The early returns were not very encouraging. Martinez expanded the strike zone too often the first two months of the season, mainly because he was overanxious.
Martinez hit .221 in April and just slightly better in May at .235. Yet, as June rolled around, Martinez got back to being his old self. He walked 13 times in June and showed more plate discipline and patience. By the time July arrived, Victor was back to being the upper echelon, middle of the order talent the Tigers saw in 2011.
Martinez put together a strong July, hitting .390 for the month, driving in 20 runs and posting an on base percentage of .429. His numbers may earn him Player of the Month in the American League, but he will have some competition. Here are some other strong July numbers:
AVG HR RBI OBP SLG
Kyle Seager .396 6 14 .464 .635
Mike Trout .379 4 14 .476 .623
Torii Hunter .374 7 22 .377 .697
If Martinez is able to turn in a strong final two months of the season, the Tigers offense will reach its potential and a lengthy post season run is in the cards.