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Is Russell Martin vs. Jesus Montero a push?

Russell Martin celebrates his fourth inning grand slam

Russell Martin celebrates his fourth inning grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays. (June 5, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Russell Martin has had an awful first half to his season. He's hitting .179 and is losing some playing time to Chris Stewart. Yes. Chris Stewart.

But before you curse Brian Cashman for trading hot catching prospect Jesus Montero away, consider that Montero hasn't been all that productive himself this season. True, if he were playing his home games in Yankee Stadium instead of Safeco Field, Montero may have a few more home runs. But he hasn't demonstrated a real ability to catch this season, starting less than half of his games as a backstop. Meanwhile, for as bad as Martin's been, he can at least get behind the plate every day--even if it's fairly ugly when he's at the plate.

Check out how the two players match up:

  Russell Martin Jesus Montero
Games 68 73
Games started at catcher 60 32
OPS .648 .657
At-bats 207 274
Home runs 8 8
RBIs 21 28
Runs 21 24
Caught stealing percentage 23.07% 19.35%

Tags: Russell Martin , Jesus Montero , Yankees , Seattle Mariners

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