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Carlos Martinez | Relief Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 9/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Thursday that Carlos Martinez could become an option to replace Joe Kelly (hamstring) in the rotation if it turns out Kelly needs an extended absence.

The Cards will go with Tyler Lyons as Kelly's replacement for now, keeping Martinez in a bullpen role. It makes sense that they wouldn't want to shuttle Martinez back-and-forth between roles when he might only be needed for a couple starts. If it turns out Kelly's hamstring strain is severe, then the young fireballer could get a shot.
Apr 17 - 6:30 PM

Carlos Martinez struggled Wednesday in his first appearance since being sent to the pen, giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Martinez allowed three hits and walked two while throwing 32 pitches. Maybe he's disappointed after getting bumped from the rotation despite outpitching Joe Kelly this spring, but maybe it was just a bad day at the office for the 22-year-old.
Mar 26 - 4:16 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Sunday that Carlos Martinez will begin the season working as a setup man in the eighth inning.

Despite thoroughly out-pitching Joe Kelly this spring, Martinez was not given the final spot in the Cardinals' Opening Day rotation. The 22-year-old hurler will work in front of closer Trevor Rosenthal to begin the season. His fantasy value will remain minimal until his role changes.
Mar 23 - 6:22 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Oscar Taveras
2Randal Grichuk
3Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Shelby Miller
6Justin Masterson
7Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Carlos Martinez
8Kevin Siegrist
9Justin Masterson