One of the driving forces behind the Dodgers’ triumphant campaign this year is the seasoned powerhouse, J.D. Martinez. Despite inking a mere $10 million deal during the offseason, Martinez’s influence on the team’s fortunes has been immense.
Though recently grappling with injuries, his significance in propelling LA to early-season success cannot be underestimated. Over 92 games, Martinez has posted impressive statistics, boasting a .256 batting average, 25 home runs, and 78 runs batted in. Although sidelined since August 19, fans eagerly anticipate Martinez’s return to the Dodgers’ lineup, slated for the upcoming series against the Washington Nationals. The collective hope is for him to maintain peak physical condition, thus making a pivotal difference in the postseason.
Manager Dave Roberts radiates confidence in Martinez’s ability to regain his previous form and remain there. As the postseason looms closer, the value of his veteran presence within the team escalates. Martinez is no stranger to postseason success, as evidenced by his pivotal role with the Boston Red Sox during their victorious 2018 World Series campaign against the Dodgers. Now, it’s the Dodgers who are banking on his postseason prowess.
“I think that we’re all pretty confident. Hopeful and confident, I guess,” Roberts said. “But I think where we’re at right now – if he’s not, it’s where we’re at. I think he knows that. We’ve done everything we can do. He’s got to be out there and post for us as we finish out the season.”
Martinez’s continued presence in the lineup promises to be a game-changer for everyone involved. LA yearns for his potent bat in the heart of their lineup, a factor that has been conspicuously absent of late. The hope is that he can etch his name into the annals of Dodger legendry this postseason. His skillset undeniably positions him for such a feat; all that remains is his ability to remain on the field.
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