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Pedro Martinez advice to David Price: Tell yourself you're better than every hitter

John Tomase
October 07, 2018 - 2:04 am

Pedro Martinez has some advice for David Price: remember how good you are.

The Hall of Famer and former Red Sox ace posted some thoughts on Twitter about Price's disastrous outing in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Division Series. Price lasted just 1 2/3 innings and allowed a pair of mammoth home runs.

"Price is going to need to have a moment to his own and seize himself from the top of the mound and say to each hitter he’ll face: are you better than I am?" Martinez wrote. "And prove that they aren’t. He has good enough stuff to beat any major league hitter."

He also talked about Price varying his plan of attack against the Yankees, citing the Bagwell-Biggio Astros as a hurdle he had to clear himself.

"When you face teams like the Yanks, you have to try something different and reinvent yourself as a pitcher," Martinez wrote. "David Price has to leave the comfort zone and use a different pitching pattern.

"I remembered when I had to face an Astros team back in the day. I wanted to try to get them out with my 97-98 fastball but they were fastball hitters. I changed the pattern, did something different, let go of my fastball ego and it worked. Trying something different it’s good."