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18 Carlos Martinez RP

St. Louis Cardinals

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July 23, 2019 02:44 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Barely converts ninth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 21, 2019 07:28 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Registers eighth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 20, 2019 12:36 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Escapes with seventh save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 17, 2019 06:44 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Posts sixth save despite run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 15, 2019 12:16 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Records fifth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 14, 2019 02:52 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Dominant in fourth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 6, 2019 01:44 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Picks up third save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 1, 2019 02:52 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Nabs win in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 26, 2019 02:48 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Could work two innings on occasion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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."

June 25, 2019 02:48 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: New primary closer?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 20, 2019 03:52 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: No move to rotation planned
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 17, 2019 12:56 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Records second save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 2, 2019 06:28 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Notches first save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 31, 2019 02:12 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Mixed bag in bullpen role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 24, 2019 01:12 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Not expected to start this year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 18, 2019 08:48 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Back from injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Friday's game against Texas, Rob Rains of 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.

May 16, 2019 05:52 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Expected back Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (shoulder) will be activated from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Jenifer Langosch of 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.

May 15, 2019 03:12 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Tosses two innings Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 15, 2019 01:00 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Activation potentially imminent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

May 13, 2019 12:56 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Dominates in latest rehab
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Situational Stats
vs Pittsburgh 3.001 12.00211
vs LHB 10.200 5.910610
vs RHB 15.000 2.400516
Last 7 Games
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Pitching Stats
2013STL21 5.082110011 28.131161613924
2014STL24 4.035770016 89.1904140443684
2015STL147 3.0131290000 179.2168656013863184
2016STL169 3.0431310000 195.11696866151170174
2017STL1211 3.6432322200 205.0179938327871217
2018STL86 3.1133180055 118.2100484151160117
2019STL21 3.8623000911 25.2231211221126
Total 5639 3.39228118221623 842.07603433176747320826
Batting Stats
2013STL21200000100 .000 .000 .000
2014STL571203020400 .250 .250 .250
2015STL3256280012300 .172 .179 .143
2016STL33595140601300 .246 .254 .237
2017STL346251101111900 .203 .226 .177
2018STL3433181401100 .235 .394 .242
2019STL23000000000 --- --- ---
Total 234224134412327100 .212 .246 .196
Fielding Stats
2014STLP57735112312 .971
2015STLP312946182623 .957
2016STLP313145251733 .933
2017STLP323228121244 .857
2018STLP33183081933 .900
2019STLP23094410 .889
Total  228118200821041416 .930
More Pitching Stats
2013STL13522 1.7311000 .282124 13.7 .3550
2014STL810369 1.5753018 .266386 13.1 .3705
2015STL5213119 1.9525218 .250755 12.0 .3670
2016STL1246139 2.01123008 .233809 11.5 .3330
2017STL3227155 1.6044009 .232858 11.3 .3910
2018STL4128105 1.3560005 .228521 13.0 .3140
2019STL13513 3.0000000 .242110 12.6 .3372
Total 23987622 1.7530162238 .2413563 12.0 .3577
Postseason Pitching Stats
2013STL01 3.551200000 12.275501311
2014STL00 2.25400000 4.03110042
Total 01 3.241600000 16.2106601713
Minor League Pitching Stats
2010R-Dsl Cardinals32 0.761212100 59.02885161478
2011AFX-Quad Cities River Ba32 2.3788000 38.0271010141450
2011AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals33 5.281010000 46.0493127263048
2012AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals22 3.0077000 33.0291211061034
2012AA-Springfield Cardinal43 2.901514000 71.1622723662258
2013AAA-Memphis Redbirds53 2.511313000 68.0542219362763
2013AA-Springfield Cardinal10 2.3133000 11.211331119
2014AAA-Memphis Redbirds10 0.0022000 10.16000017

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