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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 was charged with three runs over six frames Friday against the Cubs, taking a no-decision in what turned out to be an 11-4 Cardinals win.
It wasn't one of Martinez's best efforts, as the 10 hits he surrendered was easily a season high (he hadn't given up more than seven base knocks previously) and he struck out only three. The righty was still able to notch a second straight quality start, though. Martinez hasn't been very sharp so far in July with a 5.87 ERA and just 15 whiffs over 23 frames. He'll aim for his first win since mid-June next week at home versus the Rockies. Jul 21 - 6:11 PM

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Carlos Martinez allowed two earned runs over seven innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Pirates.

Martinez did his part, striking out five batters and issuing only one walk while scattering five hits, but Brett Cecil allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Bucs rallied to take the three-game weekend series at PNC Park. Martinez has a 3.36 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 133/46 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings (19 starts) this season, yet his record is 6-8. He'll face the rival Cubs on the road in his next scheduled outing.
Jul 16 - 5:36 PM

Carlos Martinez worked two scoreless innings in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

Martinez was the only National League pitcher to work multiple frames and he did it with flair, pumping 100 mph fastballs and wicked off-speed stuff past some of the best hitters in the American League. He racked up four strikeouts -- three in the top of the fourth. The 25-year-old right-hander carries a 3.40 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 9.9 K/9 into the second half.
Jul 12 - 12:28 AM

Carlos Martinez allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

What looked as though it could be a duel between Martinez and Jacob deGrom fizzled from the start, with Martinez allowing runs in four of his five innings of work. Two of those came by way of home runs, and the 25-year-old also walked three while striking out just four in the outing. His last two starts, both losses, made for a disappointing end to a very strong first half for Martinez, who still heads into the break with a 3.40 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 128/45 K/BB ratio overall.
Jul 8 - 12:50 AM

Carlos Martinez was hit hard in Sunday's loss to the Nationals, surrendering five runs on seven hits over five innings of work.

The right-hander walked four and struck out three on the night. Nearly all of the damage against him was inflicted by Bryce Harper, who blasted a pair of two-run homers. Martinez now sits at 6-7 on the season with a 3.15 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 134/42 K/BB ratio. He'll finish up his first half on Friday against the Mets.
Jul 2 - 11:11 PM

Carlos Martinez surrendered two runs in six innings and struck out 10 in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Martinez has been blessed with an easy schedule this year, which has played a role in his 2.88 ERA. Still, he deserves far better than his current 6-6 record. Tonight's quality start was his 12th in 16 starts this year.
Jun 28 - 1:20 AM

Carlos Martinez took a loss after allowing three runs -- two earned -- in six innings Thursday against the Phillies.

Martinez has been way too good this year to deserve a 6-6 record after 15 starts. Twice he's gotten no-decisions after allowing no runs, once in 7 1/3 innings and once in nine innings, and he's currently sporting a 2.87 ERA even though the Cardinals have hardly played great defense this year. It took two errors to lead to the unearned run he allowed today.
Jun 22 - 4:10 PM

Carlos Martinez was dominant in Friday's victory over the Orioles, racking up eight strikeouts over six innings of one-run ball.

The star right-hander scattered four hits and three walks in the ballgame. The only blemish on his night was a sacrifice fly off the bat of Manny Machado in the third inning. After throwing a complete game his last time out, and with the Cardinals providing ample run support, the Cardinals were able to give him a breather in this one by pulling him out after just 92 pitches. He'll carry an impressive 2.86 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 107/33 K/BB ratio into Thursday's start against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
Jun 16 - 10:16 PM

Carlos Martinez fanned 11 batters while firing a complete-game shutout in a 7-0 waxing of the Phillies.

He allowed just hour hits and one walk in the dominant outing. Only two Phillies runners even made it to second base. Martinez evened his record at 5-5 with an elite 2.95 ERA through 13 starts. He has amassed 99 strikeouts and 30 walks in 88 1/3 innings of work.
Jun 10 - 6:03 PM

Carlos Martinez gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Reds.

Martinez had a shutout going until the seventh, when the Reds came up with all of their offense for the night and sent Martinez to just his second loss since April. Martinez really should have been the NL Pitcher of the Month after going 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 44 1/3 innings in May, but the voters preferred Alex Wood's 28 innings instead. Martinez is 4-5 with a 3.29 ERA for the season. Tonight's game was the sixth this year, including the fourth in a row, in which the Cardinals scored two runs or fewer in a Martinez start.
Jun 5 - 11:55 PM

Carlos Martinez pitched eighth innings of one-run ball and struck out nine as the Cardinals edged the Dodgers 2-1 on Wednesday.

Martinez has turned in seven straight quality starts, and he ended up 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA for the month of May. Particularly encouraging is that he's come in at 9.7 K/9 IP this year after finishing at 8.0 last season. He'll face the Reds next time out.
May 31 - 11:15 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
1B1Matt Carpenter
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
3B1Jedd Gyorko
LF1Tommy Pham
2Randal Grichuk
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Jose Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Trevor Rosenthal
3Kevin Siegrist
4Matt Bowman
5Brett Cecil
6Tyler Lyons
7John Brebbia
8Zach Duke