Sometimes, numbers do lie

In short, the former All-Star catcher has the worst average on the team and is still getting on base at a better rate than Nick Swisher (.321 OBP) and Mark Teixeira (.290 OBP), and is almost on par with sluggers Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson. Everyone knows that Cano does not draw many walks and needs to keep his average up in order to maintain a respectable on base percentage, and he is doing so by batting .302, yet his OBP is only 18 points better than Martin‘s. As for Granderson, he is a home run hitter with 13 homers  already this season, but is only getting on base at a .339 clip.

One of Martin’s main problems is that he is only making contact on 77.5% of his swings compared to the league average of 81%, and Martin’s career average of 82.4%. Ultimately if Martin continues to see the same amount of pitches and maintains his discipline at the plate, things should start to turn around for him. In the meantime, as long as he still calls a good game and can get on base Martin should be able to ride out his hitting woes.

5 thoughts on “Sometimes, numbers do lie

  1. jay_robertson

    Good news, as long as someone can drive him home. By those numbers, I would guess that he's near the top of the heap in the stranded runner category.

    The Yankees DO need base runners; the only fallacy in your argument is that walks don't drive in a lot of runs. Although, I'll admit, the Yankees probably lead the league right now in Walked In Runs.

    Getting on base is good; scoring a run (or driving one in) is even better.

  2. williamjtasker

    While I agree that Martin's on-base average mitigates his low batting average, his OPS and wOBA are still way inadequate and Fangraphs currently gives his offense a negative value this season (-2.5 batting runs). Put it this way, if Martin wanted to score himself a long term deal somewhere, this isn't the way he would draw it up.

  3. roadrider

    Ummm… no. It's nice that Martin is drawing walks and I'm as big a fan of OBP as anyone but the bottom line is that you have to get hits too or hit for ridiculous power, which Martin is not capable of doing to mitigate a BA on the interstate.

  4. Bill

    Sorry, in this case the numbers don't reflect the situation. Russell Martin used to be a productive hitter, in the sense that he drove runs home. While it's good that he gets on base, it's not good that he leaves runners on base. He has to hit better, period.

    Of course, if he stays like this, he won't command a big contract, so the Yanks might be able to sign him cheap next year, which will buy another year until the other catchers are ready. And maybe he'll regain at least some of his lost form.

  5. Tamar

    Some interesting food for thought on Martin. At least the very least it gives us some hope that things will turn around for him. I agree with Bill, if this means he can be resigned on the cheap next year that may not be a terrible thing either. He's a solid defensive catcher and with Austin Romine still on the DL, who knows when/if he'd be ready for next year.

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