DENVER -- Chad Durbin was not overly concerned when he surrendered a home run in each of his first three appearances with the Braves this season. But the veteran reliever admits he should benefit from the confidence he has gained while allowing a run in just one of the nine appearances that have followed.
"Relievers are like good three-point shooters in basketball," Durbin said. "When they get hot, you just keep riding guys out there. I've seen that for years. Guys complain about getting used, but they also complain about not getting used. If you're going good, they're going to ride you until you give it up."
The Braves signed Durbin after he was released by the Nationals at the end of Spring Training. Three appearances into this season, it looked like it might be a short-term relationship. But in the nine outings that have followed, he has allowed two runs -- both during Monday's appearance against the Pirates -- and limited opponents to a .200 batting average.
While Durbin is not one of the top options in the Braves' bullpen, he has provided value while earning the win in both of the 11-inning comeback victories Atlanta recorded this past week. The 34-year-old right-hander tossed a scoreless inning in both games.
"The most important thing for [Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell and manager Fredi Gonzalez] and the guys on the team to see from relievers is consistency -- and not consistently bad, but consistently good," Durbin said. "You just want to be able to count on the guy."