Victor Martínez
DH DET
3 months ago

Martinez batted fifth in all three of Detroit's games with Cleveland over the weekend after serving as the cleanup hitter for his previous 11 starts.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Ron Gardenhire previously indicated that he didn't have plans to move Martinez down from the cleanup spot, but the veteran simply isn't providing much pop, with just a .656 OPS and four home runs this season. Jeimer Candelario, who has an .857 OPS and 10 home runs, batted in front of Martinez in each game over the weekend. It remains to be seen if this switch is permanent, but the numbers definitely suggest a move down in the order is warranted for Martinez.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
4 months ago

Martinez is out of the lineup for Game 1 of the Tigers' doubleheader Monday with the Yankees, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez will be on the bench for a second straight afternoon game after he also took a seat in Sunday's contest against the Blue Jays. The veteran's absence from the lineup is mostly a result of the Tigers exercising caution with Miguel Cabrera, who will act as the team's designated hitter in Game 1 after returning from a hamstring injury a few days earlier. Cabrera will likely sit out Game 2 or return to his normal spot at first base, so expect Martinez to reenter the lineup as the DH in the nightcap.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
4 months ago

Martinez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire will reserve designated-hitter duties for Miguel Cabrera in the series finale with the two-time American League MVP returning from a hamstring injury earlier this weekend, leaving no room in the lineup for Martinez. After his production slipped dramatically in 2017, Martinez hasn't seen his numbers rebound in the current campaign, but he's at least been a tougher out of late. Over his last 14 games, Martinez has gone 16-for-49 (.327) at the dish, though only three of those hits have gone for extra-bases.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
4 months ago

The Tigers have no plans of removing Martinez, who is slashing just .251/.314/.363, from the cleanup spot, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez's numbers are down across the board from last season, and previous Tigers manager Brad Ausmus did end up sliding the veteran down in the order in 2017. However, new manager Ron Gardenhire said he doesn't plan on following suit. "You don't screw around with veterans," he said. "You don't bounce them all over the place." Martinez hasn't been much of a fantasy factor this season, but at least he should continue to receive at-bats in the middle of the order, which could boost his counting stats somewhat.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
4 months ago

Martinez is out of the lineup Monday against the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez will head to the bench for a breather after starting the previous six games, going 6-for-22 with a pair of RBI over that stretch. Leonys Martin will get a game at DH in his stead, with Niko Goodrum, JaCoby Jones and Nick Castellanos manning the Tigers' outfield from left to right.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
4 months ago

Martinez went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez has been productive over his last seven games, going 8-for-22 with three runs and three RBI. The veteran is still hitting just .243 with a .679 OPS this season, however, and his fantasy value remains limited due to his positional limitations and moderate production.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
4 months ago

Martinez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez tallied four hits -- including a double and home run -- and drove in two runs in the first three games of the series, but he'll be withheld from the lineup with Leonys Martin set to handle DH duties.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
4 months ago

Martinez is out of the lineup against Cleveland on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez will retreat to the bench following four straight starts, going 0-for-15 with two walks during that span. In his place, Nick Castellanos will serve as the Tigers' DH while Niko Goodrum gets a start in right field.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
4 months ago

Martinez is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against Seattle, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez will take a seat for the afternoon contest as Grayson Greiner gets a start behind the plate, shifting James McCann to the DH spot. Expect to see Martinez in the lineup for Game 2.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
4 months ago

Martinez is not in the lineup against Texas on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez will receive a standard day off following five straight starts, including a 1-for-4 showing with a two-run home run during Tuesday's victory. In his absence, James McCann will serve as the Tigers' designated hitter for the series finale while Grayson Greiner gets a start behind the plate.