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Dodgers: Russell Martin is Having a Career Year on the Mound

A man of many talents, Russell Martin can play multiple positions, including pitcher.

The 4-time All-Star Russell Martin has proven to the Dodgers and Dodger fans that not only can deliver hits, he can also deliver on the mound this season.

Moreover, Martin has pitched in 3 games for the Dodgers this season and he has not disappointed. In those 3 games, Martin has given up just 1 hit in 3 innings pitched. He’s also recorded one strikeout, while walking none and hitting 90+ MPH on his fastball.

As it stands, his lifetime WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) sits at an otherworldly 0.333. And he knows it.

We have seen plenty of position players pitch in 2019 — MLB Cut4 on Twitter usually does a great job keeping people in the loop, but none have had the success that Uncle Russ has had.

Martin appeared in the Dodgers third game of the season and it took just 10 pitches for him to record 3 outs. He did not allow any base runners in the process. Los Angeles went on to win that game 18-5.

His second appearance of the season came on June 26th in Arizona. This time he recorded his first career strike out, in another clean inning where he threw just 8 pitches. The Dodgers lost that contest 8-2.

Most recently on Tuesday night, closing out what was rookie Dustin May’s first career win, Russell Martin allowed his first ever base runner with a lead off single. After a fly out to center, the veteran recorded his first ever ground ball double play — going 6-4-3 on the scorecard — and ended the game tossing just 11 pitches.

With a career 0.00 ERA, and .333 WHIP, Russell Martin could be the next up and coming Shohei Ohtani at the age of 36. If you’re into the advanced stats, Russ also is carrying a 0.1 pitcher’s WAR and a FIP of 2.55.

He can do it all.

Written by Levon Satamian

My name is Levon Satamian. I am currently attending Cal State Northridge, and majoring in Broadcast Journalism.

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