J. D. Martinez waited and waited and waited. The Boston Red Sox waited and waited and waited. Finally, the two sides, which had always felt like a predetermined result, agreed to a contract at the end of February. Although this marriage is still in the honeymoon stage, it seems to have many happy moments: Martinez is on fire and proving that his 2017 monster season was no coincidence.
Martinez has busted a two-headed homer in Boston's first inning 6-4 victory over the A's and hits .344 / .395 / .644 with 12 homers and 36 RBIs in 41 games. The Red Sox needed a power hitter and they have one:
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These are seven homers in 14 games for Martinez, and he has his base in 21 achieves consecutive games. His numbers in the last two seasons: 160 G, .314 / .381 / .677, 57 HR, 140 RBI.
The Red Sox are the number two in the majors in runs per game behind only the Yankees, and after finishing last in the AL in home runs in 2017, they are in second place this year with 59, behind Clevelands 64 bound. With Mookie Betts even hotter than Martinez, Xander Bogaerts back from his DL Stint and Harken (he was also married on Wednesday) and Mitch Moreland beating over .600 is a scary lineup with the potential to get better. Rafael Devers has not done much (.245 / .286 / .423), the catchers were a big zero and Eduardo Nunez did not contribute to Dustin Pedroia, who started his rehab phase with minors.  Is Martinez worth $ 110 million? So far so good.
Justin Verlander beats better than Justin Verlander: In a series that was played with a playoff-like intensity, Verlander went into the distance in a 2-0 victory over the Angels, his first shutout with the Astros and the eighth in his career. It seems strange that he only has eight career failures – damn it, Fernando Valenzuela threw eight years of his rookie season in 1981 – but it's a reminder that nowadays nobody throws out complete games. So guess what, when they happen!
. @JustinVerlander against Ohtani was the matchup we needed.
Advantage: JV pic.twitter.com/yvEiVH18rF
– MLB (@MLB) May 17, 2018
Verlander crossed seven innings with 83 pitches. The Angels got runners in second and third with an Out – Kole Calhoun's double in the middle bounced over the wall, otherwise Ian Kinsler would probably have hit – but Verlander grazed Luis Valbuena and looked at a 97 mph heater that caught the inside corner. The appeal triggered some complaints from Valbuena and Mike Scioscia (I'm pretty sure no manager complains about called strikes anymore than Scioscia), but it was a strike. Verlander then brought Mike Trout to a dribbler back to the hill, and Verlander pumped his fist excitedly.
It was his final game. Love it. The Angels got a hit and went with two outs in the ninth, but Zack Cozart came in first – a 97 mph fastball on Veranderer's 118th bad luck.
His season stats: 5-2 in 10 starts, 1.05 ERA, 84 strikeouts allowed in 68.2 innings, .148 batting average. How are Daz Cameron, Franklin Perez and Jake Rogers among the minors?
Braves are being robbed, beating Cubs anyway: Cubs center fielder Albert Almora has stolen Tyler Flowers a homerun with this terrific catch: 19659003] Add it @albertalmora 's Role added. pic.twitter.com/SDTOOsfx2i
– Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 17, 2018
The ball had a hit probability of 95 percent. Unfortunately, baseball.
The game was 1-1 tied when the Braves made three runs in the eighth of the normally strong Carl Edwards jr. Targeted, who has allowed seven passes in his last three appearances. The top of the lineup did the damage. Ozzie Albies tripled with one, Ronald Acuna Jr. pulled him in and Freddie Freeman's single (plus three walks, one on purpose) would lead to two more runs and a 4-1 Atlanta win. Note:
Freddie Freeman is constantly DESTROYING the shift. Teams move anyway. Eighth inning, Cubs attract big shift, Freeman hacks a ground ball to the left field. If only there could be more …
– Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) May 17, 2018
I saw another man striking a layer in an earlier game that helped open things as well , The Rangers and Mariners were 0-0 in the second round when Isiah Kiner-Falefa finished with a base hit. Rougned Odor then reached the second baseman who was playing in a deep shift on a drawing-stone. This led to the go-ahead run (and the Rangers broke it with four more runs in the ninth). Would love to see more of it. Beat the layer enough and they stop moving to you.
Quote of the Year: Speaking of the Rangers, this game was 0-0 because Bartolo colon threw a gem with 7.2 scoreless innings. He did that 102 mph line drive from his belly early in the game. His comment afterwards: "I have a big belly, so I can take it."
The pitcher of the Mets scored a victory on Tuesday, but as intimidating as Thor The Stuff looks, he has been surprisingly successful so far.
We know that strikeouts are at an all-time high and are unlikely to fall so soon. But 41K for a walk? Come on, now.
OK, that's funny, and that's amazing: In 16 career starts at Safeco Field, Colon is 14-1 with an ERA of 1.98. As someone on Twitter said, Colon is so old that he actually competed in a playoff game against the Mariners at Safeco.
With Colon throwing so well (2.82 ERA) and the Rangers going nowhere, they might consider acting sooner rather than later, assuming he did not fare well in 2017. He will not give anything back as a kind of lottery ticket, but you have to think that teams that need a rotation aid might be interested in Colon.
There's No Weeping in Baseball: What's with all the lamenting lately? Joey Gallo stayed with the Rangers and made one of the strangest comments of the season when he said he did not want to play on third base. "I do not want it, I do not like it," he said before the game on Wednesday. "I hate it, no joke, I hate third party base … I played different positions, I realized how bad third base can be on my body."
OK, that sounds bad. I'm not sure why third base would be harder for his body than the left field or first base. And he said he would not have a problem playing there when asked (he's playing left last time and did not play third place this season). I guess he's honest, but, man, maybe you want to get your average higher than .200 before you start dictating where you should play.
Meanwhile, Miguel Cabrera complained that he had played "injured". Cabrera is having an Achilles tendon problem and could be dismissed from the disabled list on Monday, but he had continued pain in his back and hip. He does not want to go through what he did last year when he played through some injuries and hit .249.
"No one appreciates you when you play injured," he said, "so I'll take my time and play when I'm good, I played many years here in Detroit injured, you do not appreciate that."  I would suggest that there are about 30 million reasons how the tigers show their appreciation, and I understand that Cabrera disliked the numbers he posted last season, but I think the question is, what's good Health? Should the face of the franchise be expected to suck and play, even if it is not 100 percent? Cabrera is also 35; It is possible that at his age he will never really be 100 percent. Incidentally, this is only the third year of Cabrera's eight-year contract, which runs until 2023 – when he makes $ 32 million at the age of $ 40.
Finally … The Marlins beat the Dodgers again, 6-5. The Marlins are 16-26. The Dodgers are 16-26. You can not predict baseball, my friends.