We have treasured Carlos Martinez here at Viva el Birdos for quite some time. Heck, we even made a day for him. For the past two seasons, not only has Carlos been invaluable as a starter, but his fun-loving personality has made him a fan favorite as well.
But back to that starter thing.
Using the Baseball Reference version of WAR, only 10 starters have topped Martinez' 7.5 wins above replacement since the start of last season: Kershaw, Greinke, Arrieta, Scherzer, Bumgarner, Cole Hamels, deGrom, Johnny Cueto, Dallas Keutchel and David Price.
And that is just one of the reasons listed.
Carlos is the best.
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