Albers outstanding since arriving at Trade Deadline

Albers outstanding since arriving at Trade Deadline

Albers outstanding since arriving at Trade Deadline
PHOENIX -- As a member of the Boston Red Sox in July, D-backs relief pitcher Matt Albers allowed just one earned run in the entire month over 12 appearances.

But somehow in the three weeks since being traded to Arizona for Craig Breslow at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the 29-year-old has managed to surpass his career month with an even better August so far.

In seven appearances with the D-backs, Albers has surrendered just two hits and one unearned run while striking out eight over 6 2/3 innings.

"It's been more about keeping things the same and just trying to improve every day," Albers said. "I've been lucky enough to fall into a good position with this team. I've just been trying to keep my pitches down and get some ground balls and I've been fortunate enough to do that so far."

His most dominant outing with the club came Sunday, when he struck out the side against the Astros by only throwing 14 pitches.

"That was the best he's thrown it," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He threw a very hard sinker, you can ask Miggy [D-backs catcher Miguel Montero] how his thumb feels. He pounds it and keeps the ball down. He's been what we envisioned when we got him and he's very important to us."

Since Albers has played with four teams over his six-year career, making the move and adjustments to Arizona hasn't been too difficult for him.

"I know what it's like to have to work with new guys," he said. "It's more about still throwing your pitches and not changing anything. It's been really smooth here. Guys like Montero have made things even easier."