The month of August has probably not been going quite as smoothly as the Detroit Tigers would have liked, but that hasn’t stopped designated hitter Victor Martinez from remaining red hot at the plate. Martinez entered play on Sunday batting a cool .353 this month, and he proceeded to go three for six with four RBIs in the Tigers’ 13-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins this afternoon, raising his August BA to .363.
At 35 years of age, Martinez is quite arguably having a career year. He has now hit 25 home runs this season, tying a career high that he set seven years ago while playing for the Cleveland Indians. Considering the fact that Martinez last hit 20 home runs during the 2010 campaign when he was playing for the Boston Red Sox, very few would have predicted his power surge coming into the season.
Martinez is also on pace to drive in over 100 runs for the fifth time in his 12-year MLB career, a feat he last achieved during the 2011 campaign. His current .328 batting average on the season is knocking on the door of his career-best .330, which he also achieved during the 2011 season. He is in a great position to compete with players such as Jose Altuve, Robinson Cano and Adrian Beltre for his very first batting title.
Martinez is also sporting a .396 OBP and a .553 slugging percentage for a .949 OPS — all of which would be new career highs for him as well.
Martinez picked a good season to have a career year. The Tigers’ slide this month has put the team’s playoff hopes in question, with some pinning part of the blame on a lack of hitting. Martinez is proving, however, that he has the type of bat that can carry a team. Right now, it is probably safe to say that Martinez is leading the Tigers offense and one can’t help but wonder where the team would be without him.