10DCarlos Martínez
RP STL
Tue 8/4/20 5:09 PM1 Comment

Martinez was placed on the 10-day injured list for an undisclosed reason Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals gave no reasoning for placing Martinez on the injured list, but the transaction comes as the team deals with a COVID-19 outbreak among several players and staff members. It's unclear how much time the right-hander will miss, and a replacement for his spot in the rotation hasn't been named. John Gant, Austin Gomber and Jake Woodford have past experience as starters and could be candidates to take Martinez's place.

10DCarlos Martínez
RP STL
Tue 7/28/20 11:50 PM

Martinez (0-1) took the loss Tuesday as the Cardinals were dropped 6-3 by the Twins, surrendering six runs on seven hits and a walk over 3.2 innings. He struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

Two of the hits off Martinez left the yard, including the Josh Donaldson blast in the fourth inning that chased him from the game. The right-hander threw 73 pitches (49 strikes) so he at least got a decent workload in, but the performance wasn't exactly a vote of confidence in the decision to keep Martinez in the rotation rather than move him back into the bullpen.

10DCarlos Martínez
RP STL
Sat 7/25/20 2:47 PM

Martinez will start Tuesday's game on the road against the Twins, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez was dominant in his final tuneup in an exhibition game against the Royals. The right-hander will rejoin the Cardinals' rotation after serving as the closer last season, when he converted 24 of 27 save chances with a 3.17 ERA over 48.1 innings.

10DCarlos Martínez
RP STL
Thu 7/23/20 12:51 PM

Martinez fired four innings in an exhibition victory over the Royals on Wednesday, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while recording two strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez came on in relief of Miles Mikolas in what he expects to be his last appearance out of the bullpen in 2020 if all goes as planned. Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports that after the game, the newly minted rotation member expressed anticipation about his long-awaited return to starting following his stint as a closer in the latter portion of last season. "I got a lot of experience from the last two years," Martinez said. "I was a little bit frustrated because I was hurt, but that gave me good experience to be positive. And now I feel like I'm mature, the great guy to be healthy and the great guy to help the team and be focused for the whole season."

10DCarlos Martínez
RP STL
Mon 7/20/20 10:07 PM

Martinez will begin the season as the fifth starter in the Cardinals rotation, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez and Miles Mikolas will round out the bottom of the St. Louis starting rotation to begin the 2020 campaign. Kwang-Hyun Kim will move to the bullpen and likely serve as the closer while Giovanny Gallegos (undisclosed) remains on the 10-day IL. Martinez earned high praise from manager Mike Shildt earlier during summer camp for earning every opportunity to be in the starting rotation. The 28-year-old is coming off his seventh season with the Cardinals, after notching 24 saves while posting a 3.17 ERA and 53:18 K:BB across 48.1 innings in 2019.

10DCarlos Martínez
RP STL
Sat 7/18/20 8:14 PM

Martinez allowed one run and two walks across three innings in Friday's intrasquad game start, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander also recorded a pair of strikeouts during the outing, which likely qualified as his penultimate tune-up for the regular season. The question of whether Martinez will begin the 2020 campaign as a closer or starter remains; however, the placement of Giovanny Gallegos, who arrived in summer camp Saturday after extensive travel delays, on the 10-day injured list for undisclosed reasons Saturday does potentially increase the chances of Martinez being shifted to a ninth-inning role for the time being.

10DCarlos Martínez
RP STL
Thu 7/16/20 11:20 PM

Manager Mike Shildt said Thursday that Martinez has earned every opportunity to be in the starting rotation, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

EDGE Analysis

Since Jordan Hicks (elbow) opted out of playing this season and Giovanny Gallegos remains grounded in Mexico without an arrival date, it's logical to speculate Martinez could return to the closer role. However, manager Mike Shildt may decide to go a different direction in the ninth inning because Martinez has continued to impress coaches throughout camp and has been preparing as a starter since the conclusion of last season. The 28-year-old will count on his high velocity and movement heading into his eighth season with the Cardinals regardless of when he enters games. Martinez recorded an impressive 26.5 K% in 2019, notching his fifth straight season with an ERA below 3.65.

10DCarlos Martínez
RP STL
Tue 7/14/20 6:03 PM

Martinez, who is still preparing as a starter ahead of the regular season, could nevertheless see his chances of returning to the closer role at some point increase with Jordan Hicks (elbow) opting out of playing in 2020, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The situation clearly remains up in the air, and it's possible manager Mike Shildt opts to utilize several pitchers in the ninth-inning role throughout the 60-game campaign. However, the Cardinals skipper is increasingly thin on candidates at present, as Giovanny Gallegos is still grounded in Mexico with no semblance of an arrival date and Hicks is no longer an option for the second half of the season in the wake of his decision. Ryan Helsley remains a candidate as well and appears to have the stuff to succeed in high-leverage scenarios, but Martinez carries the appeal of a proven track record in the role after converting 24 of 27 save opportunities in the second half of last season. A decision may not be made until much closer to Opening Day, as the next few days should also give Shildt a chance to further evaluate Kwang-Hyun Kim's fitness for the No. 5 starter job that Martinez is hoping to secure.

10DCarlos Martínez
RP STL
Sun 7/12/20 2:13 AM

Martinez drew the start for the Cardinals Blue team in Saturday night's intrasquad scrimmage and recorded four strikeouts across two innings, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander was facing many of the Cardinals' regulars in the outing, so his effectiveness was particularly impressive. One of Martinez's four whiffs was a swinging strikeout of Paul Goldschmidt, and he never allowed a hit over his 28 pitches, 18 which found the strike zone. "I thought he looked sharp, especially the offspeed stuff, which is safe to say he's definitely been working on his stuff while he's been away," catcher Matt Wieters said. "The offspeed stuff normally takes awhile to come back, but it was sharp from the get go today, which a good sign."

10DCarlos Martínez
RP STL
Thu 7/9/20 2:04 AM

Martinez looked sharp in his first bullpen session of summer camp Tuesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. "Everybody was very pleased with how it came out, sharp, just very impressed by the whole way he went about it," manager Mike Shildt said. "Ball was coming out, secondary pitches, command -- very positive feedback."

EDGE Analysis

Now that he's finally in summer camp after a delay of a few days, all eyes are on Martinez, whose role to start the season remains somewhat undefined for the moment. The veteran right-hander was seemingly on his way to securing a rotation spot at the time spring training was suspended, and he remained in excellent shape during the shutdown by throwing regularly. Martinez noted Tuesday he'd just thrown 95 pitches over the equivalent of seven innings in his last live batting practice in the Dominican Republic before flying to St. Louis, so his arm should be ready for a fairly healthy workload. However, the question remains whether his early-season opportunities will come in the rotation or out of the bullpen, as there's a chance Martinez cedes the No. 5 starter role to Kwang-Hyun Kim and is temporarily deployed as the closer if Giovanny Gallegos continues to experience travel delays in Mexico for an extended period.