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Carlos Martinez | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Carlos Martinez (back) wasn't sharp in his return to the rotation during Friday's loss to the Pirates, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings.
The Cards skipped Martinez last time through the rotation, as the young right-hander was dealing with a back issue. He wasn't particularly on-point in his return, walking three and allowing a pair of runs in the first inning and another two in the fourth. He carries a 3.04 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Should he make his next start, it would come on the road against the Reds. Sep 5 - 12:13 AM

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Carlos Martinez (back) will return to the Cardinals' rotation Friday night against the Pirates.

Martinez was skipped on his last turn through the rotation due to a minor back injury (and concerns about his overall workload). The 23-year-old right-hander should do well on extra rest versus the second-place Bucs. Michael Wacha is also being skipped in the Cardinals' rotation this week as a way to limit his innings total.
Sep 2 - 4:58 PM

Carlos Martinez will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday due to a back injury.

It looks like a move made to give Martinez some rest as much (or more) than it is about a back injury. He's currently on pace to throw 192 2/3 innings, which would eclipse last season's career-high workload by about 80 frames. Martinez should be ready to go early next week. Marco Gonzales will start in Martinez's place Tuesday.
Aug 31 - 5:54 PM

Carlos Martinez posted a quality start in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks, yielding three runs on four hits over six innings.

While Martinez wasn't getting rocked--all three runs scored in the second inning, on a pair of RBI singles--he had already thrown 103 pitches by the close of the sixth. These kinds of fine-but-unspectacular outings have slowly become the norm for the 23-year-old right-hander, who has now allowed at least three runs in each of his last six starts. He owns a 2.91 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, numbers he'll take into a home start against the Nationals in his next scheduled outing.
Aug 28 - 1:07 AM

Carlos Martinez allowed three earned runs over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Padres.

And the wheels really came off after he left the game, with the Padres pouring in eight total runs on 12 total hits. Martinez gave up seven of those hits and walked one. He struck out six. Up next for the 23-year-old right-hander is another road start in Arizona.
Aug 23 - 12:08 AM

Carlos Martinez allowed five runs -- one earned -- over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Marlins.

It was an ugly day of defense in St. Louis, but Martinez didn't pitch very well either. The young right-hander gave up seven hits, including a bases-clearing, three-run triple to Derek Dietrich in the top of the fifth inning. Martinez did strike out five and walked none. He will look to bounce back next time out in a road start against the Padres.
Aug 16 - 5:27 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed three runs over eight innings, striking out eight, in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

Martinez got off to a shaky start, allowing runs in the first, third and fourth innings, but he straightened it out to hold the Pirates scoreless over his final four innings of work. In all, Martinez yielded nine hits without walking a batter. He improved to 12-4 with a 2.62 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 139/51 K/BB ratio through 137 1/3 innings on the year. Martinez will take the mound Sunday against the Marlins.
Aug 11 - 11:33 PM

Carlos Martinez left with a no-decision, giving up three runs (one earned) in five innings as the Cardinals pulled out a 13-inning win over the Reds on Wednesday.

Martinez allowed 10 base runners on six hits, three walks, and a hit batsman, so he was fortunate to only allow the three runs. He also struck out four in the effort. It's his second mediocre start in a row in what has otherwise been a terrific year, as he owns a 2.57 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP and a 131/51 K/BB ratio over 129 1/3 innings. Martinez will look to correct course at home against the Pirates next week.
Aug 5 - 11:34 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings Thursday against the Rockies.

A surprising off day for Martinez, particularly given that this one was at home in St. Louis. It's the first time since way back on May 9 that he's allowed more than three runs and the first time in 27 career starts that he's allowed 10 hits. Hopefully it was just a blip.
Jul 31 - 12:26 AM

Carlos Martinez hurled eight shutout innings Saturday in the Cardinals' 1-0 blanking of the Braves.

Martinez allowed some leadoff hits, but four doubleplay groundballs helped him avoid any major threats. He probably could have gone for the shutout, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny lifted him in the bottom of the eighth inning for pinch-hitter Stephen Piscotty, who drove in the game's only run. Martinez, 23, has a brilliant 2.34 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings this season. He'll get the Rockies at home next.
Jul 25 - 9:36 PM

Carlos Martinez threw four innings of relief Sunday in the Cardinals' series finale against the Mets.

Martinez wound up taking the loss when he allowed two runs on a Ruben Tejada sacrifice fly and an Eric Campbell squeeze in the bottom of the 18th. The young right-hander was supposed to start Tuesday night against the White Sox. He'll now probably be pushed to the weekend.
Jul 19 - 8:15 PM

Carlos Martinez shut out the Pirates for 7 1/3 innings Thursday to move to 10-3 this season.

Martinez allowed four hits, walked two and struck out eight in his latest gem. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start since giving up seven in back-to-back outings against the Cubs and Pirates on May 4 and 9. In fact, he's allowed a total of nine earned runs in 10 starts since that hiccup.
Jul 9 - 10:44 PM

Carlos Martinez delivered another strong outing in a no-decision against the Padres on Saturday, surrendering just one run on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Martinez walked a pair and struck out five on the afternoon. The only damage against him came on a solo home run off the bat of Yangervis Solarte in the fourth inning. The 23-year-old right-hander has been outstanding for the Cardinals, posting a 2.70 ERA, 3.18 xFIP and 105/41 K/BB ratio across 100 innings. He'll look to finish the first half strong when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Jul 4 - 5:00 PM

Carlos Martinez delivered an outstanding performance in Sunday's victory over the Cubs, surrendering just one run on two hits over six strong innings.

Martinez punched out six on the night and walked three. The only blemish on his evening was a sacrifice fly off the bat of Anthony Rizzo in the third inning. Now 9-3 on the season, the terrific young right-hander owns a 2.80 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 100/39 K/BB ratio over 93 1/3 innings. He'll look to continue his dominance when he does battle against the Padres on Saturday.
Jun 29 - 1:07 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Cardinals officials believe Carlos Martinez can exceed 170 innings.

But he probably won't go much longer than that. Martinez threw only 99 2/3 innings between the minors and majors in 2014, working primarily as a reliever. The 23-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.89 ERA and 94 strikeouts through 87 1/3 frames (14 starts) this season. He's currently on pace for 199 1/3 innings, so a shutdown period may be coming if the Cardinals want him available for October.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 25 - 9:06 AM

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