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Carlos Martinez | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Carlos Martinez held the Mariners to one run in seven innings in a no-decision Friday.
Martinez has allowed a total of two runs in 22 1/3 innings in his last three starts, lowering his ERA from 3.76 to 3.02. Jun 25 - 1:20 AM

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Carlos Martinez threw seven shutout innings but didn't factor in the decision Saturday against the Rangers.

Martinez was brilliant, allowing just four singles and issuing one free pass before exiting. He left with a lead and a chance at his fourth straight win, but the bullpen stumbled and cost him the victory. Even so, it was another very strong turn for the 24-year-old, who owns a 3.17 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 66/27 K/BB ratio over 82 1/3 innings of work this year. Another interleague date, this time with the Mariners, is on tap for Friday.
Jun 18 - 11:30 PM

Carlos Martinez tossed 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Cardinals' 5-1 defeat of the Pirates.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny tried hard to get Martinez his first career shutout, letting him throw 122 pitches. A ninth-inning walk to Gregory Polanco and a single by Jung Ho Kang finally drove the young right-hander from the game. Martinez struck out five and scattered six hits over his dominant eight-plus frames, inducing 12 groundball outs. He'll try to keep it all working next time out against the Rangers.
Jun 11 - 10:13 PM

Carlos Martinez earned his sixth victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Giants to three runs on four hits over his six innings of work.

The right-hander punched out seven on the night while walking two. Jarett Parker tagged him for a two-run homer in the fourth, accounting for most of the damage against him. After a brutal stretch through most of the month of May, Martinez has won each of his last two starts and appears to be back on track. He'll carry a 3.76 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Jun 5 - 11:17 PM

Carlos Martinez struck out eight batters over eight scoreless innings Monday in the Cardinals' 6-0 victory over the Brewers.

Martinez was 0-5 with a 6.84 ERA in May entering the Memorial Day outing at Miller Park in Milwaukee, but he finished the month with an exclamation point. The hard-throwing righty yielded just five hits -- all singles -- and only issued one walk. He now stands 5-5 with a 3.69 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 50 strikeouts in 61 innings (10 starts) this season. Martinez gets the Giants at home next.
May 30 - 5:03 PM

Carlos Martinez was pounded for six runs in the second inning as the Cardinals fell to the Cubs on Wednesday.

Martinez looked pretty sharp in the top of the first, but it all fell apart for him in the top of the second as the Cubs rattled off six runs on six hits and two walks. The young Cardinals right-hander has struggled now in three straight outings -- since he began experiencing flu like-symptoms in early May. It's not quite panic time yet, but we're getting there. He has a pedestrian 4.25 ERA in nine starts overall.
May 25 - 5:40 PM

Carlos Martinez scuffled in Friday’s loss to the Diamondbacks, giving up four runs in five innings.

Martinez allowed seven hits and three walks while also hitting a batter. His line would have looked worse if it wasn’t for a diving catch by Jeremy Hazelbaker which prevented two runs from scoring. The young right-hander has now dropped four straight starts and has a shaky 7/9 K/BB ratio over his last three starts, which is a bit concerning after his recent respiratory infection. It doesn't get any easier in his next start against the Cubs.
May 21 - 12:50 AM

Carlos Martinez struggled in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing four runs on five hits over five innings.

Martinez was pushed back to Saturday from what had been a scheduled Thursday start, as he was dealing with a respiratory illness. No word whether that affected him against the Dodgers, but whatever the case, he simply didn't have much working. The young flamethrower struck out just two and walked three. For the season, he holds a 3.14 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 32/15 K/BB ratio over 43 innings. He will try for sharper form when he faces the Diamondbacks in St. Louis.
May 15 - 12:11 AM

Carlos Martinez (illness) is now scheduled to start Saturday against the Dodgers.

His normal turn would be Thursday versus the Angels, but the Cardinals want to give the young right-hander some additional rest after he made an early exit Friday night with a respiratory illness. "I think I will be 100 percent in the next couple days," Martinez told reporters on Tuesday evening in Anaheim.
May 10 - 8:02 PM

The Cardinals could skip Carlos Martinez's (flu) next scheduled turn in the rotation.

Martinez has been battling the flu during each of his last two outings and exited Friday's start early due to the illness. He's currently in line to start Thursday in Anaheim, but the Cards could wind up skipping him if he needs more rest. "I don’t know if there is overall rest that he’s going to need any more so than just letting normal time pass," manager Mike Matheny said. "Just take the time. Once they get over the hump it all (should be) pretty good. I’m not going to overthink it at this point. If the medical team decides he needs more rest, we’ll give him more rest."
May 8 - 9:34 AM

A chest X-ray on Cardinals hurler Carlos Martinez came back negative for pneumonia on Saturday.

The club also took a precautionary MRI on his arm, the results of which are not yet known. He was forced to leave Friday's start against the Pirates with what the club is calling fatigue, though they're being thorough to rule out any other possibilities.
May 7 - 3:52 PM

The Cardinals announced Friday that Carlos Martinez was lifted from his start against the Pirates due to fatigue.

He will be reassessed on Saturday. It's certainly encouraging news that there doesn't appear to be an injury at play here for the young right-hander, and it sounds as though he could stay on track to make his next scheduled start. Look for an update on his status on Saturday.
May 6 - 10:05 PM

Carlos Martinez was forced to leave Friday's start against the Pirates with an apparent injury.

Martinez looked uncomfortable for much of the fourth inning before he was finally lifted for Tyler Lyons. It's unclear exactly what the injury is, but it may have been an oblique issue. The Cardinals should have an update on his status soon.
May 6 - 9:30 PM

Carlos Martinez was given permission to leave the team Friday to deal with a civil lawsuit he's facing in South Florida.

The issue was brought to the Cardinals' attention on Thursday and Martinez was given permission to leave shortly after. Martinez is already back with the club but based on the allegations made, this could be something that falls under the league's new domestic violence policy. As of now, the league has not contacted the Cardinals about any pending disciplinary action. Martinez will start as planned Sunday against the Nationals.
Apr 30 - 9:17 PM

Carlos Martinez pitched a beautiful game in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the Diamondbacks, allowing just three hits over eight shutout innings.

Martinez might have struck out a modest four batters, but everything else about Tuesday's win was close to perfection. He walked just one batter over his eight innings of work, eventually taking a graceful exit after throwing 105 pitches. With the win, the 24-year-old right-hander improved to 4-0 with a strong 1.93 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 20/8 K/BB ratio across 28 innings. Martinez will open May at home against the Nationals in his next scheduled start.
Apr 27 - 12:42 AM

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3Carlos Martinez
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