J.D. Martinez continues to lead the charge for the MLB-best Red Sox, and the resurgent Justin Turner is doing the same for the Dodgers as they fight for another National League West title -- so it's no surprise that those two are Major League Baseball's Players of the Month for
J.D. Martinez continues to lead the charge for the MLB-best Red Sox, and the resurgent Justin Turner is doing the same for the Dodgers as they fight for another National League West title -- so it's no surprise that those two are Major League Baseball's Players of the Month for August.
Martinez was named American League Player of the Month on Tuesday, with Turner taking home the honors in the NL. It's the first career Player of the Month Award for Turner and the second for Martinez, who also won the award in the NL with the D-backs last September.
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After his red-hot August, Martinez enters the final month of the regular season with a chance at the AL Triple Crown -- his .336 batting average ranks second, just behind teammate Mookie Betts' .338, his 39 homers are one off Khris Davis' league-leading 40, and the Red Sox slugger leads the AL with 115 RBIs.
In August, Martinez hit .373/.453/.686 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs over 26 games. His 199 wRC+ (a metric for overall offensive performance, where each point above 100 equals one percent above league average) was the best among qualifying AL hitters.
Turner, meanwhile, has only gotten stronger the further removed he gets from the left wrist fracture he suffered earlier in the season and the right groin strain he dealt with in July. Turner has been on fire for the past month as he's regained the form that made him one of the game's top hitting third basemen in recent seasons.
Turner batted a Major League-leading .402 in August with a .491 on-base percentage and a .722 slugging percentage, hitting six homers and driving in 20 runs in his 25 games. His 229 wRC+ was the best in the Majors.
Martinez is Boston's first Player of the Month winner since Betts in July 2016. The Dodgers' last winner before Turner was Adrian Gonzalez in April 2015.
David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.