was," he said, adding that after going through Spring Training with the D-backs, he now feels more a part of the team than he did last year.
So far, Thatcher has even been effective against right-handers, holding them to two hits in 12 at-bats.