Martinez will sit for the afternoon portion of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Royals. Martinez sits for the first time in nearly three weeks. He's hit an unimpressive .246/.313/.377 in 16 games since his last time out of the lineup. Dexter Fowler gets the start in right field.
Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Rangers on Friday. Martinez extended his hitting streak to five games and pushed his season line to an impressive .336/.389/.466. The 30-year-old has been on a tear at the plate since mid-April, a stretch during which he's raised his batting average 73 points.
Martinez went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored Sunday against Pittsburgh. Martinez entered the day 0-for-6 over his last two contests, but he came through with a two-run homer in the second inning to extend the Cardinals' lead to three. He's batting .339 with three homers and 19 RBI through 41 games in 2019.
Martinez went 2-for-5 with a double and a solo home run in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs on Saturday. Martinez' second-inning shot off Yu Darvish tied the score 1-1. The 30-year-old has been productive since receiving regular playing time and is 19-for-45 since April 20. Martinez is hitting .364 on the season with two homers and 16 RBI.
Martinez is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Nationals. Martinez's move to the bench ends a stretch of 14 consecutive starts in right field. Though Tyler O'Neill is back from the injured list and Dexter Fowler (illness) is dealing with only a day-to-day concern, Martinez may have done enough at the dish to solidify himself as the Cardinals' preferred option at the corner-outfield spot opposite Marcell Ozuna. Martinez checks out of the lineup having recorded two hits in four consecutive contests, raising his season average to .375.