Detroit Tigers: Victor Martinez’ Recent Hot Streak a Good Sign

The Detroit Tigers haven’t been themselves offensively. Sure, they still possess one of the deepest lineups in the league, not to mention the game’s best hitter (Miguel Cabrera), but the team hasn’t shown the offensive firepower that has been a hallmark of years past.

A lot of this has to do with Victor Martinez struggles. Not that its V-Mart’s fault, but he hasn’t been himself since offseason surgery. The Tigers haven’t been themselves either. They entered Sunday with the Majors’ 12th best offense in terms of runs scored. Not a particularly bad distinction, but it looks worse when as a team, the Tigers have consistently been one of baseball’s best offensive units in seasons past.

To give you an idea of how Martinez hasn’t been himself, here are two different players.

Player A: Two home runs, 22 RBI, .321 OBP, .319 slugging percentage.

Player B: One home run, 19 RBI, .330 OBP, .383 slugging percentage.

Player A is Martinez. Player B is Ben Revere, a player with three career home runs and little power (extra base hits included).

Never the most prolific power hitter, Martinez only has the two home runs this season. Still, his other numbers are more troubling. The Tigers DH’s .243 batting average and .321 on-base percentage are a far cry from his statistical output from last season when he lead the league in on-bae percentage and finished second in MVP voting.

However, things seem to be turning around for Martinez, and this can only mean good things for the Tigers.

In eight games since returning from injury, Martinez is hitting a very characteristic .333 with seven RBI (including one home run). During that span, he has collected three hits on two occasions, while chipping in with two during another game.

In his first 34, pre-injury games, V-Mart put up seven multi-hit games. In eight games since returning, he already has three.

Martinez’ hot streak doesn’t necessarily mean he’s back to his old self, his on-base and slugging percentages over the tear aren’t close to his usual numbers, but the hot streak can only be positive for the Tigers as they look to catapult themselves back into the American League Central race.

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3 Stats from the Detroit Tigers 8-7 Loss vs the Chicago White Sox

  • Two

The number of strikeouts by Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon in his first appearance of the year. The flame-throwing reliever struck out both batters that he faced. He’ll play a vital role in the Detroit ‘pen moving forward.

  • Zero

The number of runs allowed by Rondon, Blaine Hardy, Alex Wilson and Joakim Soria. This seems to be part of, if not all of manager Brad Ausmus’ preferred group when the game is on the line. Joba Chamberlain lost the game for the team by allowing three runs in the tenth.

  • Three

The number of hits by both Jose Iglesias and Victor Martinez. It’s business as usual for Iglesias this season, but a positive sign for V-Mart, as he seems to be turning a corner.

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3 Stats from the Detroit Tigers 8-2 Loss vs the Cleveland Indians

  • Zero

The number of at-bats by Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Miggy received a rare day off.

  • Three

The number of strikeouts by Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. With Cabrera getting the day off, everyone moved up a spot in terms of the usual middle of the order. This meant Cespedes hitting cleanup behind Victor Martinez. The outfielder had a single hit in four at-bats, striking out three times.

  • Five

The number of strikeouts by starting pitcher Buck Farmer. Farmer, making a spot start, allowed eight hits and two walks to go along with the five runs (all of which were earned). On the bright side, the youngster did strike out seven Cleveland batters.

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3 Stats from the Detroit Tigers 7-3 Win vs the Cleveland Indians

  • Zero

The number of walks by Tigers starter David Price. The Detroit ace fanned seven batters, allowed one run and nine hits while handing out a grand total of zero free passes. He moved to 7-2 on the season with the win.

  • Five

The number of RBI by the middle of the Detroit order not named Miguel Cabrera. Victor Martinez, Yoenis Cespedes and Nick Castellanos combined to go five-for-twelve at the plate with five RBI and two runs scored.

  • 157

The total number of pitches thrown by the Tigers.  Included in the total number of pitches was 1.1 combined innings of relief from Al Alburquerque and Tom Gorzelanny. The duo didn’t allow a base runner and struck out one batter between them. Alex Wilson allowed three hits and two runs (both unearned) in one inning of relief.

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3 Stats from the Detroit Tigers 8-5 Win vs the Cleveland Indians

  • Three

The number of this and runs scored by Tigers leftfielder Yoenis Cespedes. After J.D. and Victor Martinez went off at the plate, it was Cespedes’ turn against Cleveland. The outfielder also scored twice while registering zero strikeouts.

  • 1

The number of innings thrown by reliever Blaine Hardy. Hardy, who came on in place of starter Kyle Ryan, picked up the win, his third of the season. He lowered his ERA to 2.61 while tallying a single strikeout.

  • One

The number of Tigers without a hit. Ironically enough, the only Detroit hitter held hitless was J.D. Martinez. Martinez went yard three times in his previous game, but failed to extend his hot streak. He drew a walk and struck out twice.

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3 Stats from the Detroit #Tigers 12-4 Win vs the New York Yankees

Rejoice! The stats are back. After a short hiatus, these kind of pieces are back to stay at Know Hitter. Here’s three stats from Detroit’s triumphant 12-4 victory against the Yankees.

