8/11 Pedro returns
When Alfonso Soriano played for the Yankees, he had to face Pedro Martinez a lot.
“He was something else,” Soriano said. “It was like no chance. Sometimes I got a hit, and I didn’t know how. I had maybe three, four against him. I was like thank God, I got one hit. I was usually 0-for-4, 0-for-3, two strikeouts. He was very tough. He was very young, smart and had power.”
Soriano was young, too.
“I’m different now and have more experience and he doesn’t have the same stuff, so we’ll see what happens,” Soriano said.
Martinez will make his first start of the season Wednesday in Game 2 of this three-game series between the Phillies and Cubs. Martinez has had the upper hand, striking Soriano out 15 times in 43 career at-bats. Soriano has seven hits, for a .163 average.
“What I saw when he was with the Mets was a totally different Pedro,” Soriano said. “He doesn’t have the fastball, 94, 95 [mph]. I think he has the change and the breaking ball. He doesn’t have the velocity that he had before.”
So, is he a smarter pitcher now?
“He is smarter now — he’s not a power pitcher and it’s more location,” Soriano said. “He knows he has to throw the pitch. Before he could throw any pitch, any count. Now it’s different because he doesn’t have the same power stuff that he had before.”
Looking forward to seeing him Wednesday?
“Let’s see what he’s got,” Soriano said.
– Carrie Muskat