Q: What is the last 24 hours like when you have to wait to get out on the mound?
A: It's exciting. This is what you play all year for is the postseason, the start of a new season now.
Q: What was the impact of your team meeting last month with Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright?
A: I wasn't a part of that meeting. ... But I was able to get the gist of it in more of a one-on-one meeting with those two. ... Chris hasn't been able to pitch for us all year, but he's been a big part of the team, helping not only myself, but some of the younger pitchers that are coming up and doing good things for us.
Q: When the postseason starts do you try to convince yourself it's a regular-season start?
A: This is what you're looking for. So to be here at this time, you know what it's all about. ... You're just thinking about one thing, and that is getting the job done for your team and giving them a chance to win.