Victor Martinez: “He’s locked in”
The quote in the headline came from Jim Leyland, who doesn’t normally gush about veteran hitters. He could’ve said he’s performing to his track record, and he probably was on his way to. But the type of hits Martinez has been getting lately, centering almost everything he swings at, defy that.
“Believe me, I didn’t think he’d hit like he has the last three days,” Leyland said. “I knew he’d hit, but I mean, that’s uncanny the way he’s centered the ball the last three or four days.”
The numbers are similar:
- His three straight games with three or more RBIs matches the longest streak by a Tiger since 1919, the earliest records go back. Several others share in the mark, but nobody had done it since Dan Gladden from August 10-12, 1993.
- His 11-game hitting streak encompasses a 20-for-40 tear.
- His seven RBIs in this two-game series pushed his season total to 22, one behind Alex Avila for the most by a Tiger not named Cabrera.
Jhonny Peralta has seen this before.
“He’s like that,” Peralta said of Martinez. “Victor is a kind of player like that. He can start like really bad, but when he starts to hit the ball, you’re going to see him hit three or four hits every day. Right now, he is the player that I know. He’s hitting really good.”
This is also the player that Miguel Cabrera helped recruit to Detroit.
“I think that’s him,” Cabrera said. “He’s a great hitter. He’s going to help us a lot to win games like this. I’m not surprised.”
Whether or not Martinez is surprised, he isn’t saying. He’s saying his lucky.
“I don’t know, man. Like I always say, it’s better to be lucky than good,” Martinez said. “Right now, I’m just making sure that I go out there and put good at-bats together and put a good swing on the ball. And like I say, when you put a good swing on the ball, anything can happen.”