Matt Wieters is hitless in his first eight postseason at-bats. That's secondary to his defense.

Though he's twice been an All-Star, he's still new at this national star stuff.

"Every once in a while, you have to remind yourself how old he is," manager Buck Showalter said.

Wieters is 26, and completed his third full season in the majors.

"Matt is very wise, and he has a lot of confidence. I think he creates a lot of confidence because of the work he puts in," Showalter said.

Wieters, who batted .249, played in a career-high 144 games and set marks with 23 home runs and 83 RBIs.

"What's been so great about this year is you don't have to worry about individual accolades or individual awards," Wieters said.

"It's nice to be honored by your peers and get honored by people in the game, but at the same time, you're playing for the playoffs.

Wieters has noticed a difference in the atmosphere.

"You can feel it in the crowd, that's for sure," Wieters said.