Currrently, it's one of the more remarkable statistics in baseball that folks probably know next to nothing about.
Since joining the Detroit Tigers, J.D. Martinez has 16 home runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Not only has he shown plenty of power overall, but a definite flair for the dramatic in the two innings where the opposition desperately wants to get outs the most.
In the last week alone, Martinez has clubbed three, turning around a game against the Chicago White Sox, tying Tuesday's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates and nearly bringing Detroit all the way back from an insurmountable seeming deficit on Thursday.
Not only has Martinez been responsible for most of Detroit's offensive output lately nearly himself, he's been getting these key hits at clutch moments in time.
Such feats in rapid succession beg the question: what, exactly, makes Martinez such a force to be reckoned with, especially in the pressure cooking later innings?
The only man capable of answering that query from afar is Brad Ausmus, who has a front row seat every night Martinez takes the field, and also gets an up-close view of him during batting practice. From where Ausmus sits, the answer is actually simple, as is the approach.Read more... Join the Conversation...