The Dodgers pounded the Padres 9-0 on Tuesday night at Petco Park. The Dodger bats had been in a bit of a lull so it was great to see them breakout again and we all needed a laugher. In the bottom of the ninth inning of the blowout win veteran backup catcher Russell Martin made another relief appearance and once again tossed a scoreless frame. That’s his fourth consecutive scoreless relief appearance in blowout games this season and I am beginning to wonder. Is it worth considering using Martin as a two-way player?
Look obviously this is an extremely small sample size. Of course Martin is not a pitcher. Not really. There’s not a chance the Dodgers start using him as a high leverage reliever or anything ridiculous like that. I am certainly not advocating that either. He would probably get hammered and possibly blow his arm out. However maybe there is something real here because he hasn’t allowed a single earned run, or walk over those four shutout frames.
I think Martin was a pitcher in high school, but I am not sure. During this era of position player relief appearances Martin’s has stood out amongst the rest for his excellence. Martin has allowed just two hits and struck out two. His ERA is 0.00, and that is not a typo. Perhaps the Dodgers could give him a chance to pitch in a couple of high leverage situations, very sparingly of course in a few of these games down the stretch and see how he does. Don’t laugh at this because you know you are all probably thinking something similar. Maybe the Dodgers have something here? Besides, he’s already better than Yimi Garcia. Check out this strikeout from Tuesday night’s win below. Looks like an off-speed pitch. Go Martin!