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Victor Martinez just struck out looking for the first time in a year

May 5, 2014, 7:41 PM EDT

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Here’s a true rarity: Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez struck out looking against Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart to end the first inning of Monday’s game.

It was his first strikeout looking since Matt Albers, then of the Indians, got him on May 21, 2013.

Martinez had struck out 42 times since that date, but all were of the swinging variety. He had gone 579 plate appearances without striking out looking.

While Martinez has never been a big strikeout guy — his career high is 78, established in 2006 and matched a year later — he’s taken things to a new level this year. Monday’s strikeout was just his fourth in 96 at-bats and 110 plate appearances.

  1. raynman49 - May 5, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    What? Ike walked in his only at bat so far. Hater!

  2. gothapotamus90210 - May 5, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    That pretty impressive. And it’s not as though he swings through a lot of pitches.

  3. rcj22001 - May 5, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Everyone kept saying they wouldn’t have anyone to protect Miggy when Prince got dealt to Texas, and I kept saying we need a guy to protect the guy protecting Miggy. Martinez is as professional a hitter as there is in MLB today.

    • bender4700 - May 5, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Also, they don’t have slouches hitting behind Victor either.

  4. chiadam - May 5, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    BJ Upton struck out twice just reading this.

    • kevinbnyc - May 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Both looking.

  5. druhlman - May 5, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Castellanos has done a great job so far, pleasant surprise.

  6. crnvic847 - May 5, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    It will take Martinez four seasons to catch up to Adam Dunn’s strikeout total from last season!

  7. philliesblow - May 5, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    He’s a free agent at the end of the season and even though he’ll be 36 by the time next season starts I would not have a problem with the Tigers offering him a 3 year deal.

  8. historiophiliac - May 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    And then he hit a home run.

  9. prohippietalk - May 5, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    He’s a modern day Joe Sewell.

  10. adenzeno - May 6, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    While this is an impressive feat, How many pitches per plate appearance does he see? Does he put the balll in play early in the count? These can and will affect the K total.

    • seeinred87 - May 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      He’s seeing just over 4.25 pitches per plate appearance so far this season.

      • adenzeno - May 6, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        Thanks!

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 6, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Given the stats in the post above, I would say he is seeing all of them.

      • adenzeno - May 6, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        Nice…I like the humor..well played.

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