Major League Baseball

2014 Avg.
.279
 
Career Avg.
.257
Name  Russell Martin
Born  2/15/1983
Height  5-10
Weight  230
Number  55
Position  C
Bats  R
Throws  R
7/10/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is 4-for-11 with a pair of home runs and a 1.462 OPS versus Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller.
Insight: Martin is batting .323 over the past two weeks and Miller has yielded 16 earned runs in his last four starts (19 2/3 IP) so may be primed for a big game.
 
7/5/2014 1:07:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Normal day game after a night game off for Martin. Chris Stewart will be behind the plate, but has little fantasy value.
 
6/19/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Normal day game after a night game off for Martin. Chris Stewart will be behind the plate, but has little fantasy value (.266, 0 HR, 3 RBI, .624 OPS).
 
6/9/2014 2:56:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Martin caught the entire series over the weekend, going 4-for-8 with four RBI, but its an unfavorable matchup on Monday against Edwin Jackson (3-for-19) so he'll take a seat. Chris Stewart will make the start, but has little to offer fantasy owners.
 
6/8/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin was thrown out for arguing balls and strikes Sunday against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Rob Biertempfel, Pittsbugh Tribune
Insight: He was tossed after striking out to end the eighth. Chris Stewart (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI) came in to catch the final inning. Martin has already been suspended once this year but we doubt Sunday's incident will lead to further punishment.
 
6/6/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin had quite a game Friday versus Milwaukee.
Insight: Martin finished the night with three hits, one walk and four RBI. He raised his batting average 24 points in the process. Martin (.263, 3 HR, 17 RBI) has been in and out of the lineup recently but when he does get the nod at catcher, fantasy owners should pay attention.
 
6/4/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin will take a breather Wednesday against San Diego. SOURCE: Pirates on Twitter
Insight: Martin (.242, 3 HR, 13 RBI) has been resting about once every three or four days. Chris Stewart (.264, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will take over behind the plate.
 
5/31/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin is getting the night off Saturday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Martin (.259, 3 HR, 13 RBI) hasn't played more than two games in a row since returning from a hamstring injury earlier this month. Another former Yankee, Chris Stewart, will get the start at catcher.
 
5/25/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin will take a seat Sunday against Washington. SOURCE: Pirates on Twitter
Insight: Martin played Friday and Saturday so he'll get a rest on Sunday. Chris Stewart (.262, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will do the catching.
 
5/23/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin, activated from the 15-day DL on Thursday, will start Friday night's game against Washington.
Insight: Martin (.242, 2 HR, 11 RBI) injured his hamstring in April but is finally back to 100 percent. Last night he served a one-game suspension for his involvement in last month's bench-clearing brawl with Milwaukee.
 
5/22/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin has been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: Martin (.242, 2 HR, 11 RBI) injured his hamstring in April but is finally back to 100 percent. Tonight he's serving a one-game suspension for his involvment in last month's bench-clearing brawl with Milwaukee. He'll be back in the starting lineup Friday against Washington.
 
4/24/2014 12:03:00 PM
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.
 
Hot4/14/2014 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.
 

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