|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||7/25/1988|
|Height, Weight||6'6", 215 lbs|
|From||La Guaira, VEN|
|Nationality||Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of|
Martinez went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit three-run home run in a 9-5 victory against the Mets on Friday.
His three-run blast in the fifth gave the Cardinals a three-run lead. Martinez hasn't played much in June, so he needs this kind of production to get more at-bats. He's 3-for-19 (.158) with one homer and five RBI in June. Overall, Martinez is hitting .286 with 12 extra-base hits, including four homers, 26 RBI, 22 runs and one steal in 175 at-bats this season.
Martinez, who logged only his second start of June in Saturday's loss to the Cubs, has been ceding playing time to Harrison Bader and is 1-for-10 over his last seven games overall.
Bader has been handling everyday center field duties in recent games, which has shifted Dexter Fowler over to Martinez's usual spot in right field. The irregular amount of playing time may be affecting Martinez's rhythm at the plate, as the normally reliable hitter has seen his average dip 12 points to .291 during the aforementioned stretch. Meanwhile, Bader has hit safely in five of the last six games, a stretch that includes a pair of home runs. Therefore, for the time being, Martinez may be relegated to only occasional starts and pinch-hit duty.