A return to the AL East worked out well for Russell Martin, as he finished fourth among catchers in Fantasy value in his first season with the Blue Jays. Martin hit a career-high 23 home runs, including 13 at hitter-friendly Rogers Centre. According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, half of Martin's 10 road homers had just enough distance to leave the park, so he may be due for a little less power in 2016. Even so, he is a solid No. 1 catcher for standard mixed league owners.
Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is back in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday. He was given the day off with Marco Estrada taking the ball for the Jays in Game 1, but Martin returns to action while Dioner Navarro takes a seat Saturday.
Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is not in the lineup Friday for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Royals. Dioner Navarro got the call behind home plate in the ALDS with Marco Estrada on the mound, and it appears manager John Gibbons will go with that same battery Friday. Martin figures to be back behind the plate going forward in this series.
Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is out of the lineup for Game 3 against the Rangers on Sunday. Martin will take a rest as Dioner Navarro gets the call behind the dish to catch Marco Estrada. It seems likely that Martin would be behind the plate should his team force a Game 4.
Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is not in the lineup Saturday. Dioner Navarro will take over at catcher for Martin, who just appears to be getting a night off with the Blue Jays gearing up for the postseason. Look for him to return to the lineup Sunday.
Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin was 3 for 5 with a two-run home run in Toronto's victory over Tampa Bay on Friday night. Martin has provided some pop - he now has 23 long ones and 77 RBI - but his batting average (.241) has slumped in the second half. The Blue Jays have given him several days off over the past couple of weeks as they attempt to freshen him up heading into the playoffs, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him out of the lineup either Saturday or Sunday.