Humber looking to get back to basics

Humber looking to get back to basics

CLEVELAND -- It wasn't finding a flaw in delivery mechanics on video that has Philip Humber upbeat for his next start this weekend at home against the Royals.

Instead, it was a quote about Tiger Woods' struggles that struck home for the right-hander in regard to getting himself out of this post-perfect-game rut, during which he has allowed 20 earned runs on 21 hits over 13 1/3 innings, covering three starts.

"People were talking about [Woods] and Butch Harmon, his old teacher, said it looks like he's playing golf swing, and not golf," said Humber, recounting the quote. "So you start thinking so much about what you are doing instead of the goal, you get off track.

"Sometimes you start thinking too much, trying to figure something out rather than just keeping it real simple. I need to just focus on driving the ball toward the glove."

After getting lit up for eight runs on nine hits over 2 1/3 innings in Monday afternoon's 8-6 loss to the Indians, Humber heard from his teammates that he didn't look like himself on the mound. He couldn't pinpoint an explanation for those comments, but returning to the basics could make a difference.

"Now I'm really excited to get back out there and get back in that mindset of competing and attacking the strike zone and just being me," Humber said. "And having fun, rather than thinking so much about, 'Where's my release point?' and 'Where's this and that?' Just keeping it simple and having fun."