On Thursday against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field, the 30-year-old went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a solo home run. With the productive contest, Martinez tallied at least one RBI in each of his previous seven games dating back to September 8th. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his impressive streak was the longest active streak in the Majors, as well as the third-longest streak in Club history. Luis Gonzalez (June 2002) and J.D.'s All-Star teammate Paul Goldschmidt (June 2013) posted eight-game streaks to share the team record. Over a 12-game span from September 1st-14th, Martinez hit .451 (23-for-51) with 18 runs scored, 10 homers and 20 RBI. The right-handed-hitting slugger became the fifth player in MLB history to post that many runs, homers and RBI across a 12-game stretch, joining Hall of Famers Hank Greenberg (1940), Willie Mays (1958) and Frank Robinson (1962), as well as Bryce Harper (2015). In Arizona's final game of the period on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, Martinez notched his fourth multi-hit game of the week, including his 40th round-tripper on the season. Per Elias, the 2015 AL All-Star became the fifth player in Baseball history to post a 40-homer season while playing for multiple teams, joining Greg Vaughn in 1996 (Milwaukee Brewers/San Diego Padres), Mark McGwire in 1997 (Oakland Athletics/St. Louis Cardinals), David Justice in 2000 (Cleveland Indians/New York Yankees) and Adam Dunn in 2008 (Cincinnati Reds and Arizona). Entering play today, J.D. has recorded 40 home runs, 90 RBI and 50 walks on the season, totals reached only by fellow sluggers Giancarlo Stanton (54 HR, 113 RBI, 77 BB) of the Miami Marlins and Aaron Judge (43, 96, 115) of the New York Yankees.
Other noteworthy performances last week included J.D.'s teammates, 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.20 ERA, 15.0 IP, 14 SO) and 2015 NL All-Star A.J. Pollock (.391, 6 XBH, 10 RBI, 17 TB); outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. (3 R, 8 H, 5 XBH, 10 RBI) and 2016 NL MVP Award winner Kris Bryant (.385, 9 R, 5 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Chicago Cubs; starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 10.0 IP, 7 SO) of the Colorado Rockies; and two-time All-Star Asdrúbal Cabrera (.556, 10 H, 3 2B, 4 RBI) of the New York Mets.
In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, J.D. Martinez will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.