Amid the Boston Red Sox's inconsistent start to the 2019 season, there's been one constant: J.D. Martinez getting on base.
The Red Sox designated hitter leads the club in batting average (.350), on-base percentage (.441) and OPS (1.003) through 22 games played. But here's Martinez's most impressive stat: He's reached base via a hit or walk in every game this season.
That puts the veteran slugger in some elite company.
Most recent #RedSox to reach base safely in each of the team’s first 22 games of the season:— Jim Passon 🇵🇷 (@PassonJim) April 22, 2019
JD Martinez (2019)
Manny Ramírez (2001)
Wade Boggs (1983)
George Scott (1966)
Eddie Bressoud (1964)
Ted Williams (1949)
Ted Williams (1948)
Ted Williams (1946)
Martinez's streak is one we haven't seen since 2001, when Manny Ramirez reached base in Boston's first 24 games. What makes Martinez's run even more impressive: He's recorded a hit in 21 of those 22 games, joining another shortlist in Red Sox franchise history.
J.D. Martinez is only the 3rd Red Sox player ever to record a hit in at least 20 of the team’s first 21 games (also Eddie Bressoud-1964 & Carl Reynolds-1934). - via @EliasSports— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) April 20, 2019
Martinez began the season with a 10-game hit streak and owns the AL’s longest active hit streak (10).
Martinez currently is riding an American League-best 11-game hitting streak and actually passed Carl Reynolds on that list above after going 1-for-5 on Sunday.
The 31-year-old is coming off the best hitting season of his career in 2018 and has been a constant source of productivity since coming to Boston before the 2018 season. It appears he shows no signs of slowing down.
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