Russell Martin entered Friday’s game against the Red Sox with the lowest batting average on the Yankees and no extra base hits. He still has the lowest average on the team, but after he homered off Clay Buchholz it looked like a major weight had been lifted off his shoulders.
Perhaps Martin thought he would never get a bit hit again, but his manager, Joe Girardi, felt like Friday’s performance was past due.
“I’ve been telling you that his at-bats have been better,” Girardi told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “He has taken his walks. It was a little mechanical thing. He hit two balls right on the screws today.”
Girardi said that Martin and Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long had identified that his swing was getting a little long. They made adjustments this week and the results were immediate. Hopefully this is just the start of a nice hot streak for Martin.