Martinez picked up the save against the Diamondbacks on Monday, giving up no earned runs on one hit over one inning to close out the Cardinals' 9-7 victory. He struck out one and walked none.
Martinez was tasked with protecting a three-run lead after the Diamondbacks started a ninth-inning rally against John Brebbia, and while he allowed one of the runners on base to come around and score, he managed to shut the door and pick up his 24th save of the season. The longtime starter has had some bumps in the road, but he's largely adapted well in his first go-around as the Cardinals' full-time closer, posting a 3.30 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 51:18 K:BB across 46.1 innings.
Martinez pitched a scoreless ninth inning while walking one to get the save in a 9-8 victory over the Cubs on Saturday. He struck out two.
Martinez has now converted 12 straight save chances and has accumulated 23 saves on the campaign. The 28-year-old is 4-2 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 45.1 innings this season.
Martinez recorded the final two outs of the ninth inning while walking one batter to record a save during a 2-1 victory against the Cubs on Friday.
It wasn't a full-inning save, but Martinez bounced back from yielding three runs against the Cubs on Thursday to post his 22nd save of the year. Despite the rough outing, his appearance Thursday didn't count as a blown save, so Martinez has converted 11 straight save chances. He is 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 44.1 innings this season.
Martinez was credited with his third hold in an extra-inning win over the Cubs on Thursday but allowed three earned runs on three hits and a walk over one-third of an inning while also recording one strikeout.
The normally reliable closer didn't have it Thursday, a rare occurrence during what has been a largely stellar stretch of high-leverage work for Martinez. Asked to slam the door in the bottom of the ninth with the Cardinals holding a 4-1 advantage, Martinez got himself into immediate trouble by issuing a leadoff walk to Nicholas Castellanos and a subsequent single to Kris Bryant. A Kyle Schwarber strikeout later, Ben Zobrist laced an RBI double and Willson Contreras immediately followed with a run-scoring single. The multi-run outing was the first on Martinez's ledger since Aug. 18 and also snapped the 11-appearance scoreless streak he'd forged since that outing.
Martinez induced four straight groundouts in a four-out save during a 5-1 victory against the Nationals on Wednesday.
The right-hander entered with two runners aboard and two outs in the eighth, but he quickly induced a groundout to end the frame. He did the same with three ground balls in the ninth. Martinez hasn't struck out any batters in his last two appearances, but owners have hardly anything to complain about, as he's converted 10 straight saves and carries a 10.2-inning scoreless streak. Overall, Martinez is 4-2 with 21 saves, three blown opportunities, a 2.91 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 43.1 innings this season.
Martinez pitched one-third of an inning to record his 20th save in a 4-2 win over the Nationals on Monday.
The Cardinals called upon Martinez with two outs in the ninth inning, and he quickly forced a line-out to nail down his 20th save of the season. This was his first outing after Martinez was hospitalized with asthma. Martinez has a 4-2 record with a 3.00 ERA and 47 strikeouts through 41 appearances this season.
Martinez (illness) will be available Monday, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
Martinez revealed Monday that the illness which sidelined him over the weekend and sent him to the hospital Saturday night was asthma, the first time he's dealt with such a problem. The closer should be called on if a save situation arises Monday against Nationals.
Martinez has been dealing with some respiratory issues and spent Saturday night in the hospital as a result, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.
It was originally reported that Martinez didn't pitch Sunday because he was dealing with the flu. However, manager Mike Shildt told reporters after Sunday's loss to the Brewers that Martinez has a respiratory issue that required a trip to the hospital. Typically, respiratory problems deal with the loss of muscle strength and endurance, which would hinder any athlete's performance in a game. The Cardinals could've used Martinez on Sunday as they went into the ninth inning up 4-3 and let in what would turn out to be a game-winning grand slam by Ryan Braun. The team hopes Martinez's illness is just day-to-day and that he will be available out of the bullpen shortly.
Martinez earned his second hold of the season in the Cardinals' win over the Rockies on Thursday, striking out the only two batters he faced to close out the eighth inning.
Andrew Miller preceded Martinez and was less than sharp to open the frame, issuing a leadoff walk to Nolan Arenado before plunking Charlie Blackmon and then moving both runners up 90 feet with a wild pitch. That prompted manager Mike Shildt to call on his closer with the tying run at the plate in a 6-3 game, and Martinez promptly mowed down Daniel Murphy and Tony Wolters to snuff out the threat. It was a rare non-save situation for Martinez, who could have used the work anyhow after taking the mound only once since Sept. 3 prior to Thursday.
