Carlos Martinez delivers an all-time weird performance against the Yankees

Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez started in the Bronx against the Yankees on Saturday, and it went well. It also went badly. Mostly, it went weirdly.

Here, let Martinez's line-score do the talking:

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Carlos Martinez STL • SP • 18
vs. NYY

All right. To summarize, 11 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings is good, eight walks over that same span is bad, and all of it taken together is weird.

The Yankees managed to swing at enough balls to put three runs on the board, and it would be enough for them to take home a 3-2 win when all was said and done.

For "writ small" purposes, consider C-Mart's especially weird first inning on Saturday:

Stated another way, the entire Yankee lineup batted in the first inning without putting a ball in play.

As for Martinez's day on the whole:

So at least he's in good company. The thing about having electric stuff, which is certainly what Martinez has, is that it's sometimes hard to harness. When it's both nasty and lacking command, you get days like Martinez's -- lots of walks and lots of helpless batters. 

It's also worth noting that Martinez, who recently signed a $51 million contract extension with St. Louis, got knocked around by the Reds in his previous start. In that one, though, he walked only one, so his Saturday struggles were of a different flavor.

Weird, is what they were. We may have already said that. 

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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