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
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.