- Victor Martinez Needs Surgery On Bat
Before the season started, the catcher consensus rankings put Victor Martinez sixth overall and one ranker had him as high as fourth. Now that we're two months in, Victor Martinez ranks dead last
- Is Delmon Young About to Break Out?
- Adding Carlos Martinez
and Steamer both have Martinez at around a 3.70-3.80 ERA over the remainder of the season split between the rotation and bullpen. With Michael Wacha on the mend for another two weeks and Shelby Miller
- Free Carlos Martinez!
would only miss the one start, but then Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia got hurt within a few days of each other, and Martinez got to stay in the rotation. During that time, he made seven starts, four
- The Potential New J.D. Martinez
he's going to do. Baseball's no less mysterious to those who get to play it.
But what I'm struck by are the similarities between this case and last year's case of J.D. Martinez. Martinez, this year
- Victor Martinez's Unlikely and Unique Comeback
make that point even more clear comes a tweet from from Beyond the Box Score:
Victor Martinez has a .857 ISO (Isolated Power) against pitches that are 95+ mph. Second place is Michael Bourn
- Joe Kelly vs. Carlos Martinez
rotation spot. The four locks for the rotation are Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha. While another pitcher could join the discussion, the battle for the final spot
- My Fantasy co-MVPs: Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez
, making awards more personal for those who play in leagues with uncommon scoring methods. In standard mixed leagues, of 10, 12, or 15 teams, the award could go to Jose Abreu, Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley
- The Daily Grind: Jimenez, Martinez, House
Daily DFS - Jimenez and Martinez
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Chavez, Norris, House, Valencia, Marisnick
1. Team Strikeouts
- An Untimely Meditation on Michael Young
Michael Young won't go away.
He's 34 years old. He's a bad defender pretty much anywhere on the diamond. He doesn't walk much or hit for exceptional power. His biannual off-season whining when
- Third Base Updated Rankings: August
Yes, Willie Bloomquist leads off the rest largely because he gets regular playing time
- Third Base Updated Rankings: September
- The Matter With Michael Wacha (Maybe)
talents that Martinez developed into a quality option, and it speaks to their depth that his absence can be survived, but it puts a little more pressure on everyone else. Everyone includes Michael Wacha
- Market Value: Draft Position in May
ADP), J.D. Martinez went 131st (242 ADP), Edwin Encarnacion went 140th (203 ADP), and Mark Trumbo went 171st (194 ADP).
In the case of Montero and Trumbo, it might have a lot to do with position
- Have We Seen the Best of David Price?
So the only pitcher on this list to improve the year following his Cy
- Michael Young and Benjamin Franklin
In May, Michael Young was the #9 consensus ranked third baseman. In June, he hit .257/.306/.327 with zero home runs and zero stolen bases, which was really only slightly worse than the .280/.306/.372
- 2013 Positional Power Rankings: Left Field
- Don't Fall Behind Hisashi Iwakuma
, there's an encore for every Felix Hernandez gem and his name is Hisashi Iwakuma.
Seattle is the kind of media market that ensures players fly under the radar (see Martinez, Edgar). So there are probably plenty
- The Post-Deadline Austin Jackson
seen more than once was that as a leadoff hitter, pitchers probably came at him with different looks than they did when he hit behind the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez (recall that he
- Michael Pineda in Pinstripes
So Michael Pineda has parlayed his All-Star performance in Seattle into a gig in the Big Apple due to the overwhelming needs of Seattle's offense. Many are thinking Pineda slots in right behind C.C.
- Michael Saunders Makes Good
when it comes to Michael Saunders. After three failed experiments at the Major League level, Saunders, 26, finally showed some of the promise the club hoped for as early as 2007.
Over 553 plate
- Michael Saunders is a Box of Chocolates
Michael Saunders had an infuriating 2014 season. Just ask Jack Zduriencik. Condor was good with the bat, sometimes even great. He played by most accounts superior defense. He did things on second
- So How Good Has J.D. Martinez Become?
. Maybe Martinez ends up hitting like the good versions of guys like Michael Morse and Corey Hart. But those good versions were good hitters. And when you blend that ability with Martinez's other
- Michael Cuddyer Defies Platoon Logic
As a fantasy manager, you look at Michael Cuddyer's 2013 season statistics and there should be giant flashing red lights around this number: .382. That's Cuddyer's BABIP. Granted, he earned a good
- Michael Barr's 10 Bold Projections
- The Daily Grind: Age Bias, Martinez, Ramirez
is finally clicking and even if they weren't, they still have Trout & Pujols which would be enough for me to predict a Martinez meltdown.
