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Carlos Martinez | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 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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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Cardinals and Carlos Martinez have had "initial conversations" regarding a contract extension.
Things have been moving slowly toward an extension since the close of the regular season, with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reporting in early October that pitcher and team have mutual interest in getting this done. Don't expect anything on the immediate horizon, though. Both Cotillo and Goold have relayed that these talks will continue into the winter. Goold speculated that an extension could come about in spring training. Martinez -- who posted a 3.04 ERA with a 174/70 K/BB ratio in 195 1/3 innings this past season -- is under team control through 2019. Nov 16 - 4:34 PM

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According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals and Carlos Martinez have mutual interest in working out a contract extension.

Goold says it "could be something they finalize during spring training" next February or March. Martinez had a sharp 2016 season for St. Louis, registering a 3.04 ERA and 174 strikeouts over 195 1/3 frames. The 25-year-old right-hander will be eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter.
Oct 4 - 11:32 PM

Carlos Martinez came up huge for the Cardinals on Friday by tossing seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 win over the Pirates.

That’s why he’s their ace. Martinez scattered five hits — all of them singles — while walking just one batter and striking out nine. He induced 18 swinging strikes in his 104 pitches. Martinez improved to 16-9 with the victory and will finish the regular season with a 3.04 ERA and 174/70 K/BB ratio over 195 1/3 innings.
Oct 1 - 12:59 AM

Carlos Martinez logged a quality start in Sunday's loss to the Cubs, allowing just two runs on six hits over his six innings of work.

The right-hander walked four and punched out six on the night. He made it through the first four frames unscathed before David Ross belted a solo homer in the fifth inning. Addison Russell then tacked on an RBI double the following inning to complete the damage. Martinez has had an excellent season overall, compiling a 3.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 165/69 K/BB ratio over 188 2/3 innings. He'll take his final turn of the regular season on Friday against the Pirates.
Sep 25 - 11:19 PM

Carlos Martinez lasted just five frames but notched his 15th win over the season Monday, allowing two runs in a 5-3 victory over the Rockies.

Martinez needed 102 pitches to cover his five innings and it looked like he might not last that long. After hitting a two-run double in the fourth and then scoring on a single, Martinez needed oxygen in the dugout and then still didn't look right when he came back out for the bottom of the frame, needing a visit from the trainer. He gutted it out, though, and the Cards' bullpen provided good work over the next four innings. Martinez will take on the Cubs at Wrigley in his next start.
Sep 19 - 11:56 PM

Carlos Martinez gave up four earned runs in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cubs.

Martinez started hot, striking out Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo in order in the top of the first inning, but opposing pitcher Jon Lester slapped an RBI single to center in the third inning and 39-year-old backup catcher David Ross slugged a two-run homer to the batter's eye in the fifth. Anthony Rizzo added a solo shot to right in the sixth, one of two homers Rizzo would hit in the 7-0 afternoon romp at Busch Stadium. Martinez finished with nine strikeouts and zero walks but eight hits allowed. He'll try for better next time out at Coors Field.
Sep 14 - 4:24 PM

Carlos Martinez surrendered three runs -- two earned -- in seven innings to beat the Brewers 4-3 on Friday.

He gave up nine hits and a walk while fanning only one solitary batter but was able to pitch around trouble effectively. The Brewers eked out an unearned run in the first inning. A third-inning mistake pitch to Scooter Gennett ended up in the outfield seats to put Martinez down 3-0 but he shut them down after that. His offense put a four-spot on the board in the third inning to earn him his 14th victory against seven losses. He has a very impressive 3.05 ERA after 27 starts. That is no fluke as he put up a 3.01 ERA in a full season last year.
Sep 10 - 12:39 AM

Carlos Martinez struggled to corral his stuff in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Reds, walking five and allowing two runs over six-plus innings

Martinez struck out six and allowed seven hits over his six-plus innings of work. He finished the afternoon having thrown 99 pitches. Only 57 of them went for strikes. The five walks represented a season-high for the talented 24-year-old. He will try for better control when he brings his 3.07 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 143/61 K/BB ratio (164 1/3 innings) into a home start against the Brewers next time he toes the rubber.
Sep 4 - 4:11 PM

Carlos Martinez notched a career-high 13 strikeouts across six innings of one-run ball in Monday's 6-5 victory over the Brewers.

