For the first time this season, JD Martinez has been named the American League Player of the Month.
After enjoying an August where he slashed .373/.453/.686 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 26 games, it is clear to see why the AL MVP frontrunner was the right choice to receive this particular award.
On the season as a whole, Martinez is currently in the top three of the following offensive categories in the American League:
Batting Average (.336)
Home Runs (39)
Runs Scored (102)
On Base Percentage (.407)
Slugging Percentage (.644)
Despite all the skepticism that came with the signing back in February, we now are at a point where Martinez has the chance to earn baseball’s first Triple Crown since 2012 and the Red Sox’s first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat more than five decades ago in 1967. Not bad.
The 31-year-old will look to build onto that case later tonight, as he bats third in Boston’s lineup against the Braves in Atlanta.