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18 Carlos Martinez SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/185 | Birthdate: 9/21/1991 | Birthplace: Puerto Plata, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 97/77 | Average Draft Position: 183.43
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Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez grinds out win on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/28/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez posted a quality start in his outing against the Diamondbacks on Thursday. The young right-hander allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. he walked two and struck out six, throwing 60 of his 103 pitches for strikes.

All three runs Martinez allowed came in the third inning, which tied the game. But the Cardinals were able to bring in two in the fifth, paving the way for Martinez to pick up the 5-3 victory.

Martinez (13-6, 2.91 ERA) posted quality outings in three of his five August starts. With Thursday's victory, he snapped a personal two-game losing streak.


Cardinals' Carlos Martinez gets no help from offense, bullpen in loss


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/23/2015) Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez did not pitch poorly on Saturday, but he was left with his sixth loss of the season in the 8-0 defeat by the Padres. Martinez allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six, but the Cardinals' offense was unable to get anything going against Ian Kennedy.

Martinez (12-6, 2.85 ERA) pitched well through the first six innings, allowing just one run. But things fell apart for him in the seventh, when he allowed three of the first four men to reach safely. He was lifted from the game at that point, but the bullpen allowed those two runs, and five more, to score in the inning. 

Martinez may be wearing down as the season reaches its final stages. After going strong for most of the year, the young right-hander has now allowed three or more runs in four of his last five outings.


Bad fifth turns victory into defeat for Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2015) A matchup at home against faltering Miami appeared to be a perfect Sunday scenario for Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez.

Appearances can be deceiving. Martinez performed poorly in taking a loss that lowered his record to 12-5. He allowed five runs - though only one was earned - on seven hits in five innings. He walked none and whiffed five.

Martinez settled down after two singles resulted in a run in the first inning. But he did not rise to the occasion in the fifth when an error put two men on with nobody out. He yielded a three-run triple to Derek Dietrich that turned a 3-2 lead into a 5-3 deficit.

It marked just his second loss since June 17.


Cardinals' Carlos Martinez wins 12th game of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez improved to 12-4 on the year with a win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday. 

Martinez pitched eight innings for the second time in four starts. He allowed three runs on nine hits. 

He didn't walk a batter for the second time in three starts and struck out eight, his most since July 8.


Cardinals' Carlos Martinez shows inconsistency in no-decision


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/5/2015) Cardinals young right-hander Carlos Martinez had uneven results in his start against the Reds on Wednesday. Martinez allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out four, throwing 53 of his 93 pitches for strikes. He was left with a no-decision, as the Cardinals won the game 4-3 in extra innings.

Martinez left the game trailing 3-0, but the Cardinals were able to rally back and tie the game, before winning it in the 13th inning. 

He lowered his ERA a tick to 2.57 with the outing, as he was let down by a key error in a two-run third inning. This was a slight improvement over Martinez' previous start, in which he allowed five runs over 10 innings against the Rockies. 

Still, Martinez is 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA six outings (five starts).


Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez struggles in no-decision on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Cardinals young starter Carlos Martinez endured a rough outing against the Rockies on Thursday. The right-hander allowed five runs on 10 hits over five innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. He was left with a no-decision, as the Cardinals won 9-8 in walk-off fashion.

Martinez had a 2-1 lead after the second inning. But in the fourth, he gave up three more runs, including a two-run home run by the opposing pitcher Chris Rusin. Martinez allowed another run to score in the fifth before his night was done. He threw 100 pitches (69 strikes) in his five innings of work.

This was Martinez's worst start in quite some time, as it was the first time he had allowed more than three runs since May 9. In five starts this month, Martinez went 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA.


Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez earns 11th victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez put together a dominant outing Saturday, going eight innings and scattering just six hits as St. Louis earned a 1-0 win over the Braves. 

Martinez walked just one batter and struck out six to improve to 11-4 on the season, tied for second in the National League for most wins. After a four-inning outing in his last start, Martinez bounced back in a big way, crusing through Atlanta's lineup to lower his ERA to 2.34. 

Martinez needed just 93 pitches during his eight innings, relying on 13 ground-ball outs. 


Cardinals set upcoming starting rotation


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) The Cardinals will start pitcher Lance Lynn for Wednesday's game at the Chicago White Sox, reports MLB.com.

Lynn would then be followed by John Lackey for Thursday's contest against the Royals with Tim Cooney starting Friday's start against the Braves. The team will then turn to Carlos Martinez on Saturday and Michael Wacha on Sunday.


A.J. Burnett, Shelby Miller among NL All Stars not to pitch in game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) Five healthy National League pitchers didn't get into Tuesday's All Star Game:

A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

Every National League position player appeared in the game. 


