Carlos Martinez dazzles as starter
Rain won't get in the Cardinal WayHall of Famers at the Cardinals Hall of FameStars we've lost in 2014Wrestlemania XXX: The Undertaker goes downThe National Civil Rights Museum in MemphisMickey Rooney's life and careerST. LOUIS Carlos Martinez could be this year's Trevor Rosenthal.He should be braced for that.Martinez, 22, has made two starts in the Dominican Winter League this offseason for the Aguilas Cibaenas and has been predictably dominant. In his Dec. 20 start, Martinez struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings, and in his first start six days earlier he struck out two and pitched two innings. He did not allow an earned run in either outing, and has permitted only three baserunnersbaserunners wholesale Jets cheap jerseys
(all on hits) in 6 1/3 innings. He's making short, tidy cameos during a winter when the Cardinals have asked him to prepare for spring training as a starter.How deep into March he gets as a starter well, look to Rosenthal for an example.A year ago at this time,time, Jets jerseys cheap
Rosenthal started prepping here in St. Louis to reach spring training as a starter, ready to compete with Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller for an open spot in the rotation. Martinez is one of what? eight or nine pitchers who will come to Jupiter, Fla., in 2014 with a chance to win a spot in the rotation. Sort of. ThereThere wholesale cheap Jets jerseys
really isn't a spot open this year like there was a year ago.The Cardinals have five starters returning Adam Wainwright, Miller, Kelly, Michael Wacha and Lance Lynn and lefty Jaime Garcia set to go after shoulder surgery. Martinez, Seth Maness, et. al., may come to springspring cheap Jets jerseys china
training as starters, but could soon find themselves in the bullpen, where they finished 2013.That's what happened to Rosenthal.The similarities between Martinez c. 2014 and Rosenthal c. 2013 are stronger. The Cardinals returned Rosenthal to the bullpen early in spring training because they felt the bullpen needed his flamethrowing presence, snug beside Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte and part of the late inning parade that also included Edward Mujica. The idea was that he couldcould Jets jerseys china
be the setup man or the fireman and have a bigger impact in relief than in the rotation. They needed him in the bullpen.This spring, the Cardinals enter spring training with Rosenthal at closer but no clear setup man. Motte is recovering from elbow surgery and isn't expected to be game ready at the start of Grapefruit League play. He could be the setup man, but not on back to back days to begin. Martinez was the setup man during October. The path of least resistance a rule of thumb from the Tony La Russa Era leads Martinez back to the eighth during spring training.Right now, it appears they'll need him in the bullpen.For now, though, he's a starter, and he's flashing the kind of velocity and shutdown stuff that makes him such a fit for relief work.In the winter league, he's 0 0 with a 0. ERA in 6 1/3 innings. He has allowed three hits and two runs (none earned). Martinez has not walked a batter and has nine strikeouts total.Here are the other Cardinals' players who are playing this winter and their current stats:OF Anthony Garcia, Puerto Rico:.311/.376/.513, 34 games, 37 for 119 (.311), 19 runs, 23 RBIs, 5 HRSlugger has been ranked as a prospect before or is on the cusp of the prospects rankings because of his power. Another one of the outfielders in the traffic jam at the top two levels.