Pittsburgh Pirates
2014 Avg.
.292
 
Career Avg.
.258
Name  Russell Martin
Born  2/15/1983
Height  5-10
Weight  230
Number  55
Position  C
Bats  R
Throws  R
Hot8/29/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is a career .258 hitter, but a .370 hitter against Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Batting in the heart of the Pirates lineup, mostly fifth, has been good for Martin, who is hitting .347 over the past four weeks and .295 for the season. Start him.
 
8/19/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is a career .462 hitter against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Martin has hits in 13 of his last 15 games. He is batting .282 with 18 extra-base hits, 48 RBI and a .798 OPS this season.
 
Hot8/14/2014 12:55:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is not in Thurday's starting lineup. Chris Stewart will get the start.
Insight: Martin, on an 11-game hitting streak, is having a solid season, batting .288 with 47 RBI and a .813 OPS. The OPS is his highest since 2007.
 
8/5/2014 4:47:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is not in Tuesday's starting lineup. Chris Stewart will get the start.
Insight: Martin is having a solid season, batting .281 with 41 RBI and a .792 OPS. The OPS is his highest since 2007.
 
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.