J.D. Martinez sure picked the right time to get on a hot streak. This week’s Scout Hot Sheet Player of the Week ripped a big league-best four dingers and drove in 10 runs over the past seven days (tied for the most in the Majors) to not only earn our top weekly honors, but also to snag a spot on the American League All-Star Team.
Martinez was selected as a reserve for the Ned Yost-helmed Junior Circuit squad, along with teammate David Price, who was named to his fifth All-Star team, and told The Detroit News that Martinez – who ranks second in the AL in dingers after Monday’s action with 23 – should also make the American League lineup for the Home Run Derby, seeing as Detroit Tigers teammate Miguel Cabrera (hamate) won’t be able to answer the bell.
Martinez has certainly earned a spot on the team, hitting .285 on the season with 56 RBIs (second in the AL), 15 doubles and 49 runs scored and playing an excellent right field for the Motor City Kitties, with eight outfield assists (tied for third among all Major League outfielders).
But, let’s get back to the matter at hand, and that’s his performance from June 29 through July 5.
After a big June 22 week, which Martinez started off with three home runs and six RBIs against the New York Yankees, Martinez kept the train going. From June 29-July 5, Martinez posted a .458 batting average, good for ninth in all of baseball. Only one hitter ahead of him – the Philadelphia Phillies’ Freddy Galvis -- had as many at-bats (24), and Galvis went 12-for-24.
Martinez tied for second in the bigs last week for extra-base hits (5) behind the Los Angeles Angels’ Erik Aybar, who slugged five doubles and a homer.
Martinez also came in 10th among big leaguers with a .500 on-base percentage, while leading all comers with a 1.000 slugging percentage and a 1.500 OPS, just ahead of second-place Aybar’s 1.495. By way of a note, Aybar’s stats – including a big-league-best .550 batting average – came in just five games, while Martinez sustained his production over the full slate of seven games in seven days.