J.D. Martinez named AL Player of the Week
Not only is J.D. Martinez earning more playing time with the way he’s hitting, he’s now earning awards. The Tigers’ suddenly surging, slugging outfielder was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday after hitting Royals and Indians pitching for a 12-for-27 tear with four homers, three doubles and 11 RBIs.
He’s the first Player of the Week for the Tigers this season. And for now, he’s about to become part of an outfield rotation as the Tigers’ road trip heads to Texas for the week.
Martinez didn’t have the playing time to earn consideration for any such honor until injuries hit Detroit’s outfield, starting with a few days out of the lineup for Rajai Davis last homestand and then continuing then Torii Hunter tweaked his left hamstring a week ago. He homered in three straight games between Thursday’s series finale against KC and the first two games of the Cleveland series, and he put up three multi-hit games in a four-day stretch.
Amazingly, he would have done even more damage if not for three highlight catches in as many nights from Royals outfielders, including a diving catch by Lorenzo Cain in the gap and another at the right-field fence.
He heads to Texas on a 12-game hitting streak, during which he’s hitting 19-for-47 (.404) with the four homers, six doubles and 13 RBIs. He’s not only playing regularly, he’s batting fifth behind the dynamic duo of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, a setup that figures to continue this week.