PHOENIX -- Traded from the American League Wild Card-leading Orioles at the end of August for veteran pitcher Joe Saunders, D-backs reliever Matt Lindstrom hasn't been able to stop himself from keeping up with his former team, especially as his current club reaches the brink of elimination.
"It's tough not to, just because you have the MLB Network on in every clubhouse and you see what they are doing," Lindstrom said. "I know they are doing well, and I wish them well. It looks like they have a pretty good chance to make the playoffs, so I'll keep pulling for them."
While the 32-year-old wishes the D-backs, who will be eliminated from contention with any loss or Cardinals win, could've made a better postseason run, he's happy for his friends' success in Baltimore.
"My teammates I had over there are great guys," Lindstrom said. "They work hard and do their jobs. I'm sure I'll root for them."
In 10 appearances since the trade, Lindstrom has tossed 9 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits while striking out nine.
"I thought I've done well so far, I feel like I've made my pitches, for the most part," Lindstrom said. "I've given up some pretty stupid hits, that's kind of been the story of my career, but it's about making better pitches, I guess, and knowing the hitters' tendencies. I've enjoyed my time here with my teammates, though."