A relative unknown entering 2017, Jose Martinez burst onto the scene with 14 homers and an .897 OPS in 307 plate appearances last season. He's a Statcast darling, too; Martinez finished first in xBA, fifth in xwOBA and 17th in average exit velocity (min. 200 at-bats). It's understandable to be skeptical given the lack of pedigree and the fact that Martinez never hit more than 11 homers in a season while on the farm, but most advanced metrics suggest last year's power was real, and that he may just be scratching the surface. Martinez dealt with a thumb injury late in the season, but he returned to hit a homer in the Cardinals' final series, which eased lingering concerns about the injury. Manager Mike Matheny has already said that Martinez has the inside track at a starting job heading into 2018, and Martinez has dual eligibility (first base and outfield). Don't forget about him at the draft table.
Martinez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Brewers. After playing spoiler to the Brewers' playoff hopes Saturday, manager Mike Matheny will send all of his starters to the bench. Luke Voit will draw the start at first base and bat cleanup.
Martinez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's loss to the Brewers. His ninth-inning homer off Corey Knebel proved too little, too late for St. Louis, but if nothing else, it should ease any lingering concerns about Martinez's thumb. Martinez missed several games and was recently treated with a cortisone shot in the thumb. He's been excellent in 302 plate appearance with the Cardinals this season and would seem to have the inside track at a starting job heading into 2018.
Martinez (thumb) went 1-for-4 in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Cubs. Martinez's thumb was well enough for him to log a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday, leading to his return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's tilt. The 29-year-old outfielder is closing out his breakout season in strong fashion, slashing .356/.434/.534 with four doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI over 83 plate appearances in September.
Martinez (thumb) is in the lineup Wednesday against the Cubs. Martinez was able to pinch hit during Tuesday's victory, and was expected to be back in the lineup for Wednesday's affair following a little time off while recovering from a thumb sprain. He will be manning first base and batting in the fifth spot in the order against John Lackey.
Martinez (thumb) drew a walk in a pinch-hit plate appearance in Tuesday's 8-7 win over the Cubs. Martinez hopes to return to the starting lineup Wednesday, but it was encouraging to see him at least log Tuesday's plate appearance. The 28-year-old outfielder had missed the last three games after suffering his thumb sprain during last Saturday's contest against the Pirates.