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Carlos Martinez | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / STL
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Carlos Martinez yielded three runs in 7 1/3 innings and struck out nine Friday in a loss to the Rockies.
That's a fine Coors Field outing for Martinez, but there was no run support to be had tonight. It was the second time this season that the Cardinals have been shut out in a Martinez start. They've averaged 3.6 runs per game in his start, which is why he has a 3-4 record to go along with his 3.32 ERA. May 27 - 1:02 AM

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Carlos Martinez allowed just two hits and a walk over nine scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Saturday.

Martinez matched scoreless frames with Jeff Samardzija in a pitcher's duel which didn't see the first runs until the 13th inning. The St. Louis right-hander has recorded five consecutive quality starts and he hasn't lost since April 20. Martinez has recorded 62 strikeouts over 57 2/3 innings this season and he has yielded just 19 hits over his past 26 frames.
May 21 - 1:33 AM

Carlos Martinez surrendered three runs in 6 2/3 innings and was credited with the win in Saturday's 5-3 defeat of the Cubs.

Martinez allowed an RBI single to opposing starter Jon Lester in the first inning, then locked things down until rookie Ian Happ slugged a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Martinez also starred at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. He is now 3-3 with a 3.88 ERA. He has 57 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings over eight starts.
May 13 - 8:05 PM

Carlos Martinez held the Marlins to three runs over six innings Monday for his second win of the season.

Martinez also provided major contributions at the dish, clearing the bases with a three-run double in the second inning before adding an RBI single in the fourth. He struck out seven, walked two, and gave up five hits, including a pair of Marcell Ozuna homers. Martinez will bring a 3.86 ERA into his next start at home against the rival Cubs. He has 50 strikeouts in 42 innings (seven starts) this season.
May 8 - 10:10 PM

Carlos Martinez permitted just one unearned run over 7 1/3 innings to earn his first win of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Brewers.

Martinez retired the first 12 batters he faced and had allowed just one hit through two outs in the seventh inning. Domingo Santana reached on a liner that Martinez nearly snagged and eventually came around on single that was preceded by a Matt Carpenter error. Martinez was pulled after a single and a strikeout in the eighth and the Cardinals' bullpen finished things off. It's been a disappointing start overall for Martinez, but he's got his ERA down to 3.75 and has struck out 43 over 36 frames. He'll take on the Braves on Sunday in Atlanta.
May 3 - 12:48 AM

Carlos Martinez allowed three earned runs over six innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Blue Jays.

Martinez gave up a long home run to Russell Martin in the second inning and he walked three batters in Toronto's two-run sixth inning, but it was an altogether encouraging start from the 25-year-old right-hander, who had been shaky since his excellent Opening Night performance against the Cubs. Martinez struck out eight in the Cardinals' extra-innings victory on Thursday afternoon and he now has 39 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings this season.
Apr 27 - 5:22 PM

Wednesday night's game between the Blue Jays and Cardinals has been postponed due to rain.

The forecast calls for continuous rain throughout the day and night in St. Louis, so this one gets an early bang. Carlos Martinez was set to face off against Mat Latos with a 7:15 p.m. CT start time. The game will be made up with a split doubleheader (12:45 p.m. CT and 6:15 p.m. CT) on Thursday at Busch Stadium.
Apr 26 - 12:54 PM

Carlos Martinez gave up five runs, including a pair of homers, over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

Martinez fell behind early after a pair of singles preceded a Travis Shaw three-run homer in the first inning, and things only got slightly better from there. In total, he allowed seven hits while walking two and striking out seven. Martinez was brilliant in a season-opening win against the Cubs, in which he took a no-decision, but he's gone 0-3 while allowing 12 earned runs over 15 1/3 innings in three starts since. The 25-year-old will try to lower his 4.76 ERA and 1.50 WHIP against the struggling Blue Jays in an interleague matchup Wednesday.
Apr 21 - 12:10 AM

Carlos Martinez punched out 11 batters but issued an amazing eight walks while giving up three runs -- two earned -- in 5 1/3 innings to take a loss to the Yankees on Saturday.