Martinez tied his previous career high last month with 11 punchouts in an outing that also came against the Brewers. Unfortunately, he didn't get credited with a win in this one, as the Cardinals' bullpen blew a late lead. Still, it was a third straight brilliant effort from Martinez, who has yielded only one run in each of his last three outings while boasting a 25/6 K/BB ratio over 21 innings. He'll try to keep it rolling on Sunday in Cincinnati.
Aug 29 - 11:51 PM

Carlos Martinez held the Mets to one run in eight innings to cruise to a win Wednesday.

Martinez threw 97 pitches in the gem. He also had a couple of hits, raising his average to .255 this season. Martinez will carry a 12-7 record into his next start against the Brewers on Monday.
Aug 25 - 12:32 AM

Carlos Martinez held the Astros to one run over seven innings Wednesday in the Cardinals' 8-2 rout.

Martinez actually carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth inning, but Teoscar Hernandez promptly broke it up with a double that hopped just over the third base bag and leaked down the left field line. Martinez was brilliant, yielding only three total hits and one walk while striking out seven. He probably could have worked into the ninth inning, but manager Mike Matheny pulled him at 79 pitches with the visiting Cardinals leading big. Martinez, 24, now boasts a 3.24 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 119/51 K/BB ratio in 144 1/3 innings this season. He gets the Mets at home next in a matchup that could be very important to the National League Wild Card race.
Aug 17 - 5:20 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed three runs over six innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Cubs.

Martinez held the Cubs' offense in check for most of the night before they were able to scrape across three runs with two outs in the sixth inning. Even then, it was a tough pill to swallow -- Chris Coghlan hit a two-run single after he asked for time and wasn't granted it, and one batter later David Ross dropped down a bunt single to give the Cubs the lead. It spoiled an otherwise good night for the 24-year-old, who remains 10-7 with a 3.34 ERA and 1.22 WHIP overall. Martinez will square off with the Astros in an interleague tilt Wednesday.
Aug 12 - 12:18 AM

Carlos Martinez allowed seven runs -- six earned -- over five innings in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

Whoever had the lowly Braves handing Martinez his worst loss of the season, raise their hand. The right-hander wasn't all that terrible, truly, but when he did make mistakes the Braves hit them for three-run home runs. The loss dropped him to 10-7 and raised his ERA to 3.29 through 21 starts. The 24-year-old will look to bounce back Thursday against the Cubs.
Aug 7 - 12:24 AM

Carlos Martinez failed to impress in Sunday's no-decision against the Marlins, yielding four runs on seven hits over seven innings.

Martinez struggled with his control at times, walking four on the afternoon. Three of the four runs on his line scored in the first inning courtesy of a deep two-run double by Marcell Ozuna and an RBI single by J.T. Realmuto. Realmuto would burn him for another RBI single in the fourth to finish off the scoring on his line. Despite the relatively uninspiring outing, Martinez still holds a 2.99 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 103/45 K/BB ratio over 126 1/3 innings for the season as a whole. He will try for a tighter outing in a home showdown with the Braves next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 31 - 4:04 PM

Carlos Martinez earned his 10th victory of the season as the Cardinals beat the Mets 3-2 in the first half of a doubleheader Tuesday at Citi Field.

Martinez wasn't at his sharpest, yielding four walks, five hits, and two earned runs over just five innings, but he was able to out-duel Mets ace Noah Syndergaard in the late-afternoon makeup for Monday night's rainout. The two runs Martinez allowed both came on a two-run shot by Mets catcher Rene Rivera in the bottom of the fourth. Martinez, 24, now stands 10-6 with a 2.87 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 99/41 K/BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings (19 starts) this season. Next up is a road start against the Marlins.
Jul 26 - 7:44 PM

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