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Notes: J.D. Martinez has made adjustments to swing, results showing

DETROIT -- Nobody was hotter than J.D. Martinez before the All-Star break. Martinez was hitting .346 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI and an OPS of 1.035.  Since the All-Star break, Martinez is hitting .263 with four home runs and 15 RBI and an OPS of .738. "I'm getting pitched a lot differently now than I was," Martinez said. However, as the pitchers have adjusted to...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Verlander and the Tigers avoid the sweep in the double-header

After giving up a total of 32 runs the first two games of the series, the Tigers and an overused bullpen buckled down and managed to squeak out an 8-6 win over the Twins Saturday night avoiding the sweep in the day/night double-header. Verlander, making his first start since an inflamed shoulder held him out of his last start wasn’t spectacular by any means but did enough to give...
Via The Majors Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Power Outage: Lack Of Power A Real Concern For Tigers

Simply put, the Detroit Tigers are not hitting the ball extremely well these days. This is definitely not the same team that has relied on power the past few seasons, but it is also a team that is not able to manufacutre runs like they were able to in the beginning of the season. When you are unable to manufacture runs, you need to be able to depend on some source of power in your...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

J.D. Martinez flashes power and glove for Tigers

DETROIT -- Left fielder J.D. Martinez did it all for the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon, flashing both his glove and power to help beat the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made what winning pitcher Max Scherzer called the play of the game, and also had the biggest hit in a 5-2 win. His leadoff homer in the fifth inning broke up Francisco Liriano's no-hitter. "That homer was...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
14 days ago  |  Discuss

What to Expect From a Replacement-Level Player

Last week I wrote a piece about breakout Tiger outfielder JD Martinez that got me thinking about what we should expect from replacement-level players. Martinez is a great example of a replacement player; he was cut from the worst team in baseball, picked up at relatively no cost to the Tigers, and found his way into the lineup after injuries opened up a roster spot. Since then Martinez...
Via Batting Leadoff
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

JD Martinez: New Swing or Something Else?

JD Martinez has changed his swing and appears to have become a whole new hitter. The new JD Martinez has been a huge part of Tigers offense; he ranks first on the team in ISO and second in wOBA. In the month of June, Martinez was third in the Majors in wOBA behind only Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen. Rewind three months to late March, and JD Martinez was being cut by the Astros...
Via Batting Leadoff
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Introducing J.D. Martinez

Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is becoming a household name in the Motor City as he continues to provide much-needed protection for sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. The 26-year-old earned American League Player of the Week honors this past Monday, batting .444 (12-for-27), with four home runs and 11 RBI, in seven games last week. Martinez had a pair of extra...
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers OF JD Martinez Named AL Player of the Week

detroit tigers outfieler J.D. Martinez has been named AL Player of the Week for the 1st time in his career! This past week, JD-Mart batted .444 (12 for 27) with 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 11 RBI, and 6 runs scored. With a hit yesterday, he extended his AL leading and career long hitting streak to 12 games. jd martinez has filled in admirably for OF Torii Hunter since Hunter went down...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Where did Tigers slugger J.D. Martinez come from?

Outfielder J.D. Martinez is creating quite a stir for the Detroit Tigers. He's mashing the ball with such authority and regularity that he's now batting fifth in the lineup. It seems as if Martinez appeared out of nowhere. But just where did this run-producing godsend come from? That explanation begins with the story of the evolution of his swing. Martinez missed 44 games...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers call up slugger J.D. Martinez from Toledo

J.D. Martinez wasn't in the Tigers' plans at the beginning of the regular season. He has forced them to change their mind. The 26-year-old slugger, who wasn't even on Detroit's 40-man roster, was hitting .308 with 10 homers and 22 RBIs in 17 games for Toledo until the Tigers purchased his contract Monday morning. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Tigers...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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