Manager Terry Collins attributed Byrdak's frequency of use to his improved ability to prepare for outings, though even Collins acknowledged that "there's probably a limit."
Still, it is tempting for the manager to use his only left-handed reliever on a daily basis. Outside of the grand slam he served up to Todd Helton in Colorado last month, Byrdak has been nearly untouchable, posting a 3.48 ERA and holding left-handed batters to a .143 average.
"He's got nerves of steel," Collins said. "He's done it long enough now that he knows what his role is. There are times when we'll call down and he's already gotten himself ready to face who we think he's going to have to face before the game starts. He knows there's somebody in that lineup who he's going to get out. He prepares himself very, very well."