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Martin: “Feel like I’m helping the team win”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 29, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hard to believe, but if Russell Martin keeps this pace through these final five games, his end-of-the-year slash line won’t be all that different from last year’s. In the month of September, Martin has hit .274/.369/.562, and he’s reached 20 homers for the first time in his career. He’s become middle-of-the-order run producer against lefties — something this team badly needs — and he’s shown value beyond what he does behind the plate.

“I feel fresh,” Martin said. “I don’t know how many games I’ve caught, but I feel like I felt in June. It’s definitely thanks to how Joe is managing the lineup and stuff. Early in my career, I wanted to be back there all the time. But now it seems like when I get rest, I feel like I’m helping the team more, so better to have me fresh out there than all beat up.”

Good all-around catchers are hard to find, but Martin does two things well at the plate: He hits homers and takes walks. If that’s enough offense to go with his defensive work, Martin just might turn this rough season into a return to the Yankees next year. For now, they need him to finish off this season and stay production into October.

Joe Girardi
“I never saw him really take his at-bats behind the plate. I never saw him visibly show anger and frustration. He seemed to handle the situation really well. He’s been kind of a bad luck guy too when you look at some of the balls he’s hit, and those are the ones that you tend to show the most frustration on when you hit a ball hard and you don’t get a hit, but he would just put his gear on and go back and catch and focus on what he needed to do back there. So I’ve been really impressed with how he’s handled it, and I think how he’s handled it has allowed him to hit better in the second half.”

Nick Swisher
“It’s crucial. I told him a while ago he had an avalanche of good stuff coming his way. Twenty jacks, a career high, congratulations to Russ. That’s big. The way that him and the staff worked (last night), this team has the ability to put a lot of runs on the board. That’s big.”

Russell Martin
“Just trying to make a bad season better. We’re playing to win at this point, so anything I can do to help the team win, that’s my main focus. This is the type of baseball that I enjoy. It’s high intensity and this is why you play the game. … It’s the first time that I actually struggled this much through a season, but I feel better now and feel like I’m helping the team win. It’s definitely a better feeling.”

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75 Responses to “Martin: “Feel like I’m helping the team win””

  1. MG September 29th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 8:42 am
    It always seems this year that the Yankees follow a stinker with a well played game or visa versa.

    Maybe the problem with Kuroda is he didn’t know how to pitch with all that run support?
    ——————–
    YT, Kuroda struggled from the 1st pitch last night, he needed the runs plus a couple of big baserunning mistakes by the Jays to get a win.

    His command was off, stuff was OK.

    Swisher had a big hit in the 1st inning, a 2 run, 2 out double in the gap.

    Martin had a 3 run blast right after the Jays scored a run in the 5th to give them a 5 run lead, until then it was close and Kuroda was pitching out of trouble every inning.

    Phelps pitched 1 2/3 in relief, gave up a 2 run blast to Lind. It was greeted with silence by the blog since the Yankees had a comfortable lead and he is the new darling of LoHud.

    Anything else you would like to know?

  2. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    You should have taken that 3/21 offer the Yankees put out there earlier.

    You’re not getting that now.

    ;)

  3. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    At least not from the Yankees.

  4. MTU September 29th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Time to walk the pupperazzi.

    Catch you all later.

  5. mick September 29th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    no hand news?

  6. blake September 29th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    MTU,

    I do think there could be a match with the Royals if both teams were willing to work out a deal…..they need pitching badly and have outfielders to spare.

    The questions obviously are what the Royals would ask for what they have and whether the Yankees can actually afford to spare pitching…..that second question depends on what Andy and Kuroda do and if they could add other pitching elsewhere…..

  7. blake September 29th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    “no hand news?”

    it’ll be about 3 months to get a real xray in Canada.

  8. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    they must know by now…

  9. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    MG-

    Thanks for the summary.

    Are the Yankees going to finish the season as the #1 seed and play the winner of the WC-O’s, A’s, Angels?

    % Chance of making the playoffs:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/huntforoctober

  10. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Mick and Blake-

    Just drive him across the border and get him examined in Buffalo.

  11. Chads Dog September 29th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    *Bark Bark*… Martin is a swell fellow. I met him a few months back and he gave me treats. *Bark Bark*

  12. austinmac September 29th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I also agree KC should be a team to deal with this OS. they have plenty of young bats, but little pitching. They seem hard to deal with historically. Teams like that must appear to win a trade with the Yankees so their fan base doesn’t think they are selling out.

  13. MG September 29th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Without looking at the probability calculations I think the Yankees chances of making it to the ALDS are extremely high.

