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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 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

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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

Carlos Martinez allowed three runs over seven innings Tuesday, earning the victory in the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Marlins.

Martinez was on the verge of a disastrous outing, allowing three runs on five hits through his first two innings of work, but he settled in nicely. Martinez held the Marlins scoreless over the next five innings and finished with nine strikeouts in the game. The quality start was the seventh consecutive for Martinez, who now owns a 2.89 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 94/36 K/BB ratio this year. Martinez will next take the hill Sunday against the Cubs.
Jun 23 - 10:16 PM

Carlos Martinez gave up only two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings, but suffered a loss on Wednesday against the Twins.

First baseman Mark Reynolds committed an error that allowed the Twins to score their first run in the fourth inning. A run later came around to score on a sacrifice fly, accounting for all of the damage against Martinez. He scattered five hits and three walks while striking out six. The right-hander has held the opposition to two or fewer runs in seven consecutive starts and now holds a terrific 2.80 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and an 85/35 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings. Martinez has a date in Miami with the Marlins next.
Jun 17 - 11:17 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings as the Cardinals bested the Rockies 4-2 on Wednesday.

Martinez held the Rockies off the board until the seventh, when he served up a two-run shot to Ben Paulsen that precipitated his exit. The right-hander struck out four while scattering eight hits and a walk in the win. It was his fifth-straight quality start and moved him to 7-2 overall this year. Martinez owns a 2.93 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 79/32 K/BB ratio over 73 2/3 innings heading into Tuesday's contest against the Twins.
Jun 10 - 6:56 PM

Carlos Martinez fanned 11 while limiting the Dodgers to one run in seven innings in Friday's win.

Martinez dominated for the fourth straight start, though he did give up his first run since May 15. He's struck out 32 while allowing just 13 hits over his last four outings, all of which were Cardinals victories.
Jun 6 - 12:43 AM

Carlos Martinez fired seven scoreless innings Sunday in the Cardinals' 3-1 defeat of the Dodgers.

Martinez walked three but struck out eight and yielded just one hit. He was visibly emotional during a pregame tribute to his deceased friend Oscar Taveras, but the 23-year-old right-hander looked as locked in as ever from the first pitch on. Martinez now boasts a 3.13 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings this season. He has an incredible amount of upside.
May 31 - 4:50 PM

Carlos Martinez had to settle for a no-decision but was superb nonetheless Monday, tossing seven shutout frames in a 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Martinez surrendered just five hits -- all singles -- while walking two and striking out eight. Of the 21 outs he recorded on the day, 19 of them came either via a strikeout or groundball. After back-to-back poor starts to kick off the month, Martinez has now allowed just two runs over his last three outings to lower his ERA to 3.54. He'll try to keep it going against the Dodgers this weekend.
May 25 - 8:04 PM

Carlos Martinez hurled 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball, earning his fourth victory as the Cardinals ran roughshod over the Mets 9-0 on Wednesday.

Martinez scattered four hits, a pair of walks, and a hit batsman in his outing. It's the first time he pitched into the seventh inning since April 24. The right-hander has a 4.08 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and a 48/22 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings. Martinez will look to start another winning streak when he starts an afternoon game against the Diamondbacks on Monday.
May 20 - 10:48 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed two runs in five innings Friday in a loss to the Tigers.

Martinez gave up a solo homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the second inning and a sacrifice fly to Ian Kinsler in the fifth, but it was enough to put him on the losing side. Still, it was an obvious improvement over his previous two outings. Martinez struck out eight and walked two and now owns a 4.73 ERA and 43/20 K/BB ratio through 40 innings this season. He'll get the struggling Mets next week in New York.
May 16 - 1:11 AM

Carlos Martinez was shelled for seven earned runs in 5 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Pirates.

It's the second straight start in which Martinez has struggled with his control and composure. He gave up seven runs on nine hits and four walks in just 3 2/3 innings Monday against the Cubs and he gave up seven hits and four more walks Saturday in night Pittsburgh. The 23-year-old right-hander has tremendous upside, but he's hitting some major speed bumps here in May after a very promising first month.
May 9 - 9:46 PM

Carlos Martinez lucked into a no-decision after giving up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Cardinals held off the Cubs on Monday.

Martinez walked three of the first four batters he faced to open the game, then watched as the Cubs plated five runs in four consecutive singles. Anthony Rizzo added a solo home run in the second and Miguel Montero brought in the Cubs' seventh run with a double in the fourth, chasing Martinez from the game. Overall, he gave up nine hits, walked four, and struck out four. Martinez had been brilliant in his first four starts, so treat Monday's outing as an outlier. He still has a 3.64 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP and a 28/14 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. Martinez will look for redemption over the weekend when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
May 5 - 12:07 AM

Carlos Martinez limited the Phillies to two runs over six innings to improve to 3-0 with Wednesday's win.

The Phillies had a few opportunities to tack on more runs, but their poor fundamentals bailed Martinez out. Ben Revere failed to execute a bunt in the third inning and was caught in a rundown between third base and home in the fifth. Martinez allowed six hits and walked three batters while striking out only three.
Apr 29 - 10:52 PM

Carlos Martinez struck out eight and did not allow a run in Friday's 3-0 win over the Brewers.

Martinez was, in a word, brilliant. The Brewers managed just four hits off of the 23-year-old, only one of which went for extra bases. The seven innings pitched marked Martinez's longest outing of the year as he improved to 2-0. In 20 innings, the right-hander has allowed just 11 hits. Martinez is facing an innings limit and will have to maintain his health, but his 1.35 ERA and 0.90 WHIP speak for themselves. He'll look to stay on a good roll when he faces the Phillies in his next start.
Apr 25 - 1:55 AM

Carlos Martinez held the Reds to just one run over six innings in a 5-2 victory on Saturday.

Facing the Reds for a second straight start, Martinez gave up just three hits and a pair of walks while notching three strikeouts. The only run scored on a solo homer from Zack Cozart in the fifth inning. The 23-year-old owns a 2.08 ERA with a 13/5 K/BB ratio over his first 13 innings of work this season. He's likely going to face an innings limit, but there's breakout potential here.
Apr 18 - 6:00 PM

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1B1Matt Adams
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2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
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3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
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S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
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6Tim Cooney
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