There was some handwringing over the likelihood that J.D. Martinez’s launch-angle-targeted swing won’t carry out properly at Fenway Park when the Boston Pink Sox went out and obtained the slugger through the offseason. These arms are principally idle now, as Martinez has devilishly made the Inexperienced Monster and spots adjoining into his personal workshop.
He hit his Main League-main twentieth residence run of the season final night time in a victory over the Detroit Tigers. He additionally leads the AL in RBI (fifty two) and complete bases (147). His slash is a fats and juicy .318/.377/.659.
Martinez can hit for common and energy in each ballpark. However there’s one thing about Fenway that transforms him into an unstoppable drive. He’s homered in six of his final seven video games in Boston, and 10 of his final 14. And there’s no indicators of slowing down.
This yr he’s stroked thirteen homers in 108 residence at-bats whereas posting a 1.206 OPS. Amongst gamers with at the least one hundred at-bats there, Martinez is the profession chief in OPS.
Since final yr’s All-Star break, Martinez has blasted fifty one longballs, collected 124 RBIs and amassed a .707 slugging proportion. In a lineup filled with stars, he would be the most harmful one. Particularly at residence. Particularly towards lefthanders.
He could also be one of the best free-agent signing since Manny Ramirez, even when he lacked the identify recognition others got here to city touting. The matchmaking has been heavenly and that is the honeymoon stage. The Purple Sox are hoping the magic stays alive via October.