The Detroit Tigers had mild expectations for J.D. Martinez when they called him up from the minors early last season.
With the completion of the deals, right-handed relief pitcher Al Alburquerque remains the only arbitration-eligible player the Tigers have yet to settle with.
On Friday night in the bottom of fourth inning the Tigers had a man on second base and one out in a 1-1 game against the Cleveland Indians.
“A lot of the veteran guys said I was even a lot cooler than I should have been about it,” J.D. Martinez said Wednesday.
Champ: J.D. Martinez for stepping in for Victor Martinez and continuing his hot stretch. Chump: Michael Wilbon for bashing on Detroit after the fans booed Justin Verlander.
The numbers speak for themselves. Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez now has 42 hits in his last 30 games.
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Martinez said his spot in the order has given his production a serious boost.
The 35-year-old Martinez is hitting .323 with 20 home runs this season. The 26-year-old Martinez is hitting .317 with nine home runs.
One might wonder how the Astros let the 26-year-old Martinez get away.