Detroit Tigers: Victor Martinez Has Outstanding Numbers Against Pretty Much Every Elite Pitcher
Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has had a long and successful career. This has included impressive numbers against’ many of the game’s top starting pitchers. This will benefit Detroit.
Detroit Tigers fans have seen Victor Martinez thrive at the plate in his five seasons with the club.
Martinez, who missed 2012 due to injury, has registered a wRC+ of at least 113 and a wOBA of at least .340 in every campaign save the down season in 2015.
The slugger’s best season in a Tigers uniform came in 2014. He hit .335 while posting a 4.3 WAR and a 168 wRC+ as Detroit won the American League Central crown.
That season, Martinez finished second to Mike Trout in the voting for MVP, while also leading the league in three different statistical categories– on-base percentage, OPS and intentional walks.
What’s more, Detroit’s designated hitter finished with significantly more walks (70) than strikeouts (42).
Martinez’ numbers during the 2014 campaign represented perhaps his best season as a professional– which is saying something considering the veteran is a lifetime .301 batter with nearly 2,000 hits to his name.
Over that long career, Martinez has had success against just about everyone, including many of Major League Baseball’s top starting pitchers.