Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:56:32 -0700
The St. Louis Cardinals aren't sure if SP Joe Kelly (hamstring) will need more than two weeks to recover from a slight tear of his hamstring, which means they'll leave RP Carlos Martinez in a relief role for now. Manager Mike Matheny said the team will go with a "minor league guy" for the start against the New York Mets Monday, April 21. SP Tyler Lyons is the main candidate for that start.
Fantasy Tip: Kelly's hammy strain doesn't seem to be too serious. Grab Lyons in an NL-only league if you need some short-term pitching help.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:13:12 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said RP Carlos Martinez is a candidate to enter the rotation if SP Joe Kelly's (hamstring) stay on the disabled list is prolonged. Martinez would need some time to be stretched out for the rotation.
Fantasy Tip: Tyler Lyons is likely to be called up to fill in in the short term, but Martinez has much more upside if he's starting. Stay tuned to the prognosis for Kelly, since that'll determine what the team does with Martinez.
Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:40:20 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals RP Carlos Martinez will be the team's eighth inning setup reliever this season.
Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:09:16 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Joe Kelly has been named the team's fifth starter. SP Carlos Martinez heads to the bullpen.
Fantasy Tip: Kelly is worth a flier as one of your final picks in mixed leagues and presents decent upside if he can stick in the rotation.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:08:13 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals RP Jason Motte (elbow), who's on a faster than expected track to return from Tommy Johnson surgery, will face hitters in a batting practice scenario on Friday, March 14, for the first time, according to pitching coach Derek Lilliquist. He could be the eighth-inning man sometime in April.
Fantasy Tip: The Cards don't expect to have Motte on opening day, and it's really ambitious to think that he'd be reliable in setup work soon after his return. Sometime after the break is much more rational. Motte's 2014 status has a greater effect on the fantasy value of Carlos Martinez, who's vying for a rotation spot, than he does his own.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:48:01 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three, in the Grapefruit League on Wednesday, March 12. He's given up just two runs in 10 spring frames. Pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said whether Martinez joins the rotation or remains a setup man is still to be determined. The decision will be based on not only how Martinez handles himself as a starter but also what makes the Cardinals a better team this year, and there are other factors involved there. Manager Mike Matheny would say only that if Martinez gets people out, he will make the choice very interesting.
Fantasy Tip: There is also some allusion as to how far along Jason Motte (elbow) is. To this point, he's outperformed Joe Kelly. Bottom line: Martinez is worth a flier in mixed leagues and several dollars in NL leagues because of his vast upside. He seems almost certain to make some starts this year, and whatever he can do in his innings should be valuable.
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 06:40:14 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SPs Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez are battling for the final spot in the starting rotation. Martinez could begin the season in the rotation at Triple-A Memphis if he doesn't win the job.
Fantasy Tip: The latter scenario is more likely with Martinez starting in Triple-A. He has lights-out stuff, but he had trouble getting through five innings in his spot starts last season. Kelly is 13-9 with a 3.03 ERA in 31 starts and was huge in breaking the team out of a slump last season. He serves as a sneaky NL-Only mid-rotation candidate and a late-round flier in mixed leagues. Martinez's potential and hype will likely make him come off the board before the final few rounds, but his job uncertainty anoints him as a flier in mixed leagues.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:14:56 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez will be in the group throwing two innings during live sessions this spring, meaning he'll be in the same group as the starting pitchers, according to pitching coach Derek Lilliquist. "We're keeping all our options open," Lilliquist said.
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 06:48:51 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday, P Carlos Martinez and RP Pat Neshek arrived at camp early Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:25:18 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez will compete for a spot in the starting rotation during spring training.