Q & A with San Diego Padres’ left-handed pitcher Matt Strahm

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A question and answer piece with San Diego Padres’ left-handed pitcher Matt Strahm. 

San Diego Padres camp is in full swing. Left-handed pitcher Matt Strahm spoke with East Village Times this week.

There is no more talk about a dozen eggs and the fact Matt Strahm has put on weight. The focus is on pitching and improving the production from this talented pitcher. The early results are great as Strahm worked well on Tuesday against the A’s.

Strahm reported to camp in basically the same size and shape as he was when the 2019 season ended. Adding weight was not a goal for the pitcher this winter, as he comes into his fifth season in Major League Baseball. The southpaw is focused on helping the team win.

Here is a quick conversation with the pitcher.

How was your offseason? Did you stay in the Phoenix area? 

I worked out here all offseason. It was good.

When did you start to workout and resume baseball activities? 

October (he said with a smile). 

How would you say your outing went yesterday (Tuesday)? Jayce Tingler indicated he wants you to work on a two-seam fastball.

Yesterday was only seven pitches. I didn’t really have time to work.

What are your thoughts about the new three-batter rule?

Yeah. Whatever (he said with a shrug).

What are the main differences for you in being a starter or a relief pitcher when it comes to preparation?

I would just say- as a starter, you have more of a routine. As a reliever- you just show up every day and pitch. In the spring, I have always reported as a starter because you can always go back to the bullpen.

Larry Rothschild is new to the organization. What is your impression of him so far?

His presence. You have a lot to learn from that guy who has been in the game for a while. We had that with Balsley as well. Larry just brings a different perspective and voice.

What is your impression of manager Jayce Tingler?

From his personality, you can tell that he is a gamer. Winning seems to be everything, and that is what you want from a leader.

Jayce Tingler indicated you did a great job of being aggressive in the zone. How much of your game is going right after guys?

I think that has always been who I am. I attack the plate. I am not much of a nibbler. I have a very good defense behind me. I will let them play.

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