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ESPN: Goldschmidt and Martinez the best hitters by lineup slot

Aug 28, 2017, 6:00 AM | Updated: 11:25 am
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Although Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez have bounced around to different spots in the lineup, they are often found right in the meat of the order.

Lately, Goldschmidt typically occupies the clean-up spot, with Martinez following at No. 5.

Of course, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo will alter the lineup for pitching matchup purposes, but according to ESPN, Goldschmidt and Martinez belong in the fourth and fifth spot, respectively.

In fact, ESPN said they are the best in those spots in the whole National League.

Goldschmidt is another player to have moved lineup spots this season. Through the first three and a half months of the season and most of his career before then, Goldschmidt was the Diamondbacks’ No. 3 hitter. However, since July 19, he’s batted from the cleanup spot in every game he’s played, so it appears it might be a lasting change. Like Cruz, Goldschmidt has consistently been one of the greatest hitters year after year, and 2017 is no different. He’s putting up a .316/.426/.590 slash line to go with 30 home runs this year, numbers that might finally be enough to help the Diamondbacks get back to the playoffs.

Martinez was one of the biggest names to move at the deadline, and he has continued to mash the ball since being traded. His overall numbers are great, but he really shines against lefties, slashing .407/.507/.949 on the season. With Goldschmidt and Martinez batting fourth and fifth, the Diamondbacks have one of the scariest lineups in the majors, especially when you consider that they have David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb hitting in front of those two guys.

ESPN’s research proved true on Sunday afternoon when the D-backs offense had a monster showing in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants.

Goldschmidt and Martinez were part of a back-to-back-to-back home run string, en route to their 11-0 win for the sweep.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Francisco Giants' Chris Stratton pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Francisco Giants' Chris Stratton warms up during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence runs down a line drive hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin warms up a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Chris Herrmann, left, goes after a pitch he could not control as San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence bats during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Reymond Fuentes (14) reaches first base safely after striking out on a wild pitch as San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey, left, applies a late tag during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Francisco Giants' Joe Panik makes an off balance throw to first base to get Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta out during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta, right, argues with umpire Ron Kulpa, left, after being thrown  out of a baseball game during the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez gestures after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez connects for a home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Francisco Giants' Chris Stratton (34) walks back to the mound after giving up a home run to Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez, left, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Barrett, right, and catcher Chris Herrmann, left, celebrate after the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence hits the fence as a home run by Arizona Diamondbacks' Daniel Descalso clears it during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez connects for a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain pauses on the mound after giving up a home run to Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez points to the crowd after crossing home plate after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt connects for a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt (44) celebrates his three-run home run with Jake Lamb (22) and Gregor Blanco, second from right, as San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley, left, stands at home plate during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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