CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 30:  J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 30, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

3 Reasons Why J.D. Martinez Will Not Win the Triple Crown

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J.D. Martinez is having a special season. He came into this year as one of the players to watch most as a huge free agency addition for Boston and has exceeded all expectations. He's currently having a year that may put him in exclusive company as he's a candidate to win the triple crown for the first time since 2012. Martinez is certainly in swinging distance, but it looks like he'll fall short. Here are three reasons why Martinez will not win the Triple Crown. 

3. He Can't Find the Long Ball

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Martinez has done an exceptional job sending the ball on a one-way trip over the fence this year, but he's cooled off as of late. He's currently just two home runs behind AL Leader Khris Davis but has failed to keep pace lately as he's hit just one bomb in his last 17 games. It's the wrong time to get cold as him and Davis are going in opposite directions. 

2. He Doesn't Have a Favorable Schedule

Martinez has the luxury of playing in the top-heavy AL East, but he only has six more games against the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles. Aside from those matchups, he goes against some solid staffs in the Cleveland Indians and the New York Mets, who have a ton of pitching power despite their awful record. Lastly, he has six more games against the Yankees. He's hit .302 and has hit three homers against them this season, but that's not the kind of play that will project him into the front of many categories. 

1. Mookie Betts Will Stop Him From Having the Best Batting Average

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Failing to win the Triple Crown is a shame, but it will have a funny twist to it as teammate Mookie Betts will be the reason he won't top the three categories this season. He's bound to continue his stronghold on the RBI lead and could possibly pass Khris Davis with home runs, but Betts has a large lead on Martinez when it comes to average. Right now, Betts is batting nine points higher than his fellow outfielder. He's not the kind of guy who's going to slow down, and will eventually be the reason Martinez falls short. 

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