Tigers’ Martinezes continue to rake, Tigers continue to win

J.D. Martinez and designated hitter Victor Martinez celebrate hitting back to back home runs in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers.

Tim Heitman

Martinez and Martinez might sound like a law firm but the Tigers’ twosome are doing their damage on the field, not in a courtroom.

Everyone knows about Victor Martinez, who has been the team’s most consistent hitter this season.

Martinez continued that consistency with a 2-for-5 night, a home run and a double, helping the Tigers to an 8-6 victory over the Texas Rangers Wednesday.

Martinez is batting .330 with 20 home runs and 52 RBIs this season.

"It’s really remarkable that Victor Martinez has done what he’s been able to do the entire year," FOX Sports Detroit color analyst Rod Allen said on the post-game show. "Really, you can go back to last year when Victor really started assaulting American League pitching. But his approach right now is just so pure. It doesn’t matter whether he’s slashing from the right side or whether he’s swinging from the left side, he’s finding seats, he’s hitting lots of doubles."

Martinez hit a career-best 25 home runs in 2007 with the Cleveland Indians. That season he hit his 20th on Aug. 27.

"It feels good but at the same time, we still have a long way to go," Martinez told FOX Sports Detroit’s Trevor Thompson on the post-game show. "It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. I’m just focusing to help this team win every day and see what happens. Maybe I’m looking at the stats when I’m sitting on my couch at my house after the season. 

"I’m not gonna lie, it feels great."

In his last 10 games, Martinez is 13-39 (.333) with three doubles, three home runs and nine RBI.

If not for J.D. Martinez’s recent run, everyone would just be talking about Victor Martinez.

The Houston Astros released J.D. Martinez on March 22. 

On a recommendation from third-base coach Dave Clark, the Tigers signed Martinez to a minor-league contract two days later.

The Tigers called up J.D. Martinez on April 21. 

Last week, J.D. Martinez earned American League Player of the Week honors for batting .444 (12-for-27) with three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI.

"I think he’s confident at the plate, he should be," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told Thompson. "I think he feel comfortable. I think he feels like he’s a part of the team right now. I think that makes him feel good so we’ll keep running him out there."

Both guys right are going through one of those stretches that you go through usually once during the course of the regular season, you get locked in for about 50 at-bats.

Rod Allen

In his last 10 games, J.D. Martinez is 17-for-40 (.425) with five doubles, six home runs and 16 RBI.

"Man, he’s been swinging the bat great," Victor Martinez said. "He’s a guy that has a lot of power. Honestly, I don’t know how Houston did it."

Victor Martinez shook his head as he pondered the Astros releasing J.D. Martinez.

"If you’re watching the game, if you’re paying close attention, you know what he’s doing," Victor Martinez said. "He’s doing everything. He’s hitting the ball hard, he’s getting singles, doubles, homers. What else can you ask from the guy, drive in runs. It’s been pretty impressive. I think he only got 100-something at-bats and already has nine home runs and 30-something RBIs, it’s pretty impressive."

It’s impressive what the two Martinezes have done compared to the rest of the lineup during the team’s six-game winning streak.

They are hitting a combined .354 with seven home runs and 17 RBI.

The rest of the lineup is hitting .287 with four home runs and 22 RBI.

"The sound off of J.D. Martinez’s bat these days is so loud, 14-game hitting streak, nine home runs already up here in the big leagues," Allen said. "Had 10 down in Toledo before he got here. 

"But both guys right are going through one of those stretches that you go through usually once during the course of the regular season, you get locked in for about 50 at-bats. That’s where J.D. is. Victor, well, quite simply, he’s been locked in all year."

NOTE: The Tigers’ fourth-round pick in this year’s draft, right-handed pitcher Adam Ravenelle, pitched the final two innings Wednesday to help Vanderbilt defeat Virginia in the College World Series championship game, 3-2.

Ravenelle came into the game in the eighth inning with two men on and no one out. He escaped that jam and pitched a perfect ninth inning.

The Tigers’ eighth-round pick in this year’s draft, Artie Lewicki, pitched six innings for Virginia, allowing one run while striking out five.