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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 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

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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

Carlos Martinez blanked the Mets for six innings, allowing just three hits, in the Cardinals' 5-4 win Wednesday.

Martinez also legged out an infield single after Wilmer Flores chose to hang back on his bouncer to shortstop. Martinez, named the Cardinals' fifth starter Monday, is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 22 innings this spring. Because of his upside, he shouldn't be left unowned in any mixed leagues.
Apr 1 - 5:27 PM

Carlos Martinez has been officially named as the Cardinals' fifth starter.

That was the speculation as soon as Jaime Garcia had a recurrence of shoulder issues, but it's now official. Meanwhile, Marco Gonzales will be optioned to Triple-A. Martinez has immense upside and is well worth a flier in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 30 - 5:46 PM

According to's Jenifer Langosch, "every indication is that" Carlos Martinez will open the 2015 regular season as the Cardinals' fifth starter.

Jaime Garcia was probably the frontrunner for the spot as recently as last week, but his shoulder issues have suddenly resurfaced. Martinez possesses terrific raw stuff and is worth a flier in pretty much every standard mixed fantasy league. Marco Gonzales will presumably be optioned to Triple-A Memphis when camp breaks.
Mar 30 - 10:38 AM

Carlos Martinez allowed one run over five innings and struck out six Friday against the Nationals.

Martinez has been strong enough to claim a rotation spot, but it's hard to see the Cardinals picking him over Jaime Garcia if Garcia finishes the spring healthy. Garcia can't be sent down, and he's not viewed as an option for the bullpen. Martinez can be optioned out or transitioned back to a relief role very easily.
Mar 27 - 5:31 PM

Carlos Martinez struck out three in three scoreless innings of relief Saturday against the Braves.

Martinez bounced back nicely after giving up five runs last time out. Besides the three strikeouts, five of his outs came on the ground, and he allowed just one single and one walk. The Cardinals' fifth starter competition remains too close to call at this point.
Mar 21 - 3:58 PM

Carlos Martinez gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings Sunday in his start against the Twins.

Fortunately, it doesn't sound like a fatal blow to his rotation candidacy.'s Andrew Simon had Mike Matheny afterwards saying that he's still very much in the mix. While Martinez walked two today, he still has a nice 7/2 K/B ratio in eight innings for the spring.
Mar 15 - 5:24 PM

Carlos Martinez yielded one run in 2 2/3 innings and struck out three Tuesday against the Astros.

Martinez walked none, though he did hit a batter. All three hits he gave up were doubles. Martinez has allowed just the one run and struck out six in 4 2/3 innings for the spring. He's yet to do anything to hurt his chances of winning a rotation spot.
Mar 10 - 5:13 PM

Carlos Martinez impressed in a win over the Marlins on Thursday, striking out three in two perfect innings.

Even after trading Shelby Miller, the Cardinals will have just one rotation spot for Martinez, Jaime Garcia or Marco Gonzales, assuming their top four stays healthy. The winner of the battle will be worth picking up in mixed leagues, but it's too early to make a call there. Martinez has excellent raw stuff and the most fantasy upside of the bunch.
Mar 5 - 3:46 PM

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C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
2B1Kolten Wong
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Adam Wainwright
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Kevin Siegrist
7Carlos Villanueva
8Mitch Harris
9Miguel Socolovich
10Sam Tuivailala