Don’t look now, but Russell Martin is proving that he isn’t completely useless with the bat. Over the past 13 games he has been red hot and he has hit .300.
Starting back when the Cincinnati Reds came to town in mid-May, Martin has hit exactly .300 with a .404 OBP, and a .550 slugging good for a .954 OPS. He has also hit a pair of homers and four doubles.
His secret, Martin is crushing the high fastball. When pitchers leave the fastball up in the zone, he is hitting .500/.583/1.000/1.583. The grand slam he hit on Tuesday? Off a high fastball.