In today’s links, J.D. Martinez is a professional hitter and we look at the ups and downs of recent pitching performances.

With J.D. Martinez posting a slash line of .306/.388/.543 with an OPS+ of 143 before Wednesday’s action, we are getting even more evidence than we need that he sure can hit. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

The final result wasn’t what the Red Sox wanted, but the six shutout innings they got from David Price on Tuesday are exactly what they are looking for from him. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

Speaking of Tuesday’s collapse, Matt Barnes can’t be the only guy who can get outs in the bullpen. (Chris Cotillo; MassLive)