Martes was pulled after just two innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Sunday. He allowed two earned runs, struck out three and walked four. The rookie didn't fare well in his third career start, delivering a whopping 63 pitches (34 strikes) before departing after retiring just six batters. However, Martes avoided the loss thanks to a four-run fourth inning by the Astros and a trio of homers by George Springer, Yulieski Gurriel and Evan Gattis. His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Yankees.
Martes will start Sunday against the Mariners, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Brad Peacock's placement on the paternity list opens the door for Martes to make his third career start at the major-league level. He will be on normal rest, having tossed 5.2 innings of three-run ball against the A's on Tuesday. He's shown an ability to miss bats, but Martes has battled control issues at the upper levels, and he may head to the bullpen or back to the minors once Peacock returns.
Martes (2-0) surrendered three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four over 5.2 innings during Tuesday's 8-4 win over the Athletics. Martes didn't have his best stuff Tuesday, but was fortunate to be afforded a 5-0 lead before he even stepped on the rubber in the bottom of the first. Although his second major-league start wasn't as encouraging as his first, the 21-year-old was still able to grind through 5.2 innings on 75 pitches to put his team in line for the win. With Lance McCullers (back) and Dallas Keuchel (neck) set to come off the disabled list in the near future, Martes could soon find himself out of a big-league rotation spot.
Martes (1-0) allowed just a single run on three hits over five innings in his inaugural major-league start Wednesday against Texas. He struck out seven, walked two, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. While he was inefficient and uneven at times, this still rates as a major positive for Martes, who gave up four runs over 3.2 innings in his MLB debut as a reliever last week. Unfortunately, Martes' returns in the minors have been far less than impressive -- his 5.57 ERA and 2.15 WHIP (yikes) at Triple-A Fresno don't portend sustained major-league success, regardless of how good he was in Double-A last season.
Martes will make his first big-league start Wednesday against the Rangers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Martes allowed four runs in 3.2 innings during his big-league debut Friday, but with Lance McCullers (back) landing on the disabled list, the pitching prospect will be thrown into starting duty. The 21-year-old made eight starts at Triple-A prior to his call-up, amassing a 5.57 ERA and a 10.7 K/9. He'll face off with Texas right-hander Andrew Cashner in his inaugural start at Minute Maid Park.
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