|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||410.00||14.00||.224||52.00||47.00||6.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Cincinnati||32||4||0|| .333|| .125|| .125|
|vs Simon (Career)||9||0||0||0||.182||0|
|vs RHP||241||72||7|| .405|| .444|| .299|
|08/30/2014||Matt Kemp, LF LAD|
Russell Martin, C PIT
Wil Myers, RF TB
Julio Teheran, SP ATL
John Lackey, SP STL
|Christian Yelich, LF MIA|
David Price, SP DET
Francisco Rodriguez, RP MIL
Derek Norris, C OAK
Marlon Byrd, RF PHI
|08/30/2014||Brett Gardner, LF NYY|
Gregory Polanco, RF PIT
James Paxton, SP SEA
|Russell Martin, C PIT|
Jean Segura, SS MIL
|08/30/2014||Kennys Vargas, DH MIN|
Russell Martin, C PIT
|Buster Posey, C SF|
|Last 10 Games|
|Russell Martin having impressive season |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(8/27/14) So you're the lucky owner who invested in Wilin Rosario and have driven yourself crazy trying to find an adequate replacement?
Let me ask you: Have you given a second thought to Russell Martin? Probably not. He's pretty much established his mediocrity over the last few years and is a not-so-impressive 68 percent owned.
Well, here's a revelation for you: Martin has averaged more Head-to-Head points per game this season than Buster Posey. Yes, really.
The reason I use average points per game is because he missed a month earlier this season with a strained hamstring. Since returning May 23, he's batting .305 with an incredible .431 on-base percentage and .860 OPS.
The plate discipline isn't so new to him. The batting average is. Plagued by inconsistency since his early days with the Dodgers, when he was shaping up to be an elite Fantasy catcher, he typically finishes with a batting average south of .250, but in three of the four months since his return, he has hit over .300.
Kind of makes 2008 seem not so long ago, doesn't it?
|Russell Martin swats seventh home run Saturday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(8/24/14) Pirates catcher Russell Martin went 2 for 4 with a walk, a double, a home run and three RBI in his team's 10-2 win over the Brewers Saturday.
Martin slugged a three-run home run as part of a five-run fifth inning, and it was immediately followed by another home run from Pedro Alvarez, who had two on the night. The catcher has hit .288/.410/.411 with seven home runs and 51 RBI in 285 at-bats.
|Russell Martin knocks sixth home run Monday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(8/11/14) Pirates catcher Russell Martin went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 11-6 win over the Tigers Monday.
Martin's home run was one of four in the game for the Pirates, who jumped out to an 8-1 lead by the end of the second inning. The catcher has put together a nine-game hitting streak, but Monday's home run was his first since July 10. He has hit .290/.413/.401 with six home runs and 46 RBI in 252 at-bats.
|Russell Martin hits fifth home run Thursday |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(7/10/14) Pirates catcher Russell Martin clubbed his fifth home run Thursday against the Cardinals.
Martin struck in the top of the ninth. Martin worked a three-pitch at-bat against Jason Motte. On the final pitch, he belted a 94 mph fastball out to left for a solo shot. Martin also singled twice and walked, reaching base four times. He finished 3 for 4, with one run and two RBI.
|Pirates giving Russell Martin time off to rest |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(6/29/14) The Pirates chose to give catcher Russell Martin a second straight day off Sunday against the Mets as a chance to give him another day to rest, per MLB.com.
"Catcher is a physically-taxing position," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "With the pure off-day [on Monday], [Pirates manager Clint Hurdle] and I walked through it and thought it was a good opportunity to give him another day to recover and keep him as strong and sharp as we can for the rest of the season."
|A new addition to the team in 2013, Russell Martin got much of the credit for the Pirates' first trip to the postseason in 21 years, even earning MVP consideration. But as far as Fantasy owners are concerned, he was the same player he's been for the last few years now. When he hit six home runs in April, a few held out hope he could recapture the form of his early Dodgers days now that he was out of the pressure cooker of New York and back in the NL, but he couldn't escape the inevitable regression to the mean. In the end, his home runs dipped from a career-high 21 in 2012 to a more typical 15, and he hit less than .240 for the third straight season thanks to a .127 mark in September. That's who he is now -- good enough to serve as a second catcher in leagues that require them but more of a headache than he's worth to some Fantasy owners -- and he's unlikely to change at age 31. If you want cheap pop at the position and can live with the peaks and valleys, you could give Martin a late-round look, but you'd be passing on the higher-upside Travis d'Arnaud, Mike Zunino, Josmil Pinto and Devin Mesoraco types to do so.
(Updated 1/6/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|8/31/14||CIN||1:35 pm||Johnny Cueto|
|9/1/14||@ STL||2:15 pm||Lance Lynn|
|9/2/14||@ STL||8:15 pm||Adam Wainwright|
|9/3/14||@ STL||1:45 pm||Shelby Miller|
|9/5/14||@ CHC||2:20 pm||Tsuyoshi Wada|
|9/6/14||@ CHC||4:05 pm||Travis Wood|
|9/7/14||@ CHC||2:20 pm||Jacob Turner|