Dodger’s mop-up reliever Brock Stewart has allowed five earned runs in just 3.1 innings so far in this young 2019 season. Yimi Garcia has allowed two earned runs and three walks in two innings. His ERA is 9.00. Flame throwing right hander Joe Kelly whom the Dodgers just signed has allowed two earned runs on three hits without recording a strikeout. Certainly all three of those guys suck, but do you want to read something funny? Do you know how many runs Dodger’s catcher Russell Martin has allowed? ZERO.
That’s right. In case you missed it, the veteran backstop joined the hoards of popularity these days by becoming yet another position player to take the mound during the top of the ninth inning in the Dodger’s 18-5 whitewashing of the Dbacks on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. MLB is trying to stop this from happening because it’s stupid. Yet we all must admit that much like a fiery car wreck we can’t look away. We all remember vividly a few years back when utility man Skip Schumaker was asked to pitch a couple of innings in a blow out game.
Position players taking the mound is always entertaining. Earlier in the same game the opposing catcher John Ryan Murphy pitched as well. He allowed seven earned runs on eight hits across two innings while issuing three walks. Martin was much more effective.
And so on that night of March 30, 2019 the year of our lord Martin trotted out to the mound and tossed a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game. Not only did Martin need just ten pitches to close things out, but he also proved he was more effective than those other bums mentioned above.
And he wasn’t throwing 65 MPH floaters like Murphy did. Martin was bringing the heat. He was throwing 83, hand to god. He induced two grounders and a fly out to end the game. Everyone had quite a chuckle watching Martin being congratulated by Austin Barnes. It also proved he’s a more viable solution than half of the backend of the bullpen. Think about that for a minute.