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Vitters on historic hot tear

Updated: May 20, 2009, 12:36 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Hey, I made a promise ...

Josh Vitters, 3B, Cubs (Low-A Peoria)
Tuesday's stats: 3-for-5, HR (7), 2 R, 2 RBI, SB
On Tuesday, I said that if Vitters keeps doing it, I'll keep talking about it, so I'm holding up my end of the bargain. Last night, the 2007 first-round pick recorded his fourth consecutive game of at least three hits and a home run, something that hasn't happened in the majors as far back as the Baseball Prospectus game log data is complete, which is the early 1950s. In case you missed it, the game before that also was a three-hit effort, only with no bomb. So he now is 15-for-22 with three doubles and four home runs in his past five contests, raising his OPS more than 200 points with a batting line (average/on-base/slugging) of .371/.408/.598.

When are two home runs kind of like more than two home runs?

Fernando Martinez, OF, Mets (Triple-A Buffalo)
Tuesday's stats: 2-for-4, 2 HR (7), 2 R, 2 RBI
When they both come off Minor League Update regular Clay Buchholz, one of the best pitchers in the minor leagues. Martinez, 20, did just that Tuesday night, giving him three home runs in his past two games. With seven in just 37 contests, he's only three away from tying his career season high while batting .343/.395/.700 in 19 May games.

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