“Everything is coming out really good,” Martin said. “I feel good with where my fastball is. My command is going to get cleaned up here as I get some innings under my belt. I think everything is pointing in the right direction.”
Martin, 34, has been immensely valuable since the Braves acquired him at the 2019 trade deadline. He owns a 2.65 ERA with a 43:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 41 games. Martin is in the final season of a two-year, $14 million deal.
More help is on the way: Right-hander Shane Greene, whom the Braves signed over the weekend, will soon begin his own buildup in Triple-A. So while the team’s bullpen has had its issues, there are reinforcements coming.
“I saw he had a locker down in Gwinnett, and I was hoping I’d see him, but I haven’t seen him yet,” Martin said. “That’s awesome (that he re-signed). He’s a great fit here. Great person, great teammate, great pitcher. He checks all the boxes. I’m excited.”
The Braves entered play Wednesday at 17-18 following Tuesday’s loss to Toronto. The Braves are trying to reach the .500 mark for the fourth time this season. They’ve yet to hold a winning record.