Suddenly, Herges was questioning himself.
"A lot of it, when you're struggling, is mental; it's between your ears," Herges said. "So that's something that I needed to deal with."
Herges gave up three hits and two earned runs in Monday night's 7-1 loss to the Braves, but took a positive turn Friday night against the Mets.
Herges worked around a one-out hit by Carlos Delgado to pitch a scoreless ninth in mop-up duty during the Rockies' 7-2 loss. Sure, he'd rather be out there protecting a one-run lead, but after sitting out three straight games, Herges was happy just to be on the mound again.
"It feels great any time the manager gives you the ball," he said. "Every day you hope you get it, but it doesn't work out that way. So I was thrilled to death."
Herges said he spent extra time between outings working to refine his pitching motion with bullpen coach Rick Matthews. Hurdle was impressed with the latest results.
"He was very efficient [Friday]," Hurdle said. "He threw one bad pitch, but after that, I thought his command was better. There was better finish to his pitches, so that's something for him to build a positive off of, definitely."
Regardless of how Herges performs, it might be a while before he regains his setup role. The Rockies have several other right-handed pitchers they want to see on the mound late in games, including Luis Vizcaino, Jason Grilli, Ryan Speier and the recently improved Corpas.
That doesn't bother Herges. Right now, he just wants to pitch with the same confidence he had last fall.
"Confidence is everything, and when you get hit around, human nature is your confidence takes a hit, too," he said. "You've got to either be numb to it or convince yourself to have confidence somehow. And usually confidence comes when you get people out consistently. Hopefully [Friday was] the start of that for me."