Cardinals' Carlos Martinez is headed to first All-Star game


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez has earned the final spot on the National League All-Star team, as he was the winner of the Final Vote.

Martinez ends the first half of the season with a 10-3 record and is seventh in the NL with a 2.52 ERA. 

This is the first All-Star selection for the 23-year-old right-hander. 


Cardinals' Carlos Martinez picks up career-best 10th win on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) Cardinals young right-hander Carlos Martinez was excellent against the Pirates on Thursday, as he earned his 10th win of the season. Martinez tossed 7 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out eight in the 4-1 victory.

Martinez (10-3) lowered his ERA to an impressive 2.52 with Thursday's performance. He threw 108 pitches, with 68 going for strikes. 

The 23-year-old has been rolling lately. He hasn't allowed more than three earned runs since May 9, and he has a 1.72 ERA over his last seven starts. He is one of the candidates to be the final man added to the National League All-Star team in Cincinnati. 


NL All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates revealed


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are:

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers; Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers; Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second basemen: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; Joe Panik, Giants
Third basemen: Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Joc Pederson, Dodgers; A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants; A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Jacob deGrom, Mets; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are:

Johnny Cueto, Reds; Jeurys Familia, Mets; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


Cardinals' Carlos Martinez allows one run in no-decision Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez was solid in his start against the Padres on Saturday. Martinez went 6 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on eight hits. He walked two and struck out five, but was left with a no-decision as the Cardinals weren't able to push across the go-ahead run until the eighth inning.

Martinez, who dropped his ERA to 2.70 on Saturday, allowed a fourth-inning solo home run to Yangervis Solarte for the only run the Padres would get on the afternoon. 

Martinez has been quite dominant over recent weeks. Saturday's outing was his 10th consecutive quality start, and he has 70 strikouts over that stretch.


Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez picks up ninth win of season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/29/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez picked up his ninth win of the season on Sunday against the Cubs.

Martinez threw six innings, allowed just two hits and one earned run in a game that featured multiple rain delays. He struck out six batters and walked another three.

Martinez (9-3) has a 2.80 ERA with 100 strikeouts and 39 walks in 93 1/3 innings this season.


Cardinals P Carlos Martinez strikes out nine in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez allowed three earned runs in Tuesay night's 4-3 win over the Marlins. 

Martinez had an impressive outing on the mound as he struck out nine batters in seven innings of work. He gave up eight hits and walked one. After giving up three runs in the first two innings, Martinez held the Marlins scoreless over his next five frames. 

Martinez now has a 2.89 ERA this season. 

His next start is projected for Sunday against the Cubs. 


Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez gives up one earned run in loss


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez took a tough-luck loss on Wednesday. Martinez worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked three and struck out six, but got no support from his offense, as the Cardinals lost to the Twins 3-1. 

Martinez (7-3) gave up both runs in the fourth inning, but was otherwise solid in this outing, in which is ERA actually dropped to 2.80.

"I thought he was good," manager Mike Matheny said, per Fox Sports Midwest. "He kept his composure and kept us in the game. We've got to score some runs."

After a rough start to the season, the young right-hander has allowed a total of six earned runs in 45 1/3 innnigs over his last seven starts.

He's scheduled to make his next start on Tuesday in Miami.


Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez tosses 6 1/3 innings, strikes out four


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez made just one mistake in his team's 4-2 win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

Martinez, who picked up his seventh win of the year, tossed 6 1/3 innings, struck out four batters while allowing just two earned runs. Martinez allowed a two-run home run to Rockies' Ben Paulsen in the seventh inning, but was in command of the game before that.

Martinez (7-2) has a 2.93 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 73 2/3 innings this season.


Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez ends scoreless streak, gets win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez was dominant in the team's 2-1 win over the Dodgers on Friday. The 23-year-old struck out a career-high 11 batters over seven innings. He gave up one run on three hits, while walking four. 

The only run Martinez allowed came on a bases-loaded walk in the second inning. It's the first time the young right-hander allowed a run since May 15, as he saw his scoreless streak end at 21 2/3 innings. Still, it was another impressive performance for Martinez who lowered his ERA to 2.94.

He's scheduled to make his next start Wednesday in Colorado.


Cardinals P Carlos Martinez throws eight strikeouts in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez pitched seven shutout innings in Sunday afternoon's 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

Martinez threw eight strikeouts and three walks while surrendering just one hit. It's the third game in a row where Martinez didn't allow an earned run. He has an ERA of 3.13 for the season, which hascome down quite a bit considering it was at 4.89 on May 9. 

"Maybe one of his best (starts) yet," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said to FOXSports.com. "Just from his first pitch and his last one he turned it up a notch. He was just very consistent with everything he had, had great movement, had great poise."

