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July 10, 2009

Right at home

Logansport’s Heilman loves going to work every day

CHICAGO — Although the Chicago Cubs might not be putting together the season they were hoping to as of yet, Logansport native Aaron Heilman has been coming on strong of late.

At one point in late May, Heilman’s ERA was 5.49, but the right-handed reliever has lowered it to 3.57 and hasn’t allowed a run in his last four appearances. His ERA over the last month is 1.93.

“I’ve been able to figure a few things out and kind of settle in and progress as the season’s gone on,” Heilman said before Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves. “I feel like I’m throwing the ball, the last couple times, as I should. And I’m just going out there and attacking hitters and getting ahead — just trying to put the pressure on them.”

Heilman (2-3) has been known as a second-half pitcher throughout his career. He’s hoping that trend continues.

“It kind of seems that way most of the time. I’ve always felt like I’ve gotten stronger as the year went on,” he said. “Other than just being out there and the repetitions and competing, I don’t know if there’s a reason for being able to do that. But I’ve always felt that I’ve gotten stronger as the game went on when I was a starter and likewise as the season went on. Maybe it’s facing hitters a few more times, you get a little more familiar with them. You remember a few things and you’re able to use what’s happened previously in that year to your advantage.

“But unfortunately there’s no magic reason or why some guys get off to a hot start and some guys seem to do a little bit better towards the end.”

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