Right-hander Nick Martinez knew what the problem was last week when he couldn’t find the strike zone against the Detroit Tigers.
He was nibbling at the strike zone again instead of attacking hitters, an issue that led to some shaky performances earlier in the month, but the rookie couldn’t fix the problem before manager Ron Washington had to remove him after only 2 1/3 innings.
The good news is that Martinez had identified the problem and has since tried to find away to correct if it happens again. Such is the life of a major-league rookie, to learn from each hiccup.
The bad news is there will be more hiccups the rest of the season.
“It’s going to be a roller-coaster ride,” said Martinez, who is scheduled to start Tuesday. “Especially with it being my first year, probably more downs than ups. But you’ve just got to keep battling.”
There hasn’t been a lack of effort, Washington said, just a lack of experience. Each start, though, gives Martinez a chance to learn.
“As long as he’s not afraid and he’s learning to make the adjustments, we’re going to live with his deficiencies until they become strengths,” Washington said.