Martinez's next start is projected for Friday when the Cardinals and Dodgers play each other again. 


Cardinals' Carlos Martinez has seven shutout IP in no-decision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez pitched seven shutout innings Monday. The St. Louis bullpen allowed Arizona to tie the game, however, causing Martinez to settle for a no-decision. 

"Carlos was real good," manager Mike Matheny said, per MLB.com. "Shame we couldn't get him a win for that. But to get through seven and be able to make some tough pitches when he had to, he had some of that consistency today."

Martinez has not allowed a run in his last two starts, spanning 13 1/3 innings. On Sunday, he allowed five hits, walked out two and struck out eight. 

His next start will be Sunday against the Dodgers. 


Cardinals P Carlos Martinez strikes out 5 in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez did not allow an earned run during Wednesday night's 9-0 win over the Mets. 

This was a strong game from Martinez, who previously gave up 16 earned runs over his last three games. Martinez struck out five, walked two and gave up four hits. He now holds an ERA of 4.08 for the season. 

Martinez went 6 1/3 innings in the win and improved his record to 4-2. 

His next start is projected for May 25 against the Diamondbacks. 


Solid sinker means no stinker for Cardinals P Carlos Martinez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez has followed three straight winning starts with three winless ones, but his latest provided encouragement.

Martinez allowed 14 runs on 16 hits in nine innings in losing his previous two outings. His ERA had soared from 1.73 to 4.89. But he could take comfort Friday after a solid effort against dangerous Detroit in which he gave up two runs in five innings and matched a season-high with eight strikeouts.

The difference was his sinker. "I felt a lot better than the last couple times that I threw," Martinez told MLB.com. I felt much better with the sinker. The sinker was working good today in the strike zone and down."

Matheny concurred, but added that Martinez is still simply throwing too many pitches to go deep into games. He threw just 63 percent of his pitches for strikes Friday.

"He just can't average 20 pitches an inning," Matheny said. "It's not going to work out real well for you ... the stuff is there. He looks good. He's just going to have to be more on the plate with it."

He also can't continue giving up home runs. The one blasted by Yoenis Cespedes was the seventh he has allowed in 40 innings - all solo jobs. The rest of the St. Louis rotation has yielded eight in a combined 165 1/3 innings.


Cardinals P Carlos Martinez strikes out eight in Friday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings of work during Friday's 10-4 loss to the Tigers.

Martinez tied his season high with eight strikeouts, but he received the loss for his effort. He also walked two batters and allowed a solo home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the second inning.

Martinez (3-2) had allowed 14 runs in his last two outings before Friday's start. He was able to lower his ERA from 4.89 to 4.73. His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday at the New York Mets.


Cardinals mull six-man rotation, prefer Garcia to Gonzales


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Cardinals are considering moving to a six-man rotation to help battle the loss of ace Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"It’s not something we would rule out," general manager John Mozeliak said Saturday. "It’s something we’ve talked about, but we haven’t decided if that’s the best option for us. It’s something I think a lot about, and I know (manager) Mike (Matheny) and (pitching coach Derek Lilliquist) do too. It’s on the table."

With Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez not being ticketed for 200-inning seasons, the team is considering whether to roll out a six-man rotation or to go with a five-man rotation and periodically skip starts of the two younger pitchers while giving others spot starts in their place. However, a six-man rotation could throw off the routines of Lance Lynn and John Lackey. If the team does opt for a five-man rotation, Jaime Garcia is the preferred long-term option over Marco Gonzales.

"If Jaime is good to go, we’ll try to find a spot in the rotation for him," Mozeliak said. "When he’s been healthy, Jaime has been a very good pitcher."

Garcia is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis Sunday.


Cardinals RHP Carlos Martinez clobbered by Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Promising Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez was rolling merrily along for four starts, but he has been rolling not-so-merrily backward since.

Martinez was mashed in a second straight outing Saturday night in Pittsburgh. He fell behind 3-0, then blew a 5-3 lead. He finished having surrendered seven runs on seven hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

The right-hander allowed a walk, wild pitch and two doubles in a three-run second. He settled down before giving up a solo homer to Neil Walker in the fifth and two walks and a single in the sixth. All three of those baserunners scored, resulting in his first loss in four decisions.

"Sometimes (Martinez) gets feeling good and wants to turn it another gear," Mike Matheny told The Associated Press. "The other gear really doesn't play well for him. Turns into bad counts, turns into walks, turns into runs."

Martinez has yielded 14 runs on 16 hits and 11 walks in his last nine innings pitched. His ERA has zoomed from 1.73 to 4.89. He will try to right the ship next Friday against tough Detroit.