Over the past several weeks since we acquired CC, I've received a lot of questions about CC and Ben Sheets together at the top of our rotation.
That's understandable, because both guys have great track records. Those guys have some of the best stuff in baseball. They're two of the best players in the game. CC won a Cy Young Award last year, and Ben went to the All-Star Game this year. That alone says a lot.
Ben and CC are put up on a pedestal for what they have accomplished -- deservedly so -- but we feel like we can win no matter who is on the mound. Our entire staff has been solid and contributed to our success this season, and the rest of the guys shouldn't be overlooked.
Everybody feeds off of everybody here and we get just as pumped up with any of our pitchers on the mound. We feel very comfortable when any one of our pitchers is out there. They all push each other and they all want to get better.
Personally, I'm happy to be here and to be part of it. It's a fun group to catch, too. I enjoy working with these guys. Every pitcher is a little different. It gives you a lot to think about. The performance of our whole pitching staff is a big reason we're in the position we are in today.
Veteran Jason Kendall is the only catcher in the big leagues to have started at least 130 games in each of the past six seasons. Kendall, 34, signed with the Brewers as a free agent this past offseason after splitting the 2007 season with the Cubs and the Athletics. He played his first nine seasons with Pittsburgh.