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Crystal Ball: Carlos Martinez, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

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Back by popular demand, we continue the Crystal Ball Series with a look at the possible future of St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez.

The Crystal Ball is NOT a PREDICTION in the sense of me saying "this is how the guy will turn out.". The idea is to generate discussion about a player by presenting one possible outcome for his career, based on what we currently know about him.

It is not just thrown together; I try to make them logical, based on the outcomes of players who were similar at the same stage of their career. Sometimes a CB represents a maximal outcome, sometimes it is more of a middle ground.

What do you think of this one? Can you spot the free agent signings, the injuries, and the trades?

Carlos Martinez
Year Team G GS IP H R ER W L ERA K BB SV Age
2013 Cardinals 21 1 28.333 31 16 16 2 1 5.08 24 9 1 21
2014 Cardinals 57 7 89.333 90 41 40 2 4 4.03 84 36 1 22
2015 Cardinals 31 29 179.67 168 65 60 14 7 3.01 184 63 0 23
2016 Cardinals 31 31 195.33 169 68 66 16 9 3.04 174 70 0 24
2017 Cardinals 32 32 211 187 75 69 14 10 2.94 189 68 0 25
2018 Cardinals 22 22 157 150 78 72 9 9 4.13 109 39 0 26
2019 Cardinals 33 33 229 202 80 72 20 8 2.83 202 69 0 27
2020 Cardinals 33 33 221 222 100 94 13 15 3.83 178 69 0 28
2021 Cardinals 30 30 190 172 72 69 12 13 3.27 168 67 0 29
2022 Cardinals 32 32 229 201 74 70 17 11 2.75 189 80 0 30
2023 Cardinals 32 32 199 184 79 76 13 14 3.44 169 69 0 31
2024 Cardinals 27 27 169 171 83 80 9 13 4.26 152 80 0 32
2025 Marlins 32 32 228 218 98 90 15 11 3.55 169 59 0 33
2026 Marlins 20 20 133 109 52 48 11 2 3.25 100 39 0 34
Twins 11 11 63 69 33 33 3 4 4.71 52 20 0
2027 Twins 31 31 184 186 90 85 11 11 4.16 135 70 0 35
2028 Dodgers 34 22 145 132 61 59 8 7 3.66 109 51 2 36
2029 Dodgers 52 2 67 69 22 22 4 1 2.96 59 31 3 37
2030 Phillies 51 0 68 58 22 19 2 2 2.51 52 18 8 38
2031 Phillies 6 0 8 11 6 6 0 0 6.75 4 5 0 39
38418 618 427 2993.7 2799 1215 1146 195 152 3.45 2502 1012 15