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Carlos Martinez | Relief Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Monday that Carlos Martinez projects as the team's primary setup man next season.
Obviously a lot can happen between now and spring training with the Cards' roster. But while Martinez has loads of upside as a starter, there might not be room for him in the rotation as things currently shake out. "You can see there is a spot for Carlos in that bullpen that looks pretty nice when it fits right," Mozeliak said. "We’ll have him continue to prepare (to start), but there are only so many innings that we have in spring for starters. He’s always been an option, but we do like him in the back end of the bullpen." Oct 20 - 7:57 PM

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Carlos Martinez came in for the save Sunday, closing out the Cardinals' 1-0 win over the Diamondbacks as they secured the National League Central title.

The Cardinals technically won the division when the Pirates lost to the Reds, but they won their game just for good measure. The Cards used a bevy of relievers in the game, with Martinez getting the final two outs to earn his first save of the year. The electric 23-year-old finished the season with a 4.03 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings. The Cardinals will meet the Dodgers in Los Angeles Friday for the start of their series.
Sep 28 - 8:36 PM

Carlos Martinez threw two scoreless innings of relief Wednesday in the Cardinals' loss to the Reds.

Martinez struck out three of the seven batters he faced, flashing a 97-98 mph fastball and a sweeping power slider. The right-hander has been sensational since the return of Yadier Molina, striking out 10 batters and yielding no runs over his last 9 2/3 innings. He'll remain a big part of the St. Louis bullpen down the stretch and into the postseason.
Sep 10 - 10:07 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis.

Martinez spun 10 1/3 scoreless innings with a 7/1 K/BB ratio in two starts at Memphis after being sent down earlier this month. He'll be used as a reliever for now but could get another shot in the rotation if Shelby Miller's struggles continue.
Aug 17 - 11:41 AM

Cardinals optioned RHP Carlos Martinez to Triple-A Memphis.

He's being sent there to stretch out as a starter, which is the best thing for his development rather than being used sporadically in relief. Martinez, who holds a 4.74 ERA with 64 strikeouts over 68 1/3 innings this season, will be back in September.
Aug 1 - 3:46 PM

Carlos Martinez is moving back to the bullpen.

Shelby Miller is going to take his rotation spot on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Martinez has fantastic raw stuff and massive upside, but the 22-year-old right-hander owns an ugly 4.57 ERA and 1.46 WHIP on the season.
Jul 23 - 4:22 PM

Carlos Martinez struggled in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday night, allowing three runs on six hits over his four innings of work.

The young right-hander struck out five while walking two on the evening. His transition to the rotation hasn’t gone as swimmingly as the Cardinals had hoped, as he now sports a 4.57 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 62/30 K/BB ratio over 67 innings on the season. He’ll take on the Cubs in Chicago next weekend.
Jul 20 - 11:43 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed four runs on seven hits over four innings of work in a loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

Martinez had yet to lose as a starter before Sunday, as the loss was his first since May 29. The right-hander didn't have much from the outset, giving up four straight singles to lead off the game. He struck out five while walking three, and he owns a mediocre 4.43 ERA and 1.43 WHIP heading into the All-Star break. How the Cardinals rotation shakes out in the second half is still up in the air, but Martinez seems to be a part of it for now.
Jul 13 - 5:11 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed four runs, all on home runs, on eight hits over six innings of a no-decision against the Pirates on Tuesday.

Martinez served up two-run blasts to Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen in the game, his first homers allowed since being converted to a starter. The right-hander also walked two while striking out six. The Cardinals offense bailed him out -- a novel concept these days -- to keep his record at 2-3, and he'll get one more shot at pulling even before the All-Star break when he faces the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday.
Jul 8 - 11:35 PM

Carlos Martinez struck out six while holding the Giants to one run over five innings in a 7-2 victory Thursday.

He permitted five hits while walking just one. Martinez probably had one more inning in him, but he had just escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and also appeared to jar his neck while diving to field a Gregor Blanco bunt single. He's yet to go more than five frames as he transitions from reliever to starter, but Martinez boasts a 2.45 ERA with 18 strikeouts over 18 1/3 innings since moving into the rotation. He'll close out his first half next week against the Pirates and Brewers.
Jul 3 - 7:30 PM

Carlos Martinez pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed one run Friday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

Martinez should be in the rotation for a while now with Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia out. Tonight's performance was shaky -- he allowed six hits and walked three -- but he could have escaped without any damage at all had Matt Adams gone to the ground to grab or at least block Dee Gordon's RBI single in the second. Martinez remains very interesting for fantasy purposes for however long he's in the rotation.
Jun 28 - 1:12 AM

Carlos Martinez allowed three runs and struck out five over five innings in a win over the Phillies on Sunday.

Martinez nearly let the game get away from him in the second inning, when Cody Asche delivered a bases-loaded double to account for all three of the Phillies runs, but he rebounded to get through five innings for the win. He gave up three hits and a walk in the game. With both Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia on the disabled list it appears Martinez will remain the starting rotation for the foreseeable future, and he's a decent flyer to take in mixed leagues.
Jun 22 - 7:51 PM

Carlos Martinez will start Sunday against the Phillies.

He'll take the place of Michael Wacha, who will have his turn skipped in the rotation in order to give him a little rest. Martinez allowed an unearned run on two hits over four innings against the Mets on Monday. He might not work deep into the game on Sunday either, but he could make for an appealing streaming option.
Jun 19 - 5:03 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed just an unearned run and two hits over four innings in his start against the Mets on Monday.

Martinez got through the first two innings on just 14 pitches, but then he got a little wild, walking four (one intentionally) over the next two frames. He ended up throwing just 31 of his 59 pitches for strikes. Still, he was effective, and this would look like a nice building block for him if the Cardinals wanted to keep him in the rotation. The plan is for him to probably return to the pen if Adam Wainwright pitches this weekend as hoped, but we'll see.
Jun 17 - 12:04 AM

Carlos Martinez will start on Monday against the Mets in place of the injured Adam Wainwright (elbow).

He'll be backed up by Nick Greenwood in what will be a bullpen start. Martinez has been stretched out a bit more lately but hasn't gone more than 2 2/3 innings in an appearance this season, so the Cards will be lucky to get five out of him Monday. St. Louis is hoping Wainwright (elbow) will be ready to pitch next weekend, so Martinez will head back to the bullpen after Monday's outing.
Jun 15 - 12:02 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Xavier Scruggs
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Randal Grichuk
2Oscar Taveras
3Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Shelby Miller
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Carlos Martinez
8Kevin Siegrist
9Justin Masterson
10Tyler Lyons
11Nick Greenwood
12Marco Gonzales
13Samuel Tuivailala