    For them to miss the ALDS they would have to:
    (1) fall behind the O’s in the AL East-with a one game lead and 5 left that would mean winning less than 3 games and the O’s winning all 5, not likely at all
    (2) if they tie with the O’s, it would be losing 2 consecutive games-the 1st to the O’s in an AL East playoff and then losing the wildcard game (most likely at home).

    I just don’t see this string of events happening with Andy and CC pitching 2 of the next 3.

  14. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    YT
    K was saying that if a tie, best div record gives that team the homefield for a play-in game but
    that might have been for a 3 way tie.

  15. MG September 29th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    they would have to win 3 or less if the O’s win all 5, still not likely at all.

  16. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Why do they keep us waiting on Cano?
    It’s a 1pm game.

  17. CountryClub September 29th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Happy Andy Pettitte day

  18. Chads Dog September 29th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Mick,

    Don’t worry, I overheard Chad saying Cano is fine and playing today. *Woof Woof*

  19. CountryClub September 29th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    The lineup should be out within an hour. We’ll know soon enough.

  20. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Mick-

    Don’t want to post something incorrectly so…………

    Changes to the Postseason format include the following:

    Clubs from the same division will be allowed to play one another in either the Wild Card Game or the Division Series.

    Tiebreaker games will be played to determine Division Championships, even if the two tied Clubs are assured of participating in the Postseason. If a Division Championship tiebreaker game is necessary, the head-to-head record between the tied Clubs will determine home-field advantage. If the head-to-head record is tied, then division record will be the next tiebreaker.

    If two Clubs are tied for both Wild Card berths, home-field advantage will be determined by the head-to-head record between the tied Clubs. If the head-to-head record is tied, then division record will be the next tiebreaker.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....d=20120809

  21. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    TB could easily be shot by Mon vs Balt with nothing to play for.
    Their magic # is 3 vs Oak.

  22. blake September 29th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I agree that KC would probably be kinda tough to deal with for the Yankees…..most teams are.

    Martin probably will be their best catching option next year….just have to be careful not to over pay……I’d love to keep it to one year and would even consider making him the qualifying offer to insure that .

  23. MG September 29th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    mick, take a chill pill:

    M_Marakovits Hearing Robinson Cano’s x-ray came back fine.. Nothing official… Lineup probably won’t be posted for awhile #Yankees

  24. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Thanks YT, had thought all along that the tiebreaker was just that.
    Making them play a playoff game is even more exciting.
    From what they were saying tho’ I believe the loser of that game has to enter the WC elimination as a 3rd team even if their record is worse than the other 2 WC entries.

  25. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    M_Marakovits Hearing Robinson Cano’s x-ray came back fine.. Nothing official…

  26. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Used to be it was your walk “year.”
    Now it comes down to your last month with Swish and Martin.

  27. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    TB could easily be shot by Mon vs Balt with nothing to play for.
    ————————————-
    That’s looking quite possible as the Tigers can’t seem to beat the Twins, and if the WS can beat the Rays the next two.

    Question- If they are out of it do the Rays pitch Shields and Hellickson on their due rotation days, Tuesday and Wednesday or just throw in their second stringers?

  28. blake September 29th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I dont think there is any way Robbie stays in that game last night if he were in considerable pain….it looked like it caught him kinda on the meat of thd palm to me on the replay.

  29. 86w183 September 29th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Only one game back of Texas for # 1 seed.

    Better to focus positive energy instead of worrying about how they could miss out altogether.

    Kuroda is a major concern. He has not gone more than 6 1/3 in any of his five September starts. He has a WHIP of 1.57 and ERA of 5.22. Velocity is down and there’s no sharpness to his breaking pitches.

    Ideally they don’t need to win Wednesday and they can give him a couple of extra days off.

  30. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Kuroda seems to have hit a wall.
    Doubt he has ever pitched under stress like this.
    Have a feeling he will bounce back in the playoffs.

  31. MG September 29th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    blake September 29th, 2012 at 9:25 am
    I dont think there is any way Robbie stays in that game last night if he were in considerable pain….it looked like it caught him kinda on the meat of thd palm to me on the replay.
    ————–
    The Yankees are always overly cautious-he batted again later in the game and had a bloop single, they wouldn’t have let him hit if there was a chance of a fracture.

  32. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Does Martin get an offer, if he continues to produce, during the 5 day exclusive Yankee window after the conclusion of the WS, or do the Yankees have him test FA?

    Personally I’d like the Yankees to explore trading for Carlos Ruiz.

