Martinez rewards Porter’s faith in him
After outfielder J.D. Martinez went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in Monday’s win over the Rockies, Astros manager Bo Porter tapped him on the back and told him he would be right back in the lineup the next day. Martinez went 8-for-13 in the following three games against Colorado, rewarding Porter’s faith in him.
“I told him he’s not going to go the rest of the season and not strike out five times, so why does it matter if it happened in five consecutive at-bats?” Porter said. “You can’t let it become a mental thing where you’re thinking about the strikeout. You have to make sure you stay in the frame of mind that gives you the best opportunity to be successful.”
Martinez went 4-for-5 on Thursday’s win over the Rockies, setting a career high for hits. He’s hitting .416 (15-for-36) over his last eight games with three doubles, two home runs, eight RBIs and six runs scored.
“I just felt like a lot of this series, the strikeout and stuff, I was catching myself thinking too much,” Martinez said. “I was guessing the situation and what they’re going to throw me and stuff like that. Today I said, ‘I don’t care, I’m going to react. I’m going to look for the ball in a spot and if it’s there, I’m going to react to it.’ I felt like that’s what I did today.”