Martinez allowed one run on three hits during the 10th inning while earning his ninth save of the season in a 6-5 victory against the Pirates on Monday.
It looked like the Cardinals weren't going to have to use Martinez in this one after they took a four-run lead in the top of the 10th following a grand slam, but the Pirates mounted a furious comeback in the bottom of the frame. Martinez yielded three hits and really only got one batter out -- the Pirates committed an out on a sacrifice bunt attempt and another on a runner thrown out at the plate. Martinez allowed a homer on the first pitch he threw too, but it still goes down as a save. He owns a 2-1 record and is 9-for-11 in save chances with a 3.86 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 25.2 innings this season.
Martinez picked up the save after allowing a walk and striking out one over a scoreless inning Sunday against the Reds.
Martinez retired the first two batters of the inning before issuing a walk. He then managed to end the contest with a strikeout. Martinez has struggled of late (five runs allowed over his last four appearances), so it was good to see him get back on track with a scoreless frame Sunday.
Martinez gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in an inning of relief Friday, striking out two, to record his seventh save of the season in a 12-11 win over the Reds.
He entered the game in the ninth inning to protect a three-run lead and needed every bit of that cushion, loading the bases with two outs and then serving up a two-run single to Jesse Winker, before Martinez finally got Joey Votto to ground out. The right-hander has yet to actually blow any of his five save chances since Jordan Hicks (elbow) was lost for the season, but Martinez has been scored upon in three straight appearances and has now posted a 7.50 ERA through six innings in July, giving him questionable job security in the closer role.
Martinez allowed one run on three hits with a strikeout during the ninth inning to earn a save in a 6-5 victory against the Pirates on Wednesday.
The veteran allowed three singles, but he induced a groundout with the tying run at third base. He is 6-for-8 in save opportunities with a 3.18 ERA. Martinez is also 2-1 with a 1.15 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 22.2 innings this season.
Martinez allowed one walk through 0.1 innings to record his fifth save in a 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Martinez entered the game with two outs in the ninth inning and two runners on base. The 27-year-old walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, but he forced a flyout to nail down his fifth save of the season. Martinez has saves in his last three appearances and hasn't allowed a run with a 4:1 K:BB in that span.
Martinez struck out three over 1.1 perfect innings to record his fourth save of the season in a 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
The 27-year-old continues to thrive at the back of the Cards' bullpen. Since the beginning of June, Martinez has a 1.26 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 17:2 K:BB over 14.1 innings, recording two wins and converting four of five save chances. Barring a trade deadline addition, expect him to man the closer role the rest of the season.
Martinez picked up the save against the Mariners on Thursday, working around a hit to toss a scoreless ninth inning and close out the Cardinals' 5-4 victory. He struck out one and walked none.
It was the third save of the year for the right-hander, who has assumed the closer role with Jordan Hicks out for the season with a UCL tear. Martinez has posted a 2.37 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 19:6 K:BB over his 19 innings and should continue to soak up most of the save opportunities during the second half of the season.
Martinez (2-0) was credited with the win in an extra-innings victory over the Padres on Sunday, recording four strikeouts while allowing a hit and a walk over 2.2 scoreless innings.
Martinez's ability to work multiple innings was invaluable Sunday, as the former starter threw a total of 41 pitches while preserving some of his bullpen mates' arms on a busy day for the relief corps overall. The right-hander was recently named the primary closer in the wake of Jordan Hicks' season-ending UCL tear, and it was announced at the time that he would likely get the occasional extended save opportunity. Martinez actually entered Sunday's game with the score knotted at 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth and ultimately served as a bridge into extra innings. The outing was Martinez's first taste of action since June 21, as the Cardinals' general inability to muster offense lately hasn't created save chances.
Martinez, who is expected to take over primary closer duties in the wake of Jordan Hicks' season-ending UCL tear, could occasionally work two innings in that role, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The long-tenured starter began a transition to the bullpen last season following shoulder problems, and he's exclusively worked as a reliever at the big-league level during his truncated 2019 campaign as well. President of baseball operations John Mozeliak notes the possibility of Martinez returning to a starting role in 2020 exists, so there's an interest in stretching out the right-hander to a certain extent. As for the immediate future, manager Mike Shildt feels Martinez has both the physical and mental makeup to handle late-inning, high-leverage situations consistently. "Carlos is the guy for the natural progression for it," Shildt said. "It's not foreign to him. He's clearly capable of doing it. He's built for it, not only in his competitive spirit and his desire to seek big moments but in his ability to execute his pitches."
Martinez is expected to take over "most of the closer duties" for the Cardinals, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
President of baseball operations John Mozeliak was asked Sunday on MLB Network Radio if John Gant would step into the closer role in place of Jordan Hicks (elbow). "Oh I would think so, yeah," Mozeliak said. "He's finished games for us in the past and we have a lot of confidence in him." A fair number of people interpreted that as Gant being named the replacement closer, but not so fast. It's manager Mike Shildt's call, and it seems Shildt prefers Martinez, who had a successful run as the team's closer last September (5-for-5 in saves). Gant has had a good season but was rocked for four runs over one-third of an inning in his most recent appearance.
