Gwyn is 1-0 with a 1.95 ERA over his first 30 appearances, holding the opposition to a .185 average with runners in scoring position.
What has been the key to your success this year?
Marcus Gwyn: Just getting ahead of the hitters and trying to execute my pitches. I am trying to just stay relaxed out there.
When did you learn that pitching would be your calling growing up?
Marcus Gwyn: I learned pitching would be my thing probably in the eighth ground when I tried out for football and the head coach of football was the baseball coach at my high school. He told me to quit football and play baseball so I figured it out pretty quick.
You have pitched extremely well with runners on base - how does your approach change when runners reach base?
Marcus Gwyn: If someone gets on I am usually thinking, ‘get the double play.' I keep the ball down and I am not thinking about striking everyone out like I sometimes felt like I had to before. Not trying to do too much and trying to get them out on their own.
You have always had a couple saves each season but have never really been in the closer's role for the whole year but lately it seems you are that guy.
Marcus Gwyn: When things are going well I don't think there is any more pressure than any other time. As long as you are going out and doing your job everyday – relaxing and doing what you are supposed the pressure really isn't there.
Your walks are down this year from a year ago - is it a particular pitch that you have better command of that has resulted in more strikes?
Marcus Gwyn: The fastball to both sides of the plate and working ahead. If you get ahead, you tend not to walk anybody. That is what I am trying not to do.
Your wife works as a physical therapist - have you been able to draw on her knowledge to stay healthy?
Marcus Gwyn: She works with me every night when I come home from the game. She asks me if I want my arm worked on or rubbed. She just wants to help out and I think it is does help. I have stayed out of the training room as much as I can that way.