David Price has been throwing his secondary pitches, specifically his changeup, more often.
Just as the Rays have been trying to convince him, that's made him a better pitcher.
The Tampa Bay Rays lefty was in dazzling form again Friday, winning his fourth straight and fifth overall, by throwing eight solid innings against the Oakland A's. He struck out 12, and he allowed only one run on three hits and a walk.
"It's a lot easier for me when I'm out there if I can throw a 2-1 changeup," Price said. "It doesn't mean it has to be that good. If it's near the strike zone, it's effective. If they're sitting and waiting on 93, 94 (mph fastball) and get 83, 84, it has a tendency to work.
"It's been working for us, and we're going to keep throwing different looks in different counts and keep hitters on their toes."
Price had been relying on his fastball too often, and opposing hitters were waiting for it. Now that Price has the confidence to mix his pitches more, they can't be as sure.
Price said he made the conversion during his April 24 shutout against the Angels when he noticed how sharp his changeup was and decided to stick with it.