  • Three

The number of home runs by J.D. Martinez. Safe to say the dude was on fire. He drove in six runs on the say, propelling the Tigers to the win. The outfielder has never hit more than two bombs in a game, but on Sunday he mashed three.

  • Four

Victor Martinez is officially back ladies and gents. V-Mart posted a very… well, V-Mart stat line during Sunday’s win, going three-for-six with four RBI and two runs scored. In typical fashion, he didn’t strike out once. Like J.D., Victor also went yard. Although in Victor’s case he was limited to one home run. Still, a fantastic day at the plate for one of the league’s best pure hitters.

  • One

The number of times Miguel Cabrera failed to reach base. Miggy collected two hits and two walks, while scoring two runs. He’s hitting an absurd .346 on the season.

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Five Stats from the Detroit Tigers 4-0 Loss to the Oakland Athletics

  • Four

The number of hits by the Tigers. This simply isn’t going to cut it against most big league opposition. Detroit also drew a singular walk to add to its baserunner total.

  • Zero

The number of hits by shortstop Dixon Machado in his Major League debut. He saw a total of eight pitches and grounded into a double play.

  • One

The number of Tigers with more than one hit. Tyler Collins accounted for half of the Tigers hits with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate. He’s now hitting .267 on the season. On a day when Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez were out of the lineup, Detroit couldn’t get the rest of the team to generate any offense.

  • 2

The number of innings pitched by Tigers starter Shane Greene. The former Yankee allowed eight hits and four runs while striking out four.

  • Two

The number of strikeouts by Alex Wilson in only an innings of work. Wilson and Blaine Hardy combined to throw 2.1 innings of shutout ball once Greene departed.

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5 Stats from the Detroit Tigers’ 5-2 Win vs the Milwaukee Brewers

  • Four

The number of runs driven in by Nick Castellanos. The third baseman also had two hits, giving Shane Greene and the rest of the team all the run support they would need.

  • Two

The number of runs allowed Tigers starter Greene. He allowed only three hits in 6.1 innings, striking out six.

  • Five

The number of combined hits for J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes. With Victor Martinez on the disabled list, these two will be heavily leaned upon to drive in more runs in the middle of the order. J.D. Martinez had two hits and scored two runs while Cespedes also scored two runs on three hits and a walk. The duo did not strike out.

  • .282

James McCann’s batting average after the game. The Tigers catcher had an underwhelming day at the plate with just a walk in three plate appearances (two of them via the strikeout), but his solid displays with the bat so far this season will help make up for the temporary loss of V-Mart. The fact that Jose Iglesias, the team’s ninth hitter, is sporting a .328 batting average doesn’t hurt either.

  • One

The number of hits by Tyler Collins, who started at designated hitter. Collins also drew a walk and scored a run in his second game of the season. With J.D. Martinez and Cespedes moving up in the order to fill in for V-Mart, Collins will be counted upon to provide solid production lower in the order. If he continues to turn in displays like he did on Wednesday, he’ll provide much-needed stability.

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Detroit Tigers: 5 Stats from the 2-1 Loss to the Kansas City Royals

  • Zero

The number of Tigers with more than one hit. No Detroit hitter had multiple hits, but three (J.D. Martinez, Victor Martinez and Ian Kinsler) all reached base twice thanks to a hit and a walk each.

  • Five

The number of at-bats without a hit for Tigers leftfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The outfielder lowered his average to .274 after the game. With J.D. Martinez struggling, Cespedes has been hitting fifth in the lineup.

  • Six

The number of walks by the Tigers in the game. Detroit had five hits, so drawing all the walks gave them a needed boost to their offense. However, the team wasn’t able to capitalize on the baserunners. Anthony Gose, Kinsler, Nick Castellanos, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez all had walks.

  • One

The number of runs allowed by starter Shane Greene in eight innings pitched. Greene has struggled as of late, but turned in a solid start on Monday. He threw eight innings of four-hit ball while allowing the one run. He didn’t walk any batters and struck out three. He lowered his ERA from 5.56 to 4.71.

  • 20

Joakim Soria’s ERA after the game. The Tigers closer threw a scoreless ninth to preserve the tie. He walked one batter.

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5 #Stats to #Know from the #Detroit #Tigers 6-2 Loss to the #KansasCity #Royals

  • Three

The number of Tigers with multiple hits. Victor Martinez, Yoenis Cespedes and James McCann all had two hits each.

  • Zero

The number of runs allowed by the Tigers bullpen. This was another strong effort by the Detroit ‘pen as Blaine Hardy, Al Alburquerque and Joba Chamberlain all threw a scoreless inning each. They struck out a cumulative three batters. All three have struggled as of late so throwing scoreless innings will only help them moving forward.

  • One

The number of walks drawn by the Tigers. The swing-happy J.D. Martinez was the only Detroit hitter with a walk. He didn’t strike out. The Tigers only struck out three times, but failed to muster much offense.

  • Six

The number of runs allowed by starter Anibal Sanchez, who dropped to 2-4 on the season. Five of his runs on the day were earned, bringing his ERA to 5.44.

  • Two

The number of Tigers hitters who lasted the entire game that went hitless. The two without hits? Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler, two of the team’s best hitters. Andrew Romine also put up a zero in the hit column, but was subbed out in favor of Rajai Davis who pinch hit for him late in the game.

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