Also consider: Michael Lorenzen (duh), Kyle Kendrick (triple
- Can Michael Saunders Meet His Potential?
It seems like Michael Saunders has been tantalizing fantasy managers with his annual seven weeks of quality hitting for the better part of this century. Even for a Mariner fan, it's surprising
- Daily Notes: Carlos Martinez to Make First Major-League Start
-ball against Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz by way of a 99 mph fastball:
Action Footage: Martinez' Fastball
Here's Martinez doing a very similar thing -- in this case, against Michael Martinez
- Risers at Third Base: Michael Cuddyer, Mark Reynolds, Scott Sizemore
a stab at what these gentlemen may produce from here on out, leaving that to the rest-of-the-season-machines, but I wanted to shed light on a few emerging developments over at the five.
- Danny Hultzen, Fernando Martinez, Andrew Brackman: Prospect Chatter
five-man starts off with Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda and Jason Vargas, and now Iwakuma is in the mix. Those four are locks. That leaves just one spot for Hultzen, who'll have to compete
- Michael Brantley: Stealth AL MVP Candidate
of the wild card pace, and are one hot week away from injecting the name of Michael Brantley into the discussion.
Brantley has always been a relatively "quiet" player. The son of former major league
- Michael Cuddyer and Citi Field: A Park Factor Story
to join him. In this light, Monday's two-year, $21M signing of Michael Cuddyer - which also costs the Mets the 15th overall pick in next June's draft - makes just a little more sense, provided they can
- Martinez To Boston
. The one they landed on, Victor Martinez, is a great fit for their roster.
Martinez can catch when Varitek isn't, can play first when Lowell needs a day off, or can DH when Francona wants to give
- Other Pedro Martinez Day
Today, November 29, I hereby declare to be Other Pedro Martinez Day. As you surely know, Other Pedro Martinez, also known as Pedro A. Martinez and Pedro Martinez Aquino, born on this date in 1968
- Carlos Martinez's Change is Working
In seven innings this season, including six in his start on Sunday, Carlos Martinez has faced 10 right-handed hitters. None of them has reached base and four hitters have struck out. Martinez's early
- Lover, Not Fighter: Dennis Martinez
One night in 1977, Dennis Martinez was confronted by a decision: fight or go make love somewhere ...
When faced with an onrushing and plainly nettled George Scott, a gentleman scampers
- The Sustainable J.D. Martinez
Coming into 2015, baseball fans everywhere had the same question on their collective minds: “Is J.D. Martinez sustainable?” The question was more than fair, as there were plenty of indicators
- Dennis Martinez and French Perfection
Much like you, I slogged through this day encumbered by the grim assumption that, once again, I would not see the final outs of Dennis Martinez's 1991 perfect game broadcast in French. Thankfully
- Is Victor Martinez a Fit in Detroit?
Last week, on Boston radio station WEEI, Peter Gammons stopped by and made quite the bold statement:
I don’t expect Victor Martinez to come back, I think Detroit is going to give him four or five
- What To Make Of J.D. Martinez
With 3 home runs and a .371 average, J.D. Martinez is one of the big pickups in roto over the past week. The question around Martinez is sustainability. Obviously he won't hit .371 all season
- Victor Martinez To Detroit
as the reliever he wanted to acquire, and made them offers they couldn't refuse. Now he has reportedly lured Victor Martinez to Detroit with a four year, $50 million deal. Was Dombrowski's decision to outbid
- Edgar Martinez and the Hall of Fame
Edgar Martinez presents one of the most interesting debates about the hall of fame to date. Certainly, he was a hall of fame caliber hitter, regardless of the metrics you use. For his career, he
- Contract Crowdsourcing: Victor Martinez
Yesterday, the news came out that Victor Martinez had rejected a two year contract extension that the Red Sox had offered, and is now set to test free agency. In the words of his agent, Alan Nero
- Victor Martinez is One of a Kind
Victor Martinez has been the best hitter in baseball this season.
Granted, that's just an opinion that I've presented as fact, but he has a strong case. The strongest part of his case
- Is Pedro Martinez Finished?
