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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%: 92/65 | Average Draft Position: 183.94
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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."


Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez goes three scoreless innings


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez was able to throw three scoreless innings Saturday. It was a bounce back performance for Martinez, who struggled in his last appearance, giving up five runs. Martinez is in wait-and-see mode as the final roster cut downs get closer and closer, reports MLB.com.

"They haven't talked to me about it. My goal is to help the team. But my mentality right now is as a starter," Martinez said through an interpreter. "It's up to them, the manager and the front office, to decide that. My idea is to help the team in any position they put me. But, as I mentioned, my mentality is to be a starter."

Matheny understands the difficult position Martinez is in.

"I'll say that for any of these guys that don't achieve what they're trying to achieve and what they work all winter for, what they're dreaming about and their aspirations in this game, I think they all have a sense of disappointment about not being where they want to be," Matheny said. "But I don't think it lasts very long for guys who go about it the right way. And I think he understands, if we get specifically to Carlos, where we are right now. We've been very honest with him. Just go out and pitch and we're going to try to do what's best for the team. Don't get too distracted by all the scenarios, even though we know they need to be talked about."


Cardinals' Carlos Martinez slammed in Sunday's spring start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez struggled Sunday, allowing five earned runs on four hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings while striking out one in his team's tie with the Twins.

Martinez came into the game with just one earned run allowed in 4 2/3 innings, but Sunday's dud gives him a 6.75 ERA in eight innings. He's competing for the fifth spot in the rotation this spring.

"Carlos also had two extremely impressive outings, and this one wasn't as bad as it looked," manager Mike Matheny said. "The door's open. It's just competition. We're truly trying to watch with an open mind to see what looks the best. Obviously we have a lot of games left, a long way to go to get everybody there."


Cardinals' Carlos Martinez dominates in early start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez dominated on Thursday against the Marlins.

Martinez tossed two perfect innings, striking out three batters in the process. The 23-year-old is considered a strong favorite for the fifth spot in the rotation, but must beat out Jaime Garcia and Marco Gonzales for the role. 

Following the start, Martinez said throwing strikes was his main goal. "I tried to focus on every pitch and be on the zone," Martinez said. "That's basically my main focus right now, to concentrate on the strike zone. That's how I want to work until the end."

Martinez posted a 4.03 ERA over 89 1/3 innings last season. 


Cardinals' Carlos Martinez to pitch on Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez will get the start on Thursday against the Marlins, according to MLB.com.

Martinez is expected to throw around 40 pitches during the start. The club is hoping Martinez goes two innings. Martinez prepared for the start by throwing two simulated innings against the Cardinals on Monday. Martinez, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, said he just needs to go out and perform. 

"I need to go out and perform," he said. "I'm going to keep focused and have the same mentality to do my best even though it's the first [start]. Every time I take the mound, I'm going to feel like it's the last one."

Martinez, 23, posted a 4.03 ERA over 89 1/3 innings last year. 


Cardinals' Martinez hoping maturity helps him earn a spot


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is hoping his maturity will help him win a spot in the team's rotation, according to the Associated Press.

The 23-year-old Martinez has already been the talk of camp, and it has nothing to do with his pitching. "A year ago you'd just see a kid bounding around here. It's amazing the transformation," manager Mike Matheny said. "In general there's a whole different demeanor to him."

Martinez believes there's a reason for that. After getting some time in the rotation last year, Martinez pitched well in winter ball during the offseason. He believes that experience will help him this season. "What I want to let everyone know is that I do have a little more experience, and with experience comes a little maturity," he said. "I hope to build off of that."

Martinez seems to be the favorite for the team's fifth starter job, but he'll have to perform in order to win that role. "He's going to be given a lot of opportunities to win that spot, but he has to earn it," general manager John Mozeliak said.

Martinez posted a 4.03 ERA over 89 1/3 innings last year. 


Cardinals to discuss innings workload for Carlos Martinez


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez, who is set to compete for a spot in the rotation this spring, showed up to the team's spring-training complex Monday morning to find his locker moved next to veteran catcher Yadier Molina.

The move was made at the suggestion of Molina, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"I thought it was a great idea," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Yadi is excited to have Carlos near him. Carlos is going to be the recipient of baseball talk."

While players aren't required to report to camp until later this week, Martinez is one of more than 20 Cardinals to report early, and most are participating in voluntary workouts. He finds himself battling for a rotation spot after spending much of his time with the major-league club in the bullpen, and Molina is primed to help him reach his goal.

"I’m going to have help from him, and it’s important I feel more comfortable around him now," Martinez said through a team official who assisted as translator. "It’s huge. I know I’m going to get a lot of advice."

Matheny said the team will meet later this week to discuss Martinez's workload in 2015. He threw 99 2/3 innings in 2014, with 50 of his 59 appearances coming in relief.

"We’re toying with the expected workload," Matheny said. "But first things first. He’s got to come in and win a job. He won’t have anything given to him."

In his most recent stint exclusively as a starter, Martinez went 5-3 with a 2.51 ERA and 63:27 K:BB ratio in 68 innings over 13 Triple-A starts in 2013. His competition this spring should include Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia.