The futility of Martin’s batting season is simply amazing. Before August, his best month was May. His triple slash line by month:
- April: .167/.338/.296
- May: .202/.329/.362
- June: .194/.270/.433
- July: .183/.290/.400
Though the power numbers with four homers in both June and July were better, that was a whole lot of lousy hitting. And you want to talk about amazing? Check out his progression of BABIP numbers: .189, .222, 196 and .156! You can’t say that such low BABIP numbers are a product of bad luck. There is a lot of weak contact in there.
The Yankees did not expect Russell Martin to hit like he did in his early Dodgers days. But they would have taken .240 to .250 with occasional home run pop. The home run pop has been the only part of that equation this season with twelve after hitting eighteen last season. On top of his struggles with the batted ball, his current strikeout rate of 19.2 percent is the highest of his career and five points higher than his career average.…