Derek McDaid: I didn't even realize that. It was good that the coaches had the confidence to keep throwing me out there. I wish I was a little more consistent. This year, I want to be more consistent than I was in the past. It felt like last year I would pitch great than in the next game give up a couple of runs – so I want to be more consistent. It was good getting out there all the time. I stayed healthy all year and hopefully I can do that again this year.
How did the signing process with the Padres occur?
Derek McDaid: I graduated out of UNC-Charlotte, undrafted, and then I went to a couple of tryouts. One of my old pitching coaches was a Padres scout. He got me the invite to the tryout and it went from there.
You came into the season working on consistency, but is there a specific pitch you need to improve?
Derek McDaid: Last year, I really tried to better my changeup. When I first started, my changeup was too hard and getting hit pretty hard. I worked hard all off-season to make my changeup better so I am trying to do that a little more. My slider – I am working on that too. But mainly, the changeup as my secondary pitch and the slider to finish guys. I want to be able to throw my changeup slower and more consistently.
Is that a pitch that will be used against left-handers? It seemed like left-handers had some success off you.
Derek McDaid: I had some trouble, especially early on, with getting left-handers out. I think a lot had to do with throwing inside to lefties, not so much the changeup. When I would throw the changeup to lefties I would get outs. When I was throwing inside, I was getting right in there. My pitches would come back over the plate and that is when it was hurting me.
You saw success with runners in scoring position – is there a different approach in those situations?
Derek McDaid: Obviously – when there are guys on base, you want to keep the score the same and don't want to be giving up runs. You want to bear down and make sure that guy on second base doesn't score on a single or get a ground ball to turn a double play. Bear down and make sure that guy doesn't get in.
You came in with an unreal 36 inherited runners and just 13 scored. We are talking about saving someone else's runs and not yours.
Derek McDaid: Really? I didn't even realize this stuff. It is mind-blowing. You never want to give up other people's runs. You come in with the bases loaded or two guys on and one out – they are happy when they don't go in. It is good to pick up other guys because you want other guys to pick you up when you have a rough outing and leave a couple of guys on.
What is going to make for a successful rest of the season for Derek McDaid?
Derek McDaid: Be more consistent. String together, instead of two or three good outings, five or six and keep going off that. Be able to locate inside against everybody. Last year, early on, I was trying to throw a little too hard. Let off, allow the sink of my ball to get ground balls – throw two-seams and let them beat it into the ground.
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