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Carlos Martinez | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / STL
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Carlos Martinez will not start Sunday's game against the Brewers.
Martinez is already at a career-high 205 innings and the Cardinals were eliminated from playoff contention earlier this week, so it makes sense to shut their ace down. Jack Flaherty will take the ball instead. Martinez faded in the second half but still posted strong overall numbers, holding a 3.64 ERA and 217/71 K/BB ratio. Sep 30 - 7:57 PM

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Carlos Martinez lasted only 4 1/3 innings Tuesday versus the Cubs, yielding three runs – two earned – to take a no-decision in the Cardinals' 8-7 win.

Martinez struck out six on the night and his stuff looked as good as ever, but he walked four batters and needed a whopping 92 pitches to get through his 4 1/3 frames. The Cardinals right-hander has been a little shaky his last three times out, giving up 14 runs – 13 earned – to watch his ERA rise from 3.33 to 3.64. If the Cardinals still have something to play for, Martinez will start Sunday versus the Brewers. If they don’t, he’ll probably be shut down.
Sep 27 - 12:19 AM

Carlos Martinez allowed four runs, including two home runs, over 6 1/3 innings Thursday in a win over the Reds.

Martinez got some help from his offense in this one, and he needed it, giving up nine hits and a walk of his own. The home runs have been an issue, as he's now given up 27 in 31 starts to date. Even so, Martinez is now 12-11 with a 3.63 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 211/67 K/BB ratio over a National League-high 200 2/3 innings of work. A huge matchup with the division-leading Cubs is on deck for the 26-year-old on Tuesday.
Sep 22 - 12:48 AM

Carlos Martinez (illness) is expected to be fine for his scheduled Thursday start in Cincinnati.

Martinez was sent home to St. Louis on Sunday because he was experiencing flu-like symptoms and the Cardinals didn't want the bug to spread, but he'll rejoin the club at Great American Ball Park before Thursday night's series finale against the Reds. Martinez was shelled for seven earned runs over 5 1/3 innings in his last start Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
Sep 20 - 10:36 AM

Carlos Martinez was charged with seven runs over 5 1/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

Martinez looked dominant early on, retiring the first 10 batters he faced. Things suddenly got hairy for him after that, though. Kris Bryant homered with one out in the fourth, and a runner was thrown out at home to end the frame and keep the game tied. Martinez then came unglued in the sixth, allowing three hits and two walks and ultimately being charged with six runs that frame. It was a bad time to have arguably his worst start of the season, as the Cardinals are now four games back of the Cubs in the National League Central. Martinez will try for better results next week in Cincinnati.
Sep 15 - 6:10 PM

Carlos Martinez struck out eight while allowing two runs in six innings but didn't stick around long enough to earn the decision in a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Saturday.

He surrendered a pair of RBI singles in the second inning but was basically lights out from there. He gave up four hits, issued two walks and plunked two batters in the quality start. The 25-year-old hit the 200 strikeout mark today for the first time in his career. He is 11-10 with a 3.33 ERA after 29 starts.
Sep 9 - 11:47 PM

Carlos Martinez struck out 10 in a complete-game shutout of the Padres on Monday.

It's Martinez's second shutout of the year. He also went nine scoreless against the Giants on May 20, but the Cardinals lost that one in extra innings. The two shutouts are his only complete games in 96 major league starts. He improved to 11-10 with a 3.34 ERA this year. He's one good start away from reaching 200 strikeouts for the first time; he just needs eight more.
Sep 4 - 8:05 PM

Carlos Martinez yielded six runs -- three earned -- over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Brewers.

Martinez had a clean first inning, but it all fell apart for him with one out in the bottom of the second. He gave up back-to-back singles to Domingo Santana and Stephen Vogt before throwing a comebacker into center field, allowing Santana to score Milwaukee's first run. Hernan Perez and Eric Sogard then followed with RBI base knocks. Martinez walked none and struck out seven in the outing, but the Brewers tagged him for 10 hits -- including a pair of homers in the bottom of the sixth. He'll carry a 10-10 record, 3.52 ERA, and 1.21 WHIP into his next start at San Diego.
Aug 30 - 4:57 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Padres.

