Ausmus defends sitting JD Martinez opposite Indians

June 24, 2015 - photo frame

Cleveland — Manager Brad Ausmus knew he’d have to answer questions about holding J.D. Martinez out of a starting lineup Tuesday.

It’s not each night a manager sits one of his hottest hitters. Martinez, who strike 3 home runs Sunday in Yankee Stadium, has strike safely in 13 of his final 15 games, attack .317 over that widen with 3 doubles, 7 homers and 19 RBIs.

But, he went 0-for-4 with dual strikeouts Monday, and on this highway outing he’s 6 for 21.

“If he had come out yesterday after attack 3 home runs and had another good day, we substantially would have played him,” Ausmus said.

But there was one other, rather large, reason since he didn’t — Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar. Martinez is 1 for 9 opposite him with 7 strikeouts. The final time Martinez was pulled from a starting lineup, 9 games ago, was since Salazar was pitching.

“If a man is 0 for 9 though hasn’t struck out and he’s put a round in play, afterwards there has to be a small fitness factor,” Ausmus said. “But strikeouts tell we a small some-more about how a hitter is picking adult a pitches and noticing off-speed and strikes.”

Also, a good approach to keep a hitter prohibited is to spasmodic strengthen him opposite pitchers he’s struggled against.

“If a man struggles opposite a pitcher, we don’t wish to emanate a unemployment where a unemployment wouldn’t be created,” Ausmus said. “J.D. is going to play a immeasurable infancy of a games.”

Rajai Davis got a start in right.

Castellanos back

After sitting for 3 true games, third baseman Nick Castellanos was behind in a starting lineup. But Ausmus didn’t make it sound like it was a permanent pierce back.

“I slid (Andrew) Romine to shortstop,” Ausmus said. “So somebody had to play third.”

Ausmus gave shortstop Jose Iglesias the night off.

“Iglesias looked like he could use a day off,” Ausmus said.

Still, Ausmus has been speedy by how Castellanos has rubbed a benching, however proxy it turns out to be.

“His attitude’s been great,” he said. “He’s looked good in BP (batting practice), though BP is BP — it’s not a game.”

Castellanos has been scuffling during a image all season, though generally lately. In his final 20 games he’s attack .143, 9 for 68 with one additional bottom strike and 17 strikeouts.

“I consider Nick is substantially removing himself out some-more than anything else,” Ausmus said. “He’s chasing pitches he can’t strike and holding pitches he can hit. But we consider he’s in a good support of mind and, utterly frankly, we consider he will have a good day.”

Jonesy said

Pitching manager Jeff Jones has been gripping tabs on Shane Greene and Bruce Rondon, both pitching in Toledo.

Greene left his final start in a fifth inning since of a blister.

“They pronounced he was throwing OK,” Jones said. “He had a small bit of a severe initial inning though he threw a lot of changeups, that is what we wish him to do to get a feel for it. They pronounced he was adult in a section in a initial inning though most improved after that.”

As for Rondon, Jones pronounced he only needs to amass innings.

“The thing about him, he needs to pitch,” Jones said. “He needs to get innings underneath his belt. His final dual outings have been unequivocally good.”

Jones also believes being during Triple A is motivating Rondon.

“He’s immature and he’s never been by it before,” he said. “Maybe in his mind he was only perplexing to get healthy (during his hilly rehab outings). He could have a opposite mindset now. Now we have to get to a large leagues.”

Around a horn

Ausmus was asked, if he were a hostile manager, how mostly he would travel Miguel Cabrera.

“I substantially wouldn’t travel him too much, there’s a lot of rumble behind him in a lineup,” he said. “The some-more we put guys on base, a some-more expected they are to score. Are there times to representation around him or travel him? Absolutely. But people get held adult in, ‘Well, only travel him each singular time.’ That is not a regulation for gripping a group from scoring.”

… According to Elias Sports Bureau, Cabrera, in 10 games opposite a Indians this season, has 24 hits, 5 homers and 16 RBIs. The final actor to do that kind of repairs opposite an competition over a 10-game camber was Willie Mays, in 1958.

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