Boston Red Sox

The yearlong mash party for Red Sox designated hitter and legitimate MVP candidate J.D. Martinez did not stop in August, which was more than enough for the 31-year-old Martinez to earn American League Player of the Month honors.

In a month that saw the Red Sox ‘slump’ more than any other month in what’s been a downright dominating season in terms of a pure win-loss record, Martinez hit .373 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 26 August appearances. Those 25 RBIs in August tied Martinez for his most in any single month with the Red Sox (he tallied in May), that .373 batting average was a single-month best, though, and the same can be said for his .453 on-base percentage and 1.139 OPS at the dish.

“I honestly just feel like everything’s kinda just, this season all the games, just feels like a little blur. Nothing really stands out,” Martinez said in an interview with the MLB Network (video above) Tuesday. “It’s just one those blur months, I guess.”

It’s enough for Martinez to find himself in the thick of a legitimate pursuit of an American League Triple Crown race.

Martinez enters Tuesday’s game against the Braves leading the American League in RBIs (115), trailing Oakland’s Khris Davis by just one home run for the most in the A.L. (40), and sitting just .002 behind Mookie Betts for the A.L.’s top batting average.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera was the last Major League Basbell player to win the Triple Crown, doing so in 2012, while Carl Yastrzemski was the last Red Sox player to accomplish such a feat, leading the A.L. in the big three statistical marks back in 1967. Ted Williams is the only Red Sox slugger besides Yastrzemski to win the Triple Crown, doing it in both 1942 and 1947.