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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
3Stephen Piscotty
4Dan Johnson
2B1Kolten Wong
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Jon Jay
3Peter Bourjos
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Adam Wainwright
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Kevin Siegrist
4Steve Cishek
5Seth Maness
6Randy Choate
7Matt Belisle
8Sam Tuivailala
9Carlos Villanueva
10Miguel Socolovich