Martinez (10-9) allowed three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four over seven innings to earn the win Friday against the Pirates. Martinez gave up a pair of solo homers in the first two innings but was strong after that, while the offense gave him plenty of support to lead him to his 10th victory of the year. He's won three straight decisions, and his 3.57 ERA is pretty indicative of what he provides fantasy owners in the majority of his starts. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Padres.
Martinez (9-9) struck out seven with one walk and three runs allowed during a six-inning effort in a win against Atlanta on Saturday. It was the second straight decision that went Martinez's way, and the fourth straight start in which he struck out at least seven batters. Martinez has only walked one batter in his last two starts, a good sign that he has started to get a better grasp on his control issues that saw him walk 11 batters in 29 innings in July.
Martinez (8-9) allowed two runs on six hits while striking out seven batters through eight innings during Monday's win over Kansas City. After a sterling start to the season, Martinez had posted a disappointing 5.82 ERA through his previous six outings, so Monday's showing was a welcome rebound. One good outing doesn't necessarily mean his slump is over, but with a 3.52 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 9.6 K/9 for the campaign, Martinez should still be viewed as a go-to fantasy asset in all settings. He projects to start against the Braves at Busch Stadium next.
Martinez (7-9) allowed three runs on four hits and five walks over five innings while striking out seven in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Brewers. He labored through 102 pitches (only 55 strikes), but after coughing up three runs in the first inning Martinez kept the Brewers off the board and gave the Cards a chance to rally. The right-hander has now won only once in his last eight starts, posting a 5.09 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 44:21 K:BB in 46 innings over that stretch. He'll next take the mound Monday on the road in Kansas City.
Martinez (7-8) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings in Wednesday's 10-5 win over the Rockies. He struck out eight. July has been a tough month for the right-hander, as Martinez posted a 5.90 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 2.2 HR/9 and 23:11 K:BB in 29 innings over five starts. He'll look for a fresh start in August in his next outing Tuesday on the road against the Brewers.
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