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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%: 97/83 | Average Draft Position: 183.77
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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.


Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez on Monday's start: 'I was anxious'


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Monday's game against the Cubs was no certainly picnic for Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez. The young right-hander, making his fifth start of the season, surrendered seven runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. After the game, Martinez admitted to not being at his best from the start of the evening.

"In the beginning, I was anxious," Martinez said, speaking through a translator, per MLB.com. "Then the second, third inning, I tried to slow down a little bit and felt better. I need to be better the next time I pitch."

As it would turn out, Martinez gave up five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked to be comfortable on the mound.

"He was a little too amped up for the game," catcher Tony Cruz said. "He didn't get a couple calls [from home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck] that he thought [he should have]. But it happens. He's a young guy. He really wanted to go out there and show what he has."

Martinez will look to rebound in his next scheduled start, Saturday against the Pirates. 


Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez tagged for seven runs in no decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez allowed seven runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings of work in St. Louis' 10-9 win over the Cubs on Monday, but didn't factor into the decision.

Martinez was knocked around early and often, getting touched up for five runs on four hits in the first inning, all on singles and walks. Then in the second, Martinez, surrendered a solo shot to Anthony Rizzo. Martinez would get tagged for another run in the fourth on a Miguel Montero double before getting the hook.

Martinez, who remains 3-0, moved his ERA to 3.64 in 29 2/3 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Saturday against the Pirates.


Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez allows two runs in win Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez allowed two runs on six hits in six innings of work in St. Louis' 5-2 win over the Phillies Wednesday.

Martinez cruised through the first three innings, allowing just three hits. Then in the fourth, Martinez surrendered a solo home run to Ryan Howard over the right field wall. Then in the fifth with runners on second and third, Odubel Herrera singled to right to bring home another run.

Martinez, now 3-0, lowered his ERA to 1.73 in 26 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Monday against the Cubs.


Cards starter Carlos Martinez throws eight scoreless on Friday for win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez (2-0) allowed no runs on four hits and struck out eight in seven innings on Friday to defeat the Brewers.

Martinez has now allowed just three runs in 20 innings (1.35 ERA) this season.

Martinez's next start is set for Wednesday against the Phillies.

Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez earns first win of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez worked six strong innings in St. Louis' 5-2 win over the Reds Saturday. Martinez allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts in the outing.

His only mistake of the day came in the fifth inning when he allowed a lead off home run to Zack Cozart. He set the next three batters down in order. 

"He seems to have a pretty good feel for the changeup and the breaking ball, to kind of put a little more on, take a little off," manager Mike Matheny said to FOXSports.com. "That's something you don't necessarily teach. It's just a feel."

He will look to keep things rolling Friday against the Brewers.


Cardinals' Carlos Martinez strikes out eight vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez didn't factor into the decision in his first start of the season Sunday, surrendering two earned runs on four hits and two walks in six innings while striking out eight in his team's 7-5, 11-inning win over the Reds.

Martinez was making his second appearance of the season, as he was used in a relief capacity on Opening Night one week ago. He was mostly dominant in Sunday's start, though he did serve up solo home runs in the second and fifth innings.

Martinez is slated to face the Reds again Saturday.


Cardinals plan to limit innings for Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Since Michael Wacha had shoulder problems in 2014 and Carlos Martinez has never thrown more than 150 innings in his career, the Cardinals are expecting to limit both starting pitchers at some point this season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We have some numbers in mind, but not early on,” manager Mike Matheny said. “I think you’ve got to wait and see where things are leading. If they’re throwing high volume, we’ll worry about that down the road, and we can use the All-Star break or we can use some of our off days to change things. This isn’t something where we need to start holding them back now. I don’t think that’s a great idea. But we don’t need to push.”

Martinez has never thrown more than 120 1/3 innings in one season. General manager John Mozeliak indicated Martinez might be limited to around 150 innings this season.

“Getting in that range would be a fair question," he said.


Cubs, Cardinals postponed Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Tuesday's game between the Cubs and Cardinals has been postponed due to the forecast of rain and sub-freezing wind chills throughout the evening, the Cubs announced.

A makeup date for Tuesday's postponement has yet to be scheduled, but it is likely to come in July or September rather than this week. Jake Arrieta and Lance Lynn were the scheduled starters for Tuesday's matchup.

Lynn has been named the starter for Wednesday's series finale against the Cubs. The Cardinals will keep the rotation in line moving forward, with John Lackey, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez on tap to face the Reds this weekend. Adam Wainwright is now scheduled to take the mound for the team's home opener Monday against the Brewers.


Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez still on track for Saturday start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez is on track to throw a bullpen session Tuesday or Wednesday after throwing 20 pitches in relief during Sunday's opener against the Cubs, per MLB.com. 

Martinez needed the extra work Sunday since his last spring appearance was Wednesday. He is still on track for his season debut Saturday against the Reds.


Cardinals' Carlos Martinez throws six scoreless in final spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez threw very well in his final Grapefruit League start Wednesday against the Mets. The right-hander threw six scoreless innings, allowing three hits (all singles) and one walk. He struck out five in a 5-4 win. 

"He was in a really good place today," manager Mike Matheny said after the outing, per MLB.com. "This was one of those that you just hope they put away and remember whatever it takes to get you back there. That was a good rhythm. That was a good mound presence. That was good preparation. Everything he did, let's repeat it."

Martinez finishes the spring with a 2.86 ERA in six outings (five starts). He allowed just one run over his final three outings (14 innings).

Martinez will make his first start of the season April 11 against the Reds.


Cardinals finalize rotation plans for start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Cardinals announced Wednesday starting pitcher Lance Lynn will start the second game of the season on April 7 against the Cubs. It was already previously announced Adam Wainwright would start the season opener Sunday against the Cubs.

John Lackey will then finish out the Chicago series April 8. Michael Wacha will open a three-game series April 10 at Cincinnati, and he will be followed by Carlos Martinez before the rotation resets. 

Lynn is on track to start the home opener on April 13 against the Brewers.


Cardinals' Martinez edges out Gonzales for final spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Monday starting pitcher Carlos Martinez has beaten out Marco Gonzales for the final spot in the rotation. Gonzales will be in the rotation at Triple-A Memphis.

Martinez is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA in five spring outings (four starts). He also struck out 16 batters and walked five in 16 innings.

Gonzales had a pretty solid spring, going 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA in five outings (four starts). Although, he did have some control issues, walking seven batters in 17 1/3 innings. He had nine strikeouts.

"Marco needs to stay on point because if anything happens between now and the beginning of our season, he's a guy that we have all the faith in the world and believe that he's going to be a good pitcher for a long time," Matheny said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He had a disadvantage going into this from the beginning. And we knew that. For now, we believe that Carlos is our guy to start that fifth game for us."


Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez not worried about role on staff


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez gave up just one run on five hits in five innings of work Friday against the Nationals. Martinez, who is competing for the final spot in St. Louis' starting rotation, has allowed just seven runs in 16 innings of work.

"I've been working hard," Martinez said through an interpreter to MLB.com. "Some of the outings haven't gone as good as I've wanted to, but I'm just trying to learn from that and get better every day."

Martinez is still focused on earning a starting spot.

"Right now I'm fighting to be a starter," Martinez said. "But if they call me into the bullpen I'm going to be ready for the team. I just want to help the team win, and I'm going to be ready when my name gets called."