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VEB 2018 Community Projections: Carlos Martinez

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How will the team’s premier starting pitcher fare on the mound in 2018?

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Today, the Viva El Birdos 2018 Community Projections series continues with right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez.

In 2017 - his third year as a full-time starter, Martinez led the Cardinals with 205 innings pitched across 30 games and starts. Martinez whiffed 217 batters and walked 71, leading to 9.53 K/9 and 3.12 BB/9 rates.

Martinez maintained a 3.64 ERA and 3.91 FIP, holding batters to a collective .232 batting average. Martinez fell victim to the long ball frequently, with 27 hit against him last year; for comparison, batters combined for 15 home runs in 31 games in 2016. Nonetheless, Martinez struck out over 40 more batters in 2017 than 2016, when he punched out 174 batters in 195 13 frames.

It is now your turn to share how you feel Martinez will fare on the mound the season.

Fill out the required fields in the form below, submit it, and check back regularly over the next few weeks to make projections for other Cardinals.

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