Inside Pitch Magazine: Are you overly pleased or displeased with the season you've had in New Orleans?
Philip Humber: At times, I've been really pleased and at times, I've been really disappointed just in my performance. But it's all a learning experience and that's what we're here for. It's a matter of taking the good with the bad and learning what you can from each start, and I think I've done quite a bit of learning this year. Hopefully, that's going to help me in the future.
Inside Pitch: What are you working on specifically, and what do you feel you need to do to move back up to New York?
Humber: I don't really look at it like that (being recalled); moving up is really out of my control. But in order to be a better pitcher, I guess I've got to do a better job of keeping the ball down. I would say that when you look at my numbers, if you take away some of the home runs, my year looks a lot different statistically. Keeping the fastball down is the main thing that I have to work on. In turn, you'll give up a lot fewer home runs and hopefully a lot less runs, which leads to more wins. That's the main thing in the big leagues: wins.
Inside Pitch: Are you happy with the work you've put in to keep the ball down these last few weeks?
Humber: My last time out (Aug. 22), it was really good. It's just a matter of focus. The starts before that, I'd done a bad job of it. It's nothing I can do about it now; it's just a matter of being more consistent with it.
Inside Pitch: You carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning in your most recent start. How did your arm feel afterward?
Humber: I felt fine honestly. I was a little tired physically. Throwing 120 pitches is something I've never done here. I used to do it all the time in college, which might have been good or bad. But the next day, I felt great.
Inside Pitch: Did anyone from the front office say anything to you afterward?
Humber: No, I think they knew as soon as I gave up a hit that they were going to get me out of there. With Rick Waits being here as our minor league pitching coordinator, he was kind of able to give the go-ahead for me to keep going.
Inside Pitch: How much were you thinking about the no-hitter as the game went deeper?
Humber: I think once you get through the middle innings, you start thinking about it more and more. You see how far you can take it and then once you get to the ninth inning, you start really thinking that it might happen. Even if you pitch a really good game sometimes, balls will fall in that probably shouldn't. You're going to give up hard hits every game, but to have an opportunity to go out and close the deal was pretty fun for me.
Inside Pitch: This is the most innings you've logged in your career to date. How has your arm and elbow held up under the strain?
Humber: Awesome. My biggest goal coming into the season was to make as many starts as I could, to throw as many innings as I could, and to gain as much experience as I could. My arm has felt great the whole time and I've been able to go out and at least keep my pitch count down every time. Maybe I haven't thrown as many innings as I would like sometimes, but it's been a good year.
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