Pedro Martinez on Red Sox' struggles: ‘It's a battle within you'

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Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez would certainly know a thing or two about what it takes to pitch well in the MLB—something the Red Sox have not been doing much of as of late.

With their come-from-behind 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night, the Red Sox brought their record up to 4-9.

Regardless, the Red Sox pitching has certainly not met expectations thus far:

Martinez told WEEI.com what he thought about the Red Sox' beleaguered rotation:

“Even though right now the struggles might frustrate you a little bit, I think it’s going to pay off in the long run."

Martinez has a point. The Red Sox did not have an easy start to the season, starting their first 11 games on the road, on a long West Coast road trip.

But the Sox did not seem to get any more wind in their sails when they returned to Fenway—dropping their home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 on Tuesday.

Is there a such thing as a World Series hangover? 

If there is, Martinez did not experience it.

A 2004 World Series champion with the Red Sox—Martinez went to the New York Mets in 2005. 

He was a National League All-Star and "finished with a 2.82 ERA and tossed 217 innings," which is a far cry from the Red Sox performance as of late.

Martinez told WEEI.com how he did it:

“My biggest deal was (learning) how to pace myself through a new season where I was still feeling like I could pitch in spring training or that I could just go into a game, (then) having to hold myself from that feeling,” he said. “When you feel good and you feel like you can pitch and then you have to hold yourself back and lose the feel for pitching, lose the feeling for (the sake of) your physical well-being and hold it back, and then kind of get out of shape after you’re in shape and then getting started again is the most difficult thing to do. For them, it’s no exception.”

The Red Sox, at least given the way they've been playing recently, have a lot to learn from Pedro.

The Sox' next game is tonight against the 5-8 Baltimore Orioles.

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