Regardless of what happens from this point forward, free agent Pedro Martinez will be known as one of the very best pitchers in the history of the game. A string-bean righty who was seen as too
- Projections & Victor Martinez
Over the last four or five years, Joe Mauer, Brian McCann, and Victor Martinez have been the gold standard for fantasy catchers. Jorge Posada was a fine fourth wheel for a while, and now Buster Posey
- Martinez heads to Detroit
The first big name free agent came off the board earlier this week, when the Tigers finalized a four-year, $50MM contract with catcher/first baseman/designated hitter Victor Martinez. GM Dave
- Edgar Martinez and the Hall of Fame
worthy candidates the game's ultimate honor.
Edgar Martinez is one of these players, and arguably might be the one single player (perhaps along with Mike Mussina) whose candidacy has been damaged
- Aoki and Martinez: Waiver Wire
be poised for a solid second half than owners will want to get in on.
J.D. Martinez (ESPN: 23 percent owned; Yahoo!: 17 percent owned)
Martinez showed up on a number of rosters after an April in which
- Pedro Martinez's Possible Suitors
Rumors surfaced today that Pedro Martinez was nearing an agreement with the Houston Astros. While the rumors seem at press time to be holding no water, it does appear likely that Pedro Martinez
- Hamels vs Martinez
rotation, and reports are surfacing that he may go with Pedro Martinez in the second game in lieu of Cole Hamels. The rationale appears to be based on recent performance - Hamels has struggled
- Victor Martinez: Stock ?
In our ridiculously early draft, I picked Victor Martinez in the 10th round. I like the idea of picking up Martinez on the cheap, but I wasn't exactly sure what his value would be after missing all
- Victor Martinez, First Baseman?
If your league counts all players that have started once at a position as eligible there, well then Victor Martinez can catch for you next year. And you're luckier for it. But anyone else that played
- Edgar Martinez on Hitting
To say Edgar Martinez knows hitting would be to state the obvious. The Seattle Mariners legend slashed .312/.418/.515 between 1987 and 2004, and he won a pair of batting titles along the way. He
- What's Changed for J.D. Martinez?
Before the 2012 season, some folks drafted J.D. Martinez as a deep sleeper, coming off a decent debut with the Astros in 2011 and a solid minor league profile. He went on to slug only 11 HR in 439 PA
- Victor Martinez and the < 1 Club
, the fourth member is Victor Martinez. While not a power threat of the Albert Pujols or Ryan Howard ilk, he has hit 16-25 home runs each of the last four years with a steadily increasing OPS of .851-.879
- NotGraphs Q&A: Tino Martinez
NotGraphs reached out to Tino Martinez for some thoughts about hitting, coaching, Derek Dietrich, and bunny rabbits.
On hitting: "You've just got to make the f****** bat hit the f****** ball
- Is Fernando Martinez Worth a Waiver Claim?
Fernando Martinez's time as a New York Met might be coming to an end. To make room for Ronny Cedeno and Scott Hairston on its 40-man roster, the Mets placed Martinez on waivers. While it seems
- Carlos Martinez Found His Pitch
Carlos Martinez is a starting pitcher now. He's not some guy who throws 75 pitches and four innings a game. This year he's often exceeded triple digits, and he's one of the big reasons why the St
- Will Victor Martinez Bring Fantasy Spoils?
Victor Martinez was the top catcher on most draft boards prior to the 2008 season. He had an ADP of 29 following his 2007 season where he hit .301-25-114-78-0. Of course Martinez ended up a big
- A Sad Farewell to Victor Martinez's Streak
that called strikeouts happen, and that's even inevitable for Victor Martinez, But for the longest stretch, he was clean. For 641 consecutive plate appearances, he was clean.
Understand what we're talking
- Is Carlos Martinez the Next Carlos Carrasco?
Carlos Martinez. A starter throughout his minor league career, Martinez has started just eight games for the Cardinals, versus 70 relief appearances. It seemingly wasn't due to the Cardinals organization
- J.D. Martinez Broke His Elbow
J.D. Martinez broke his elbow Friday night, leaving an already depleted Tigers outfield even further depleted. Martinez is expected to miss 4-6 weeks according to MLB.com, and the team has called up
- Tweets That Weren't, Michael Cuddyer Edition
I feel bad for Michael Cuddyer.
- How Great Was Edgar Martinez's Bat?
While we've spent the last few days talking about the Hall of Fame, and this post is somewhat inspired by discussions about Edgar Martinez's worthiness for enshrinement in Cooperstown, this isn't
- Pedro Martinez Country Music Album
Because the waking life holds nothing for me, I took an afternoon nap recently. Within the gauzy bounds of that nap, I learned that Pedro Martinez, baseball merchant of the sublime, had recorded
- Nick Martinez is Different, Maybe Better
lines, especially when dealing with metrics that are designed to be useful over larger samples. Enter Nick Martinez.
