On Wednesday night, the Red Sox offense regained its form. Against one of the best pitching staffs in baseball, they scored 20 runs and recorded 19 hits. One key part of their offensive resurgence was J.D. Martinez. The veteran slugger had four hits and drove in two runs. Although the Red Sox have struggled over the past two weeks, Martinez has been an exception. Down the stretch, his bat will be critical as the playoff race gets tighter.
In Martinez’s last seven games, he is batting .345. In that span, he has driven seven runs and has 12 hits. On Wednesday night, he joined unique company and became the first Red Sox player to reach base six times in-game since Dustin Pedroia in 2010. On a night where the Red Sox offense was unstoppable, Martinez had one of his best games this season.
Through 108 games this year, Martinez has 55 extra-base hits and has driven in 73 runs. Following a down 2020 season, he has regained his offensive rhythm in lineup full of talent. He also has five extra-base hits in his last seven games, including three doubles in his last four games.
Entering play on Friday, the Red Sox are five games back of Tampa Bay for the top spot in the AL East. While they currently hold one of the two wildcard spots, their sights are set higher than that. To overtake Tampa Bay, they will need Martinez at his best. He has shown that a hot streak is on the horizon after hitting .244 in July.
— Boston Sports Syndicate (@BostonSportsSYN) August 12, 2021
The importance of J.D. Martinez with the Red Sox
Down the stretch, consistency will be key. While J.D. Martinez has excelled of late for the Red Sox, he went 0-3 on Wednesday night. There is still plenty of baseball left to be played, and the Miami native is hitting .324 in August. As the Red Sox have gone 2- 8 this month, Martinez has been one of the few consistent pieces.
Over the next few weeks, the Red Sox will be tested as they try to climb out of their recent slump. Although reinforcements are on the way, they will need Martinez at his best to make a deep playoff run. Since joining the Red Sox in 2018, Boston’s offense has been at its best when Martinez is a force in the middle of the lineup.
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