|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||100.00||7.00||7.00||0.00||3.87||1.27||83.00||29.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs LHB|| 3.1||0||0|| 2.70||0||3||0|
|vs RHB|| 6.1||0||0|| 1.42||0||1||6|
|04/19/2014||Carlos Martinez, RP STL|
Adam Wainwright, SP STL
Aroldis Chapman, RP CIN
|Kyle Zimmer, SP KC|
Clayton Kershaw, SP LAD
Mike Zunino, C SEA
|04/18/2014||Dayan Viciedo, RF CHW||Carlos Martinez, RP STL|
|04/18/2014||Alex Rios, RF TEX|
Rajai Davis, LF DET
Grady Sizemore, CF BOS
|Carlos Martinez, RP STL|
Carlos Quentin, LF SD
Coco Crisp, CF OAK
Shin-Soo Choo, LF TEX
|Last 10 Games|
|Carlos Martinez not considered an option for spot starts |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(4/17/14) The Cardinals are not considered moving pitcher Carlos Martinez from the bullpen to the rotation, despite losing Joe Kelly to a hamstring injury that landed him on the disabled list Thursday, according to MLB.com.
"You'd be looking at stretching him out just to slow him back down again," Matheny said. "This is one of those scenarios where we just don't know how long it's going to be [for Kelly]. It's not set in stone, and I think you take that risk of pulling [Martinez] out, getting him going just to slow him back down if things [with Kelly] progress quickly."
According to the report, the team prefers to pick a starter from the Triple-A squad in Memphis, rather than move Carlos Martinez into a starting role for a few spot starts. Tyler Lyons and Tim Cooney are both mentioned as possible options for the spot.
Martinez has a 1.86 ERA in 9 2/3 innings of the bullpen, and has yet to throw more than 31 pitches in any outing.
|Carlos Martinez takes loss Wednesday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(4/3/14) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez was saddled with the loss Wednesday, giving up the only run of the game in his team's 1-0 loss to the Reds.
Martinez did a great job in his season debut Monday, getting two outs without giving up a hit or a walk, but he surrendered three hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings Wednesday. He'll continue to function as a key setup man for the Cardinals.
|Joe Kelly beats out Carlos Martinez for spot in rotation |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(3/23/14) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Sunday pitcher Joe Kelly has beaten out Carlos Martinez for the final spot in the team's rotation, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Martinez will now be moved to a setup role in front of closer Trevor Rosenthal.
|Carlos Martinez still on roll in quest for rotation role |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(3/19/14) Cardinals 22-year-old right-hander Carlos Martinez continued his push for a spot in the starting rotation Wednesday with another fine performance.
Martinez lowered his spring ERA to 1.76 by surrendering just one earned run in 5 1/3 innings against the Twins. He walked one and struck out four, but it should be noted that Minnesota was using only a few of its top position players.
|Cardinals pondering where to pitch Carlos Martinez |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(3/13/14) While Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez has been spectacular in three starts this spring, the team still hasn't decided what his role will be in 2014, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"It’s a question still to be determined," pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said. "We know what Carlos can do in the eighth inning. We’re kind of watching to see how he handles himself as a starter.
"At some point in his career, he’s going to be a dynamite starter. But what makes the Cardinals a better team this year?"
Martinez's performance this spring isn't making the decision easy for manager Mike Matheny, who might have to remove a starter from the rotation to accommodate Martinez.
"I can’t put percentages on it," Matheny said of Martinez's chances of starting. "The big picture is that he can pitch. It’s not worth him spending time on it. I understand and appreciate he would like to start. We’ve got a lot of guys in that situation. But if he gets people out, he’s going to make it very interesting."
|Carlos Martinez's biggest problem right now is perception. Because of his smallish build, scouts perceive he won't hold up in a starting role, and because he's now had some success in the bullpen -- compiling a 3.52 ERA over his final 21 appearances, regular and postseason combined -- the Cardinals staff might perceive he belongs there, kind of like Trevor Rosenthal last spring. With Rosenthal now entrenched at closer, Martinez and his 100-mph fastball would have nowhere to go but middle relief in that scenario, which is the last thing Fantasy owners want to see. Fortunately, the Cardinals will at least give him a look as a starter in spring training, but if he can't beat out the fragile Jaime Garcia or the scrappy Joe Kelly for a rotation spot, they're likely to keep him around in some other capacity. The potential of his electric stuff in a starting role makes Martinez worth a late-round flier in all leagues -- potentially earlier in Head-to-Head formats, where his relief pitcher eligibility comes in handy -- but the risk of him not getting a chance to deliver could steer some owners away.
(Updated 1/14/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/19/14||@ WAS||1:05 pm||Jordan Zimmermann|
|4/20/14||@ WAS||1:35 pm||Stephen Strasburg|
|4/21/14||@ NYM||7:10 pm||Jenrry Mejia|
|4/22/14||@ NYM||7:10 pm||Dillon Gee|
|4/23/14||@ NYM||7:10 pm||Jonathon Niese|
|4/24/14||@ NYM||1:10 pm||Bartolo Colon|
|4/25/14||PIT||8:15 pm||Gerrit Cole|
= probable start