With the way he played through the first few months of the season, many fans of the Detroit Tigers never would have thought Victor Martinez might finish the regular season with a .300 batting average. He’s been on a two-month long tear though, and is now just .001 point from reaching that plateau.
Martinez hit the ball decently through April and May, but ended up hitting a lot of line drives that turned into outs. He has certainly improved as the season has worn on, but his .240 batting average through June made fans wonder if he would be able to reach his old plateau.
Martinez has hit over .300 in seven of the 12 MLB seasons he has played. His highest batting average of his career came in 2011 with the Tigers when he batted .330. Now, Martinez is one of the biggest offensive threats behind Miguel Cabrera and is doing everything the Tigers knew he could do as a designated hitter.
Martinez has 43 hits in August, good for a .391 batting average in that span. He has 24 hits since August 16, and has been one of the toughest outs in the lineup. He’s not hitting for much power, but that wasn’t the case in 2011 either. He’s actually on pace to hit more home runs this year than he did in that season.
If it weren’t for the way he started the season, he would most likely be much closer to that .330 average. But, it’s hard to blame the guy for the slow start seeing as he missed the entirety of 2012 with a knee injury.
Martinez is finally back to being the type of hitter the Tigers need to protect Prince Fielder in the lineup. He’s doing everything he can to help the team win, and they’re definitely getting the most out of him right now.