David Carpenter can officially call himself an Atlanta Brave.
After being called up from the Braves’ AAA affiliate, the G-Braves in Gwinnett, Ga., Carpenter is chomping at the bit to prove he is the best.
“I’m going to try to keep this as simple as possible,” Carpenter said following the Braves’ 4-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. “If I go out there every single time while trying to show that I deserve to be here and that I deserve to throw every day, that’s when it’s going to backfire on you. If you go out there with the mindset of saying, ‘I’m going to go after these guys with the best stuff I have and I need to try to get people out,’ then you’re going to prove it in a roundabout way. You’re going to accomplish your job.”
This time, playing in the bigs is different. Playing with a well-established team in the Braves allows for more of the spotlight — its glamour and show — but they expect to win.
They’re nothing like Carpenter’s former teams — Houston or Toronto — and although the St. Louis Cardinals are good, he didn’t get the opportunity to step on Busch Field as an MLB player.
“It’s exciting getting to watch these guys on TV when we were down in Gwinnett,” Carpenter said. “It’s a lot of fun watching them on TV, but it’s even better to be here. It took a couple of tough losses, but the season is still early and all of our guys are trying to get their timing down. Our pitching has been really solid, so I think this team and this year we will do some damage. I’m looking forward to see what we can do, and hopefully things pan out during the season.”
Though his role hasn’t been truly identified with the club, and since today will be his third game as a Brave, Carpenter is looking to have a better pitch selection this time around.