Manager Mike Shildt said Wednesday that the Cardinals don't currently have any plans for Martinez to build up his arm in preparation for a return to the rotation, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "Carlos Martinez...the 2013 version? Sure. But we're in 2019. Different circumstances," Shildt said. "I can't say [a move to the rotation] will absolutely not happen. I'll never rule it out, but it's not in the forefront of my mentality."
When he returned from the 10-day injured list May 17, Martinez was hopeful to transition from the bullpen into the rotation after the All-Star break, but the right-hander's shoulder issues over the past two seasons may be a factor in the Cardinals' reluctance to explore a role change. In just over a month back with the big club, Martinez has already emerged as a key late-inning weapon for St. Louis, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 12 appearances while collecting two saves and a hold.
Martinez pitched two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth while allowing one hit and striking out two batters to earn a save during a 4-3 victory against the Mets on Sunday.
Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks hasn't pitched since Thursday, but after Martinez threw 14 pitches in the eighth Sunday, the Cardinals elected to stick with him for the ninth. While he does have two successful saves in his last four outings, Martinez has allowed four earned runs in his last eight appearances. He is 1-0 with two saves, 3.09 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 11 strikeouts in 11.2 innings this season.
Martinez tossed a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his first save of the season in a 7-4 win over the Cubs.
Jordan Hicks worked two innings the night before, and Cards manager Mike Shildt used the opportunity to give Martinez some high-leverage work. The right-hander hasn't been particularly sharp in a relief role since coming off the IL, posting a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 5:4 K:BB through seven innings, but he's averaging 96.5 mph -- nearly three ticks better than last year's velocity -- and should settle in as one of the team's top setup options.
Martinez, who allowed two earned runs on a hit and two walks while also recording a strikeout over an inning in a win over the Phillies on Thursday , has a 5.40 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP and one hold over his first six relief appearances of the season.
Martinez is working as a full-time reliever since his mid-May activation from a shoulder injury, and although the aforementioned numbers are ugly, they are a tad misleading. The 27-year-old right-hander has actually generated scoreless efforts in four of his six trips to the mound, and he hasn't allowed a hit in three of them. Manager Mike Shildt has yet to deploy Martinez in a multi-inning capacity, which is one of the advantages of utilizing the former starter in a bullpen role. However, he has afforded Martinez steady work, as his six outings have come over a 13-day period.
Martinez is not expected to be a rotation candidate at any point this season, manager Mike Shildt told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Friday.
Shildt did frame the statement with "as of right now," so plans could change, but the Cardinals' current intention appears to be to have Martinez remain a reliever for the rest of the season. He hasn't given up a run in his three relief appearances since returning from a shoulder injury in mid-May, but his path to broader fantasy relevance at this point probably involves an injury to closer Jordan Hicks, unless the Cardinals change their minds about his Martinez's future as a starter.
Martinez (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Friday's game against Texas, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
Martinez wasn't expected back until Saturday, but the team evidently feels confident enough in his health to bring him back in time for Friday's showdown. The right-hander has yet to pitch in the big leagues this season due to a right shoulder strain, though he mowed hitters down during his minor-league rehab stint. Martinez will be utilized out of the bullpen to start with, but a return to the starting rotation at some point isn't completely out of the question.
Martinez (shoulder) will be activated from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Martinez was cleared to return after being examined by the team's medical staff in St. Louis. The right-hander completed a five-game rehab stint across three minor-league affiliates, allowing just one run while striking out six across 6.2 innings. He'll start out in the bullpen, though Martinez said he's hoping to rejoin the starting rotation at some point after the All-Star break, if the Cardinals allow it.
Martinez (shoulder) allowed one run on four hits and one hit batter in two innings for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.
Martinez only needed 20 pitches (14 strikes) to record six outs thanks to a pair of double plays. Assuming the right-hander checks out OK in the coming days, he could be activated from the injured list for the team's weekend series against the Rangers. Martinez is expected to work out of the bullpen upon rejoining the Cardinals, though according to Hayes, he's hoping to return to a starting role sometime after the All-Star break, if the Cardinals allow it.
Martinez (shoulder) will make a rehab appearance for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and could be activated from the injured list during the team's upcoming weekend series against the Rangers, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Martinez is slated to exceed the 30-pitch mark for a second straight rehab appearance Wednesday. If the right-hander emerges without setbacks, there's reportedly a solid chance he'll be activated in the coming days. Martinez has yet to allow a run over 4.2 minor-league innings across four rehab appearances and has recorded six strikeouts over that span.
Martinez (shoulder) worked 1.2 scoreless innings in Triple-A Memphis' win over Nashville on Sunday, allowing two walks and recording three strikeouts.
The right-hander continues to largely cruise through his minor-league outings, with Sunday's serving as his longest thus far. Martinez worked up to 32 pitches Sunday, and he's slated to be back on the hill Wednesday for Double-A Springfield, when he's expected to exceed the 30-pitch mark once again.
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