J.D. Martinez certainly has showcased his strength at the plate this season.
The Boston Red Sox slugger currently leads Major League Baseball in home runs (37) and RBIs (104), and belted two more round-trippers in Saturday’s 6-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Boston manager Alex Cora knows he has a special hitter in Martinez. He expressed that to WEEI’s Tim Neverett before Sunday’s 4-1 victory over the O’s, saying there’s “no doubt about it” that the 30-year-old is the best hitter in the sport.
“It’s impressive because he stays with his plan,” Cora said, via WEEI’s Rob Bradford. “He looks for mistakes and when he gets them, he’s not missing them.”
The skipper noted once Martinez cranked his second homer of Saturday’s matchup, he couldn’t help but admire how much work he’s put in throughout the season.
“After the second one (Saturday), I was in awe,” Cora said. “Like, whoa, this is really happening.”
Martinez has opened up about his hitting approach plenty of times, saying he watches his own batting practice to keep mistakes at the dish minimal. And his work hasn’t gone unnoticed by the manager.
“It’s his preparation and his discipline. There’s no doubt about it the way he prepares is the best way to do it,” Cora said. “He visualizes, he looks at video, he looks for certain things (and) tendencies. The tough part of it is going out there and performing and executing at every at-bat, and he does. It’s really impressive.”
Impressive, to say the least. Martinez is on pace to rack up 140 RBIs and 48 home runs. And if he keeps doing what he’s been doing, he surely will get there.
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