06/16/2009 1:18 PM ET
Broxton: Dodgers focus on fun
First-year closer stays aggressive and happy
When you're having success, you really don't want to analyze it too much. Instead, you just want to enjoy it. That doesn't mean you sit around thinking about the record you've posted. It's about focusing on having fun.
We have a great team this year. We're playing great ball right now ,and we've played great ball all year long. Our guys have done what they've been asked to do. We've played good defense and we've pitched well. Those are the keys to winning games.
We've played especially well at home this season. The fans have really gotten behind us, and that just adds to the fun.
The key to my success this year has been my attitude. I try and make this game as fun as possible. On the mound, I've been aggressive and really gone after guys. That's one of the most important things I can do as a pitcher.
I've become the club's closer this season, but that hasn't changed the way I approach my work. My job is to get batters out no matter what inning I pitch, and that's what I try to do every time.
The fact that I recently saved my 15th game, which is one more save than I had all of last year, doesn't mean much to me.
The fact that I have a 6-0 record is kind of unusual for a closer. That's just a function of coming into games where we were tied or down a run or two combined with having an offense capable of coming back to score some runs.
Those types of circumstances are mostly luck. You just never know what a team is going to do and when they're going to do it.
Jonathan Broxton, in his first season as the Dodgers' closer, has converted 16 of his 18 saves opportunities and has a 1.41 ERA. The big 25-year-old from Georgia also has 52 strikeouts in 32 innings and has yielded just a .103 average to opposing batters.