He gave up just four hits but couldn't find the plate all day. Not only did he walk eight batters he threw a wild pitch to let in a run and allowed another run to score with a crazy-wild throw to home after fielding a comebacker with a runner on third. Martinez struck out the side in the first inning but issued four walks in the process. He also struck out the side in the second inning but walked two in the frame. None of the first 12 batters made contact -- they all either walked or struck out. Despite the extreme wildness he was remarkably effective through five innings. He allowed a run in the first inning on a wild pitch, then tossed four scoreless frames. He allowed two runs in the sixth inning and was lifted after throwing 118 pitches. Martinez now sits at 0-2 with a 3.57 ERA, 24 strikeouts and nine walks in 17 2/3 innings.
Apr 15 - 4:42 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed six runs -- five earned -- over five innings as the Cardinals fell to the Reds on Sunday afternoon in St. Louis.

Martinez was victimized by some ugly defense, but it's not like he pitched well. Cincinnati got to the hard-throwing right-hander for one walk and six hits, including a home run by Adam Duvall in the top of the second inning. He finished with only three strikeouts, after whiffing 10 against the Cubs on Opening Day. Martinez will carry an 0-1 record and 3.65 ERA into his next start at Yankee Stadium.
Apr 9 - 5:53 PM

Carlos Martinez dominated the Cubs in Sunday night's season opener, racking up 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, but wound up with a no-decision after Seung Hwan Oh was unable to protect his lead.

The right-hander scattered six hits on the night and didn't walk a batter. He threw 105 pitches in the ballgame, 68 of them for strikes. The biggest threat against him in the contest came in the seventh inning where the Cubs put two men on base with one out before Martinez handed the ball over to Seung Hwan Oh. It's the first time that a Cardinals' starter has recorded double-digit strikeouts in an Opening Day start since Bob Gibson accomplished the feat in 1975. He'll look to carry over this fine effort when he takes on the Reds at home on Sunday.
Apr 3 - 12:18 AM

Carlos Martinez held the Astros to two runs over five innings in his final spring tune-up Monday.

He yielded three hits and two walks while recording a pair of strikeouts. Martinez finishes Grapefruit League play with a sparkling 1.38 ERA across three starts, and he also put up a 1.13 ERA over two World Baseball Classic outings. The right-hander looks to be in fine form and he will take on the Cubs on Opening Night Sunday.
Mar 27 - 10:06 PM

Carlos Martinez blanked the Nationals for five innings Wednesday in the Cardinals' 6-1 victory.

Martinez was named the Cardinals' Opening Day starter before the game. He's certainly the best bet in the group for fantasy purposes, but he still would seem to be a bit more of an injury risk than some. If he can make 30-32 starts again, he'll probably be a top-20 SP this year.
Mar 22 - 4:09 PM

Carlos Martinez has been named the Cardinals' Opening Day starter.

Adam Wainwright has received the last four Opening Day assignments, so he has passed the torch here. Martinez deserves it, as he's now the unquestioned ace of the staff. The 25-year-old posted a 3.04 ERA and 174/70 K/BB ratio over 195 1/3 innings last season.
Mar 22 - 11:02 AM

Carlos Martinez was charged with two runs -- one earned -- over four innings in the Dominican Republic's loss to Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday.

Martinez struck out five batters and had his regular nasty stuff going with a heater that regularly reached the upper-90s. He walked three batters, though, and needed 71 pitches to navigate through his four frames. Martinez won't be eligible to pitch again in the WBC unless the Dominican makes the Championship Round.
Mar 15 - 12:34 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Carpenter
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Paul DeJong
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jedd Gyorko
2Jhonny Peralta
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Brett Cecil
3Kevin Siegrist
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8John Brebbia
9Zach Duke