KANSAS CITY -- For his next few starts, rookie Josh Collmenter will not be facing teams that have seen him pitch before.
That would seemingly be an advantage given Collmenter's unique over-the-top delivery and the right-hander is fine with that. It's just that he would like to get a crack at starting against teams that he's started against before just to prove to the critics that he can be successful.
Collmenter has made two starts against teams that he faced previously in relief. The Rockies hit him for five runs (two earned) over 4 1/3 innings while the Giants tagged him for five runs in five innings.
Still, Collmenter is itching for the opportunity again.
"Especially down the stretch when you're talking about playing teams from the division over and over that last month," he said. "I'm looking forward to facing teams in meaningful situations especially for the second time just to show that I can and I'm not just a once through the lineup or a one-time novelty act."
Collmenter knows that there are plenty of people that doubt his ability given his lack of eye-popping stuff, but it only seems to fuel him.
"Everyone is going to have an opinion and think what they want," Collmenter said. "If you let that affect what you do on the field then they've already won so to speak. I've heard a lot of different things over the years, that my arm angle can't be successful, from college coaches not wanting to recruit me and the Draft. As long as I keep doing what I'm doing and control what I can control then I think I'll be able to have success and along the way if I convert some people over to say hey this can work, then that's fine. And if it doesn't and those people are still steadfast in their belief that you have to throw a certain way or a certain velocity then that's fine, too.
"Don't tell me I can't because it's just going to want me to do it more. Just fits my situation a little bit."