Victor Martinez's Hot Bat Keeps Detroit Tigers On Top

By John Raffel
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Who needs Miguel Cabrera? Who needs Prince Fielder?

Well the Detroit Tigers are obviously happy they have both. Cabrera left Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox with an ailing hip as the Tigers hold their breath in hoping it’s nothing serious. The team reported that Cabrera has a sore left hip flexor muscle and is day-to-day.

Victor Martinez is starting to show that his bat can be just as dangerous as anyone’s on the Tigers. His four-hit attack on Monday night, which included three RBIs, powered the Tigers to a 7-2 win over the White Sox.

Martinez displayed the hitting excellence that makes him such a valuable part of the lineup at the No. 5 spot. Once a pitcher gets by Cabrera or Fielder, he can’t let his guard down against someone like Martinez, who has had a sizzling month so far. His excellent hitting in July is making the Tigers forget about the struggles he had in the first half of the season.

Martinez has been around long enough to know the best way to get out of a slump is to put together some outstanding nights. He’s been doing that.

He is being more patient at the plate and opponents are starting to feel the pain of his bat as his batting average for the season is up to a healthy .270. He’s still far below his .330 average from the 2011 season when he played in 145 games prior to missing the entire 2012 campaign to an injury, and he’s far from his career .300 batting clip.

But Martinez has definitely found his bat again, which makes the Tigers even more dangerous.

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