Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Martin, who is appealing a one-game suspension for his role in a bench-clearing brawl this past weekend, was seen walking gingerly after a slide at home plate Wednesday night. Don't be surprised if he drops his appeal and uses the off day to his best advantage.
4/23/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin is hitless in seven trips to the plate against Reds starter Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Martin, who is appealing a one-game suspension for his role in a bench-clearing brawl this past weekend, has just one hit in 15 at bats against Cincinnati this season (.067). Tonight should be more of the same.
4/22/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin has appealed his one-game suspension, according to Tom Singer of mlb.com.
Insight: Major League Baseball suspended Carlos Gomez, Martin Maldonado, Travis Snider and Martin for their roles in Sunday's bench-clearing altercation between Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. Maldonado is the only player who didn't appeal.
4/22/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is just 1-for-11 (.091) versus Reds starter Johnny Cueto.
Insight: This might be a good day to give Martin a rest. Backup Chris Stewart is 2-for-3 against Cueto. Martin is hitting .263 with two homers and 11 RBI in 57 at-bats.
4/21/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is 9-for-22 (.409) versus Mike Leake with a homer and a 1.000 OPS.
Insight: Martin is hitting .283 with two homers and 11 RBI in 53 at-bats. He put up a six-homer April last season ... and hit just nine the rest of the way.
4/20/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Chris Stewart is starting behind the plate for the Pirates on Sunday, giving Russell Martin a day off.
Insight: Russell Martin will rest for the day game following a night game. He's hitting .283 with two homers and 11 RBI in 53 at-bats.
4/15/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is a lifetime .474 hitter with a home run against Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: After a hot series against the Cubs (4-for-7, 2 HR), Martin is just 2-for-11 over his last three games. This matchup could get him going again.
4/14/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is a lifetime .357 hitter with a pair of homers against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Martin posted a six home run April in 2013 and is off to a .281 start this season with a four-game hitting streak, 25 points above his career numbers. Bad weather is in the forecast, however, so be prepared to make changes if you plan on starting him.
4/13/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin will not be in the starting nine Sunday against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Pirates on Twitter
Insight: Martin's four-game hitting streak will have to be put on hold for 24 hours. Tony Sanchez (.333, 0 HR, 4 RBI) is making his fourth start of the season behind home plate.
4/10/2014 12:55:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin, he of the two home run night on Wednesday, is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Normal day game after a night game off for a catcher. Martin had done nothing until last night and is batting .292 with two homers and six RBI.
4/6/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin will get Sunday off to rest after catching a night game Saturday. Tony Sanchez will catch Edinson Volquez. SOURCE: Bill Brink, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Martin will miss facing Adam Wainwright; he has gone 9-for-22 (.409) with two doubles and four walks against the Cardinals right-hander.
4/6/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin is just 3-for-17 (.176) this season but he has great numers against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Martin has gone 9-for-22 (.409) with two doubles and four walks against Wainwright.
4/3/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin will get Thursday afternoon off after last night's 16-inning marathon.
Insight: Martin went 0-for-6 and is just 1-for-10 to open the season. Last year he hit six homers in 24 April games and showed some early fantasy value.
3/14/2014 4:43:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin is on fire this spring, batting .444 with four homers in 18 at-bats.
Insight: Martin exploded out of the gate last season with six April homers, but it was downhill from there. He's swing a hot bat and that might be worth something for the first few weeks this year as well.
10/9/2013 9:32:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin is a career .409 hitter (9-for-22) against Cardinals NLDS Game 5 starter Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Martin didn't do much in the regular season, but his two-homer game sunk the Reds in the wild card game and he's batting .357 with six RBI this postseason.
10/6/2013 11:08:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin has only faced Cardinals starter Joe Kelly four times, but has rapped out three hits, including a home run.
Insight: Martin is hitting .400 in three playoff games this season with a pair of home runs. Given this favorable matchup we think he's a must start Sunday.
10/3/2013 10:33:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin was the hero Tuesday night against Cincinnati (3-for-4, two homers). With Adam Wainwright throwing for the Cardinals in Game 1 of the Division Series, Martin has a chance to have another successful outing on Thursday.
Insight: Martin is hitting over .400 in his career against Wainwright. Prior to Tuesday night's offensive explosion, Martin had been just a .200 hitter in 115 postseason at bats. We'll see if either of these trends continue Thursday at Busch Stadium.
10/1/2013 11:10:00 AM
Description: Pirates veteran catcher Russell Martin will likely be behind the plate for this one-game playoff, but he's just 1-for-12 against Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Martin has provided the team with leadership, but a .226 average isn't going to help many fantasy owners. He did hit 15 homers and knock in 55 runs, but most of his production came earlier in the season. Martin batted just .207 with a .651 OPS after the break.
9/22/2013 8:03:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin left Sunday's game due to left knee soreness.
Insight: Martin dealt with soreness in that knee earlier this season. He has provided the team with a .230 average, 15 homers and 55 RBI but most of his value comes from his work behind the plate, something fantasy owners cannot benefit from.
8/31/2013 10:13:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin went 1-for-3 with a homer, three RBI, a walk and two runs Saturday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Martin has homered in two straight games and 13 times this season. He's hitting .243 with 51 RBI and a .748 OPS this year.
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