Those guys, obviously, are not the only guys who have contributed. On the whole, we have had good pitching and defense, and for myself as a pitcher, I will never underestimate good defense. We have good defense on the whole, including some guys in the outfield who can really track the ball down.
On the mound, I feel really good. I developed a different breaking ball in Spring Training, and that has really been a big help to me. I have had some pretty good movement on my fastball -- a lot of late movement -- and I have had success with my two-seam fastball. To command four pitches and to throw them at any point in the count really helps you as a pitcher.
Physically, I feel as good as I ever have. I am 33 years old now, and I will be 34 in August, but I feel as good as I did when I was 25. I had success a few years ago before my injuries, and maybe I am down a little in velocity, but I feel like I make up that with better command. Going back to 2005, when I won 18 games and made the All-Star team one year later, I did not have the cut-fastball and the breaking ball like I have now. So, those are two new tools to help keep hitters off balance even more.
It was also during the time that I was injured that I sat back and really learned a lot by watching. As you get older in this game, you really hope you can stay healthy. As I have gotten more experience, I have not been afraid of trying different pitches and different grips. I think that has been key. I think that has been one of the fun things about baseball for myself. You don't stay the same in this game.
As a team, we are having a lot of fun. We have shown ourselves to be a resilient team. There have been times where we have gotten down early in games, but we seem to have a lot of fight in us.
Left-hander Chris Capuano is 8-2 with a 2.82 ERA in his first 12 starts as a member of the Dodgers. Capuano, who signed with Los Angeles as a free agent, missed the entire 2008 and 2009 seasons due to injury. The Dodgers lead the league in wins with 39 wins.