Martinez, who has converted 17 of 18 save opportunities as the closer since Jordan Hicks (elbow) was sidelined, is expected to have an opportunity to compete for a rotation spot in spring training, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander's pitch arsenal has proven to be effective in late-inning, high-leverage situations, and Rogers reports that Martinez does enjoy filling the closer's role for now. However, working as a starter apparently remains his preference, as Martinez has continued to express a desire to have an opportunity to return to the rotation next season. The scenario shapes up as an interesting one for the Cardinals, given that Hicks isn't slated for a return until midseason in 2020, at the earliest. Therefore, if Martinez were to succeed in his bid to return to starting, alternative options such as Andrew Miller, John Gant and/or Giovanny Gallegos would likely be given run in the ninth inning for multiple months to open the campaign.
Martinez pitched a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to record a save during a 2-0 victory against the Pirates on Sunday.
The 27-year-old's ERA still sits north of 3.00, but he's been rather stellar lately, converting eight straight save opportunities and posting a 1.50 ERA in his last 12 appearances. He's given up just one hit over his last 5.1 frames. Martinez is 4-2 with 19 saves, a 3.07 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 41 innings this season.
Martinez gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to record his 18th save of the season in a 1-0 win over the Giants.
The right-hander has now strung together seven straight scoreless appearances, posting an 11:3 K:BB through 7.1 innings over that stretch, and he hasn't blown a save in almost a month. Martinez now sports a 3.15 ERA and 44:15 K:BB through 40 innings on the year, and he'll need to stay locked in down the stretch if the Cards are going to secure another NL Central crown.
Martinez struck out two with no walks through 1.1 scoreless and hitless innings to record his 17th save in a 3-1 win over the Giants on Monday.
The Cardinals turned to Martinez with a runner on in the eighth inning, and he quickly delivered a strikeout to get out of the frame and shut down the Giants in the ninth inning to nail down the save. The 27-year-old has a 3.23 ERA with a 3.07 FIP in 39 innings this season.
Martinez allowed two walks and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Rockies.
Martinez was called upon to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning. While he struck out the first batter he faced, he made things interesting by surrendering free passes to the next two batters he faced before ultimately closing the door. It was a bounceback effort for Martinez, as he had allowed two earned runs on three hits in his previous outing -- though he still escaped with a save in that instance as well. For the season, he's managed a 3.74 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 35 punchouts and 15 saves across 33.2 innings.
Martinez recorded the save Sunday despite allowing two runs on three hits while striking out two over one inning against the Reds.
Martinez surrendered three straight hits to open the ninth inning, but he managed to settle down by inducing a flyout followed by a pair of punchouts to end the ballgame. Entering the day, the 27-year-old had given up just one run over his last seven outings (six innings), so Sunday's performance was uncharacteristic of the right-hander.
Martinez got the save against the Royals on Tuesday, working around a hit to record two outs and close out the Cardinals' 2-0 victory. He didn't record a walk or a strikeout.
Martinez allowed a base hit after entering with one out in the ninth inning, but he made sure it didn't matter, coming back to record a two-out save for his 13th of the season in 16 opportunities. The right-hander's 3.41 ERA and 1.26 WHIP still aren't at the level of a truly elite closer, but he seems to have a comfortable grasp on the role, and has now yielded just one earned run over his last seven appearances.
Martinez recorded the final two outs to post his 12th save of the season in a 3-1 victory over the Pirates on Saturday.
He needed just six pitches to do it too, as he induced a lineout and popout. Martinez has seen his ERA rise more than half a run over his last 11 outings, but he's converted 10 of his most recent 11 save opportunities. Martinez is 3-2 with 12 saves, a 3.48 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 31 innings this season.
Martinez (3-2) was credited with the victory in a win over the Pirates on Friday, firing 1.1 scoreless innings during which he walked one and didn't allow any hits.
Martinez needed just 18 pitches (11 strikes) to get his four outs. The right-hander experienced a hiccup in his prior appearance against the Dodgers on Wednesday, but Friday represented his fourth scoreless effort in his last five trips to the mound. Martinez has accumulated two saves and this win over that span, and he projects to continue serving as the primary closer for the balance of the season.
Martinez (2-2) took the loss Wednesday as the Cardinals fell 2-1 to the Dodgers, striking out one and giving up one run on two hits in the ninth inning -- including a walkoff single by Russell Martin.
The right-hander entered the game in the ninth inning with a runner on first base and one out trying to protect a 1-0 lead, and instead Martinez blew his third save in 14 chances. He now has a 6.30 ERA in 10 innings to begin the second half, but the blown save was his first since June 19 and there's been little indication his job security as closer is on shaky ground.
Martinez picked up the save against the Cubs on Tuesday, throwing 1.1 innings without allowing a baserunner to close out the Cardinals' 2-1 victory. He recorded three strikeouts.
Martinez has been erratic at times since assuming the closer role, but he's settled down of late, as he's yielded just one earned run over his last five appearances, recording four saves over that time to give him 11 on the season in 13 opportunities. The solid run is an encouraging sign he's growing into the role, but he does remain a trade candidate that the Cardinals could wind up dealing before the deadline.
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