Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Even Dierker can't explain Martinez

Larry Dierker spent some time thinking about J.D. Martinez:

Watching him, I can't explain it. Martinez has an odd stutter step in his swing. And he takes it when the pitcher starts his delivery -- too soon. What's more, he holds his hands too far from his right shoulder, which elongates his swing. He shouldn't be able to hit like that. But I guess nobody told him.

Still, haters gon hate:
There is just one thing that's bothered me. As a former pitcher, I wondered why Martinez is playing in the outfield. He'll never be better than average out there.

Jamie Quirk said Martinez is not playing the infield because the Astros are concerned about his knee, and Dierker seems to like the idea of Martinez taking over the 3B spot from Paredes/Johnson, with Paredes moving to the outfield, thanks to his speed. What do you think?


Kathy Amen said...

I don't care where he plays as long as he gets to bat. Plus he's kind of cute 8-)

Juvenile Court Clerk said...

I don't see any evidence of him having played the infield before, outside of two games at 1st back in 2009. I even checked Nova Southeastern, and it looks like he only played the outfield. I don't know where Dierker pulled 3B out of.

OremLK said...

His knees can't handle everyday infield play and I think he would be pretty bad defensively at third base.

giveusliberty1776 said...

Martinez swing/stance comes under the heading-"if it ain't broke...."

J.D. IS an upgrade in LF over Lee, now what?

Larry's okay, let Mills manage.