JD Martinez finally put an end to a shocking drought

JD Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox completes a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on July 10, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Boston Red Sox veteran slugger JD Martinez hit home runs in his team’s 11-6 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday night.

The series ended with two wins each, and Martinez was instrumental in the finale.

As it turns out, there haven’t been many home runs from Martinez recently.

“With his home run tonight, JD Martinez breaks 22-game homeless streak. This was his longest streak without a dinger since the overlapping streak from the 2013-14 season,” tweeted ESPN Stats & Info did.

For an accomplished slugger like Martinez, 22 games without a home run is plenty.

Thankfully, this cycle is over for them now.

Even with a 22-game homeless streak, the 2022 season has been productive for Martinez.

Slugger has a productive season despite recent streak

He has a .311/.378/.493 line as of Monday afternoon with nine home runs and a .871 OPS.

It’s quite valuable, even if it’s clearly not his best power output or projection.

Even with a home run hit yesterday, he has been on fire with the .345/.387/.552 line in the last seven games.

In fact, it’s a good supplement. xander bogarts, Raphael Divers, Trevor StoryAnd the rest of the Red Sox middle-order sluggers.

He might not have the game-changing power anymore, but he can still hit for high averages and some extra-bases as well.

Martinez, 34, is probably already having the best years, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a key piece on a contender, which is his role at the moment.

He is quite capable of maintaining his rate stats throughout the year and can mash up the Red Sox in the post season on the go.

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