Coming to a new team this season made me really want to get off to a good start. One of the best parts about being on the Brewers' staff is that everyone here believes in my pitching abilities. I'm feeling confident, too.
I'm pleased with my start. I feel really good when I'm on the mound. There were a couple starts where I struggled with command of my fastball, but other than that, in the big picture, I've been doing well for my new team.
Like almost everyone in the game, I've been on several clubs (Montreal/Washington, Arizona) so adjusting to a new environment isn't that difficult. The best thing to do right away is to get to know everyone. It helps me become a little more comfortable in the clubhouse and, in turn, it helps me be comfortable on the mound.
Pitching for Arizona and winning 12 games last year was a big confidence booster coming into this season. I had never won that many games before. Now, I want to keep improving as I throw more innings.
Players can look at trades in different ways. Some guys look at it as one team doesn't want you anymore, but another team really wants you. Getting traded, though, is all part of the business of the game.
I don't view the trade this past winter as Arizona not wanting me or Milwaukee really wanting me. It is what it is and I have no problem with it. I'll go out and play hard for whatever team I'm on. What's in the past is in the past.
Milwaukee right-handed starter Claudio Vargas, who turns 29 this week, is 5-1 with a 3.86 ERA for the NL Central's upstart Brewers this season. The Dominican right-hander also has 60 strikeouts over 67 2/3 innings.
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