The monster home run was the latest bit of evidence that Martinez is as locked in as any hitter in baseball in recent weeks. The rest of the Diamondbacks’ lineup, however, hasn’t been nearly as productive, a deficiency that looks like a front-burner issue for the club in the three weeks remaining until a potential wild-card game.
It’s unrealistic to expect every Diamondbacks hitter to be swinging the bat well at the same time. But they’ll likely need at least a couple of their key players to show improvement if they hope to advance in October.
A.J. Pollock hit just .193 in his past 22 games entering Wednesday. David Peralta is hitting .244 in that same stretch but has seen his power vanish. Jake Lamb’s struggles go back even farther; he hit just .200 since the start of the second half. More recently, Paul Goldschmidt went just 2 for 17 since missing five games with an elbow issue.
“It showed the difference when we won those games (13 in a row) and everybody was hitting, compared to the previous five days or the month before when we had some holes and were a little more home run dependent,” assistant hitting coach Tim Laker said. “Absolutely, it’s a priority to get A.J. and Lamber back to where they were when they were really clicking.”