Martinez wasn't at his sharpest, but he made enough timely pitches to keep the Padres off the board until the seventh inning. Even then, it was his throwing error with the bases loaded that allowed the first run to score. He did well to get out of the inning with just two runs allowed, and he avoided the loss when the Cards came back to tie the game in the bottom of the frame, keeping his record at 10-9 with a 3.48 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 175/58 K/BB ratio in 168 1/3 innings this year. He's been especially strong in the season's second half, and the 25-year-old will look to keep it going Wednesday in a high-importance matchup with the Brewers.
Aug 24 - 11:19 PM

Carlos Martinez yielded three runs in seven innings to earn a win against the Pirates on Friday.

He wasn't on top of his game but got the job done in the quality start. He was taken deep by Josh Harrison and David Freese but both were solo shots that didn't sink his battleship. Martinez struck out four batters and walked one while surrendering six base hits. His record improves to 10-9 with a desirable 3.57 ERA and 1.19 WHIP after 25 starts. He's notched 169 strikeouts in 161 1/3 innings.
Aug 18 - 11:25 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed three runs over six innings, striking out seven, in Saturday's win over the Braves.

Martinez gave up seven hits and walked one en route to his ninth victory, pulling his record to an even 9-9 through 24 starts this year. He's been largely good of late, now having allowed three runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. The 25-year-old owns a 3.56 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 165/55 K/BB ratio heading into Friday's divisional matchup with the Pirates.
Aug 12 - 11:23 PM

Carlos Martinez held the Royals two runs over eight innings Monday for his eighth win of the season.

Martinez served up solo homers to Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer, but the 25-year-old right-hander was otherwise sharp in the walkless outing. He struck out seven Kansas City hitters while moving to 8-9 on the season with a strong 3.52 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 158/54 K/BB ratio in 148 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Braves at home next.
Aug 7 - 11:01 PM

Carlos Martinez was charged with three runs on four hits and five walks over five frames Tuesday in a loss to the Brewers.

It was the first inning that got Martinez again, as all three of the Brewers’ runs came in the frame. He now holds a 6.55 ERA in the first inning this season. Martinez has been in a rough patch lately, posting a 5.82 ERA since the beginning of July. He’s still a must-start for this weekend’s outing in Cincinnati.
Aug 1 - 11:22 PM

Carlos Martinez earned his seventh victory of the season on Wednesday despite allowing five runs on seven hits over his six frames.

On the plus side, Martinez did manage to rack up eight strikeouts on the night while walking two. Nolan Arenado did most of the heavy lifting against him with a two-run homer in the first and an RBI single in the fifth. Martinez now owns a 3.52 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 144/49 K/BB ratio across 135 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Brewers his next time out in Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Jul 26 - 11:52 PM

Carlos Martinez was charged with three runs over six frames Friday against the Cubs, taking a no-decision in what turned out to be an 11-4 Cardinals win.

It wasn't one of Martinez's best efforts, as the 10 hits he surrendered was easily a season high (he hadn't given up more than seven base knocks previously) and he struck out only three. The righty was still able to notch a second straight quality start, though. Martinez hasn't been very sharp so far in July with a 5.87 ERA and just 15 whiffs over 23 frames. He'll aim for his first win since mid-June next week at home versus the Rockies.
Jul 21 - 6:11 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
1B1Jose Martinez
2Luke Voit
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Breyvic Valera
SS1Paul DeJong
2Aledmys Diaz
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Tommy Pham
2Tyler O'Neill
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Harrison Bader
3Magneuris Sierra
4Oscar Mercado
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Michael Wacha
5Luke Weaver
6John Gant
7Alex Reyes
8Austin Gomber
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Juan Nicasio
2Tyler Lyons
3Seung Hwan Oh
4Matt Bowman
5Brett Cecil
6John Brebbia
7Zach Duke
8Sam Tuivailala
9Ryan Sherriff
10Jack Flaherty
11Sandy Alcantara
12Joshua Lucas
13Derian Gonzalez