Bats: Russell Martin Makes Improvements Behind the Plate
Russell Martin’s string of solid work behind the plate with the starting pitchers continued Friday night with Hiroki Kuroda’s one-hit effort.
Going into Saturday’s game, the Yankees’ starting pitchers had gone 4-0 with a 0.94 earned run average in the five games since Manager Joe Girardi had a talk with Martin.
Last week in Detroit, Girardi called Martin into his office at Comerica Park and said he thought Martin could do better calling pitches. Martin agreed and vowed to improve.
Since then, the starters had allowed only four earned runs in 38 1/3 innings that Martin caught going into Saturday’s game with Phil Hughes pitching. That streak included two combined shutouts and the first complete game of the season for the Yankees (Hughes’s previous outing).
Over the previous four games culminating with Kuroda’s gem Friday, the starters were 3-0 with a 0.57 E.R.A. when Martin was catching.