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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: SURPRISE, SURPRISE CARLOS MARTINEZ HAS ANOTHER SHOULDER ISSUE

Anyone who has been a habitual reader of this site knows how I have a big dislike for St. Louis Cardinals ace SP Carlos Martinez.  It is not that I don't respect Martinez' SP 1 abilities as a big-time strikeout artist but instead it centers on the guy's annually ill health.  Specifically speaking, Martinez is a "shoulder trouble" guy who first came down with pain in the joint back in 2016 and has been dealing with it off and on since.  Ask any pitcher and he will tell you that an injury to the shoulder is so much worse than the elbow and once it begins, the trends are that it leads to loss of velocity, erosion of offspeed spin, and thus a major uptick in ERA and WHIP.  I always frequently mention Josh Johnson and the late Tommy Hanson as perfect examples of how a bum shoulder can end a pitcher's career prematurely and that is what happened to both when the first appeared to be on their way to ace status.  Now I am not saying this will happen to Martinez but he is now going to be heading back to the DL for the third time this season and it is possible he has thrown his last pitch in 2018 considering the Cardinals will likely be extra cautious here.  As far as the numbers, Martinez' 1.38 WHIP shows the struggles he was going through prior to this latest shoulder issue and I wouldn't even think of touching the guy for 2019 fantasy baseball under these premises.  A tough season for sure but then again you were warned.


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