Martinez was the 564th pick in the 2011 draft and likely only has a safe spot
- Contract Crowdsourcing Results: Victor Martinez
Well, we have our first Contract Crowdsourcing result that really surprises me. The votes are in, and you guys think that Victor Martinez is in line for a a pretty sweet deal.
- J.D. Martinez Finds His Stroke
talking about J.D. Martinez. He had changed his swing over the offseason and could tap into his latent power with a clean, easy stroke. The Astros were going to be pleasantly surprised.
It turned out
- Nick Martinez: Ranger Under the Radar
for Andrew Miller at last year's trade deadline, the promising 22-year-old left-hander will be making his big-league debut.
Nick Martinez will be on the mound for Texas. The fact that he'll be playing
- Miguel Montero and the Victor Martinez Contract
, $50 million contract Victor Martinez received from the Tigers in free agency prior to the 2010 season. The Diamondbacks do have Montero under contract for 2012 (the last of his team-controlled
- Fantasy Storylines To Watch: Carlos Martinez
history, the news was not shocking. It's the repercussions of the injury that are interesting for fantasy owners. Right-handers Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez now find themselves locked in a battle
- Lance Berkman, Edgar Martinez, and Cooperstown
the last couple of years rejecting a candidate with a similar resume.
In terms of rate stats, Berkman and Edgar Martinez are pretty darn similar. Martinez also had a delayed start to his career, so
- J.D. Martinez on His Many Adjustments
J.D. Martinez is a thoughtful baseball player who has made major changes to his swing mechanics. As much as writing is what gets me out of bed on Monday mornings, it seems a shame to sully this one
- Become Intimate with Pedro Martinez's Changeup
to their YouTube channel -- including (and, for the purposes of this post, limited to) one particularly hot and sexy and hot video featuring right-hander Pedro Martinez in the bloom of goddamn youth.
- Martinez, Crawford and Trumbo: Injury Update
Martinez torn his ACL on Tuesday and will likely be done for the season. The true nature of his injury, and therefore his return time, will not be known until he has surgery
- The Extent of Michael Bourn's Capability
, three of them, from the other end. Josh Hamilton hit one of them, and Curtis Granderson hit zero of them. Robinson Cano hit zero of them. Jay Bruce and Mike Trout each hit zero of them.
- A Michael Pineda Update
Sometimes, you write about something and the commenters unlock something that started in your piece and ends up somewhere more definitive. We were looking for the problem with Michael Pineda earlier
- Michael Morse: Will the Production Continue?
Michael Morse is having his best season ever with 21 home runs and a 0.319 average. The 29 year old has filled in the void left at 1B when Adam Dunn signed with the White Sox this off season. I
- Pedro Martinez on the Art and Science of Pitching
Pedro Martinez was a genius with a baseball in his right hand. One of the most dominant pitchers of all time, he didn't just overpower hitters. He outsmarted them. When he was on top of his game
- The Daily Grind: Marisnick, Martinez, Gonzalez
Farnsworth on Marisnick
Daily DFS - Martinez
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Karns, Gonzalez, Uggla, Stubbs
1. Farnsworth on Marisnick
We're through about
- Michael Young = Derek Jeter?
On the Monday evening ESPN SportsCenter, Dave Winfield was highlighting the big plays of the afternoon tilt between the Rangers and the Tigers. Since Michael Young went two-for-four with a big RBI
- Michael Cuddyer, Already a Met
Michael Cuddyer wasn't expected to receive a qualifying offer from the Rockies, so, he received a qualifying offer from the Rockies. Michael Cuddyer was expected to accept the qualifying offer, so
- Michael Young's Value
Today, Michael Young was named the Gold Glove winner for the American League at shortstop, a selection that rivals some of the worst picks the managers have ever made. Young is, by pretty much every
- Michael Bourn, Chopped Liver?
Why isn't there more interest in Michael Bourn? A six-win center fielder is on the market, and our most recent article on the subject is whether or not his agent has waited too long to get him a deal
- Has Michael Brantley Arrived?
, but Zach Jackson washed out early, Rob Bryson still toils in the minor leagues, and the second-biggest piece, Michael Brantley, had struggled mightily in his short time with the big club, compiling
- Mariners Outfield Depth Chart Discussions
This past Winter, the Seattle Mariners were linked to Josh Hamilton, Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Melky Cabrera (sort of), Andre Ethier, and Justin Upton, among a handful of others. Their anemic 2012