  33. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Angels look ready to sweep Tex.
    If we get best record and play the winner of a Oak-Balt WC game, both Oak and us would have to fly out to CA. if they win.
    If Balt wins we are in YS South.
    Not that bad…

  34. Bo knows September 29th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Actually, Kuroda’s velocity isn’t down. That’s what’s puzzling. A lot of breaking pitch hangers.

  35. 86w183 September 29th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    “I’d love to keep it to one year and would even consider making him the qualifying offer to insure that .”

    ************************************************************************

    Blake, my man I’ve told you this before. You’d have to be insane to offer Russell Martin a one year, $ 13.4 Million contract. I’m not sure I’d offer him that much for two years.

  36. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Jeter will DH today , Nix will play SS. IMO.
    McGeeHee at 1st, Swish RF or one more chance for Jones in LF?

  37. Bo knows September 29th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I’m still bummed that Dickerson isn’t getting any playing time. His limited at bats have looked good.

  38. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Nuney being unable to field could leave him off the roster and Jones could take his place.
    Esp if Gardy comes along.

  39. 86w183 September 29th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    The Phillies have Ruiz for just $ 5 M next season coming off a .324, 16 HR season. Don’t see any reason they would move him.

    I seem to remember Juroda hanging around 94 most of the year. Last night was more 91-92. He has set a career high in innings for the second year in a row. I think he’s gassed.

  40. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    The thought of Kuroda pitching stressfull innings next Wed. is a little scary.
    Not as bad as Nova.
    That was supposed to be Andy’s day, damned rain.

  41. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    There is no chance the Yankees will even contemplate giving Martin the qualifying offer. He’d be a fool not to take it.

    During that 5 day window they’ll have a number of decisions to make and see if Soriano opts out.

  42. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    YT-
    When is the window?

  43. blake September 29th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    86,

    we see this stuff differently…..Martin is making almost 8 million this year and to me with 2014 just around the corner I would be doing everything I could to stay flexible and to keep as many deals to 1 year as possible.

    Yes 13.5 million is an over pay for Martin…..but its also for 1 year only and totally off the books before 2014. Im not saying I’d do it for sure……it depends on what the alternatives are and what Martin would ask for a longer contract. I’d obviously much rather get him for less money…..but if he demands a 3 year deal and there are no other better alternatives then I would consider overpaying him for 2013 just to stay flexible and make sure I had a decent catching option next year.

  44. Bo knows September 29th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I seem to remember Juroda hanging around 94 most of the year. Last night was more 91-92. He has set a career high in innings for the second year in a row. I think he’s gassed.

    —-
    My selective memory differs. But it’s my selective memory and I’m sticking to it.

    Agreed on the gassed.

  45. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Why wouldn’t they give Martin the same offer of 3/21?
    Esp with his strong finish?

  46. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    86w183-

    Wouldn’t think Ruiz would be moved either, but their BUC, rookie Eric Kratz, has played well, based on looking only at his stats and the Phillies need OF’ers.

    Will they go hard after Nick Swisher in FA?

  47. Andymelillo September 29th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    The yankees scored 8 runs on wednsday 0 on Thursday an 11 on Friday they should have saved some. For today the yankees got lucky last night that Toronto was worst on the base path than yankees. koroda got very lucky.

  48. blake September 29th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I’d rather give Martin a 1 year 13.5 million dollar deal than a 3/21 deal. it’s less total money and 2013 isn’t affected by the new tax threshold. You can pay him next year then start with a clean slate for 2014…..in the 3 year deal your on the hook for 7 million in 2014 and 2015 also…..when you may not even need Martin anymore.

    Teams will pay more money per year to lower terms.

  49. 86w183 September 29th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    There’s a site that tracks pitchers’ velocity. I just don’t know where it is or how to use it.

    Blake — I get your point, just don’t agree. I suspect you could get him for $ 10 M before the five days are up. If not, seeya. I’d rather a minimum wage platoon and spend the $$$ elsewhere.

  50. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    blake
    who is coming around in ’14 to catch?
    why not a 2/14 deal? could be front loaded.
    5-7m in ’14 should not be a burden.

  51. Bo knows September 29th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    To my eye, Martin developed as a hitter over the season. More opposite field swings.

    The good thing about this season is that the shift will force these yahoos to hit up the middle instead of all that hooking which is my personal peeve.

  52. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    or 1 year with a team option for ’14.

  53. austinmac September 29th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I do think they try to bring Martin back as I don’t see any realistic options. The Phils aren’t trading Ruiz to us to be nice. I think Martin is an offensive juggernaut compared to Romine. Two year contract and hope for Sanchez.

