Carlos Martinez likely wouldn’t have begun the year in the Cardinals’ starting rotation if Jamie Garcia made it out of spring training healthy. Funny how things work out sometimes.
Martinez tossed seven scoreless innings last night in a 3-0 victory over the scuffling Brewers. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed just four hits (three of them singles) and a pair of walks while striking out eight batters. As for the offense, Jhonny Peralta and Jason Heyward carried the load by each hitting their second home run of the season.
Through three starts and one relief appearance, Martinez now owns a 1.35 ERA and 21/7 K/BB ratio over 20 innings. We’ve long talked about his breakout potential, but this St. Louis rotation could be very scary if he’s finally putting it together.
The Cardinals have won three straight and now sit at 11-4 on the year while the Brewers have the worst record in the majors at 3-14.
Your Friday box scores:
Cardinals 3, Brewers 0
Red Sox 7, Orioles 5
Braves 0, Phillies 1
Mets 1, Yankees 6
Cubs 7, Reds 3 (11 innings)
Nationals 2, Marlins 3
Indians 13, Tigers 1
Blue Jays 3, Rays 12
Royals 2, White Sox 2 – game suspended in ninth inning, scheduled to resume Saturday
Giants 4, Rockies 6
Rangers 2, Angels 3
Astros 5, Athletics 4 (11 innings)
Pirates 4, Diamondbacks 1
Twins 0, Mariners 2
Dodgers 3, Padres 0
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.