  54. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Mick-

    October 24, 2012
    World Series begins

    Immediately after the World Series
    Eligible players become free agents

    Sixth day after completion of World Series
    First day that Major League and Minor League free agents may sign contracts with teams other than their former clubs

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedul....._dates.jsp

  55. mick September 29th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Thanks YT…

  56. 86w183 September 29th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Kratz is 32…. took him a long time to get his shot @ the show.

    Catching options aren’t great…. unless you trade for Mauer that is!

  57. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Any concern with the 9 passed balls, and the SB% .763 thru last Sunday?

  58. blake September 29th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    “who is coming around in ’14 to catch? why not a 2/14 deal? could be front loaded. 5-7m in ’14 should not be a burden”

    Obviously Id rather do 2/14…..but he may not accept that.

  59. blake September 29th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Kuroda’s average velo is basically the same as last year…..91.7 in 2012 to 92.0 in 2011

  60. Bo knows September 29th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    There’s a site that tracks pitchers’ velocity. I just don’t know where it is or how to use it.

    ———-
    Nah, I was over on RAB this morning checking in. They had a discussion on what should a Triple Crown be based on in new stats. There was more alphabet flying around.

    I once lost a bet between the Angels and the Yankees – on who had the older team. The ruling was that the Yankees were older. They were in an earlier time zone.

    I’m a firm believer in subjective stats – With a dash of humor.

  61. bruceb September 29th, 2012 at 9:59 am

    For me, today’s game is going to decide whether we are going to win the division or end up as the wild card.

    Forget last night’s offensive outburst, Ricky Romero is just the type of pitcher who could shut down the Yanks’ right-handed lineup and it’s going to be hard for Andy to continue his streak of scoreless innings.

    Come through this test and I believe we will return home to New York with at least a one-game lead and in the driving seat. Lose it and…well I just don’t want to think about that scenario!

  62. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    The catching options aren’t great from the list of FA’s. Statistically a number of catchers had unusual down years starting with McCann.

    If the Yankees want to use their financial resources elsewhere, and just rely on getting a defensive minded catcher, are you still satisfied with Martin’s defense, that he should get at minimum another 7M/year for 2-3 years?

  63. LGY September 29th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Kuroda’s fastball averaged 93 MPH last night. Actually a tick above his 92.3 MPH average this season.

  64. austinmac September 29th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I did see a number of 93s and a few 94s yesterday. His velocity seemed consistent with earlier in the year. His command was off and his slider didn’t seem as sharp. Certainly, slider sharpness can be impacted by fatigue and arm strength. It would be nice to give him a breather. Let’s hope it’s possible.

  65. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Look at these pitching matchups today throughout the league. This is the best day for the Yankees to get a 2 game lead on the O’s as the RS are at least in one of the 3 game set throwing one of their decent pitchers-Doubront:

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/probable-pitchers

  66. Bo knows September 29th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Kuroda’s fastball averaged 93 MPH last night. Actually a tick above his 92.3 MPH average this season
    ————-
    Okay, subjective stats with a dash of numbers backup.

  67. mick September 29th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    : Today’s lineup: jeter dh ichiro 7 arod 5 cano 4 swisher 3 granderson 8 jones 9 Nunez 6 Stewart 2

  68. mick September 29th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    nuney at SS?

  69. Bo knows September 29th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    That Rasmus SO was a Wahhoo.

  70. LGY September 29th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Martin has 18 oppo hits this season. .273 AVG, .909 OPS, .186 BABIP when he goes oppo. 7 of the 18 hits are HRs.

  71. austinmac September 29th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    The long nightmare of no Jonesy has ended. Finally, we can see him swing at CUs and sliders in the dirt.

    One would think Joe would look at the binder and see Romero’s reverse splits.

  72. mick September 29th, 2012 at 10:14 am

    move on===>

  73. austinmac September 29th, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I know Rasmuss looks scruffy, has a low BA, but I like him as a player. He will become a very good player, in my opinion.

  74. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Yankees are playing the second easiest schedule[the Tigers are first], based on the opposing teams winning%. The Rangers the hardest.

    The Yankees “should” finish with the #1 seed and play the winner of the WC on their home turf next Sunday, having 3 days rest to set their rotation.

    If it’s the A’s do you go with CC and Hughes away, giving Hughes a bigger pitcher friendly park to pitch in?

    If it’s the O’s, a short bus ride, is it CC and ?

    If the Angels sneak in, Kuroda has pitched well vs them this year and last year as a Dodger. Does he pitch game 2?

    Thoughts?

  75. comet September 29th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Uh guys it’s not difficult to get medical treatment in Canada. Any athlete who is hurt gets an MRI or CAT scan right away just down there.

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