Ronald Acuna Jr. is frustrating players on both sides of the NLDS.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez said after his team’s 7-6 Game 1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night that he was annoyed with the way Acuna rounded the bases after a home run in the 9th. Martinez complained that Acuna’s style was disrespectful.
You can see video of the home run here, which made it a 7-5 game. Acuna slowed up by third base, which bothered Martinez.
Atlanta got another run on a Freddie Freeman homer, but they still came up short.
Martinez gave up all three runs and was no doubt feeling pressure, but his complaint is a common one among pitchers after getting rocked. Just ask Madison Bumgarner.
Beyond upsetting Martinez, Acuna also frustrated his own teammates with his baserunning earlier in the game.
St Louis Cardinals president John Mozeliak does not seem happy with pitcher Carlos Martinez.
Martinez is on a no-throwing program for the next two weeks and will be re-evaluated in March. According to The Athletic’s Mark Saxon, Mozeliak believes Martinez is not doing the right type of training during the offseason. He thinks the focus should be on physical therapy rather than strength training.
Martinez dealt with arm injuries last season and only pitched 118.2 innings, working as both a starter and reliever. He had shoulder issues in 2012 and again in 2015, so that’s the type of history Mozeliak is talking about.
Martinez, 27, is a valuable pitcher when healthy. He’s 54-38 with a 3.37 ERA during his career and has been named to two All-Star teams. The Cardinals made some upgrades to their team, led by the addition of Paul Goldschmidt. The last thing they want is to enter the season at less than full strength.
For most teams, we’re a quarter of the way through the Major League Baseball season, and right about at the point that teams can begin assessing what their prospects are. It’s also a point where we can review performances to date and look at who’s struggling and who’s starring for each team. Here, we’re going to be focusing on the players who have led their teams, no matter how the club is doing in the grand scheme of things.
Here is the best player for each MLB team so far in 2018.
Arizona Diamondbacks — A.J. Pollock, OF
A couple of pitchers have a case here, but in a year where the Arizona offense has been surprisingly underwhelming, Pollock has carried them. The outfielder is hitting .293 with 11 home runs and 10 doubles, easily pacing the team in OPS. Unfortunately he is expected to miss 4-8 weeks with a thumb injury, because he was working on a potential MVP season before that.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez has been named in a lawsuit due to an alleged violent incident that took place nearly four years ago.
According to a report by Kaley Johnson of the Belleville News-Democrat on Friday, the two-time All-Star is facing allegations that he was part of a group that jumped a man outside of a strip club in July 2014. The plaintiff Andrew D. D’Angelo claims that he was drinking at a St. Louis bar when he got into a verbal altercation with a group of men that included Martinez and the late Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who died in a car accident later that year.
D’Angelo also alleges he left the bar after the confrontation and proceeded to The Diamond Cabaret, a strip club near East St. Louis. Martinez’s group later showed up to the same club, unbeknownst to D’Angelo, and followed him out to a food stand in the parking lot where they knocked him to the ground and beat him, according to the suit. Martinez, who went 12-11 with a 3.64 ERA in 2017, is specifically accused of punching D’Angelo in the head and face.
D’Angelo’s attorney claims that his client suffered “a broken back and nearly $100,000 in medical bills, with further surgical procedures being needed” as a result of the alleged attack.
For what it’s worth, Martinez’s agent had this response to the allegations soon after news of the lawsuit broke, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
As for the 26-year-old Martinez himself, this is not the first time that he has caused a distraction off the field for the Cardinals.
H/T CBS St. Louis
St. Louis Cardinals reliever Carlos Martinez learned a hard lesson on Monday about the way Twitter works. When you “favorite” a tweet so you can easily access it in the future, that tweet is added to your public list of favorites. Prior to Monday afternoon, Martinez’s favorites were loaded with pornographic images.
On Tuesday, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters that the team reached out to Martinez on Monday evening to help him remove the photos.
“We’re embarrassed, and he’s embarrassed,” Matheny said, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’m not trying to shove my morality down anybody’s throat. But I also need these guys to understand that it’s not just me that they need to be concerned about. There are a bunch of young guys that absolutely admire these guys and everything that they do. Realize – is this something you’d want your kids to see? Is this something that you want to be known for? Is this how you want to be remembered?”
The Cardinals organization has had several meetings with the players lately to discuss the use of social media, and Martinez’s embarrassing list was certainly a teaching moment.
“Anything that you do right now is one fraction of a second away from being all over the world,” Matheny said. “There has never been a time in history like this. That just heightens our message and heightens our urgency to make sure we are diligent and we are disciplined to educate and make aware that something like this happens it’s going to be an embarrassment to you. Something like this happens it’s going to be an embarrassment to us.”
While Matheny said the situation was a “distraction,” he also noted that Martinez acknowledged his mistake. At this point, there’s really nothing else he can do. Carlos likes porn, and unfortunately everyone knows about it.
H/T MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Carlos Martinez just learned in about the worst way possible that most of one’s Twitter activity is public and therefore completely capable of embarrassing you at any time.
Martinez, who is 22 and pitched 28.1 innings last season for the Cards, had a ton of porn photos marked as his favorites on Twitter. People generally “favorite” a tweet so they can easily access it in the future instead of letting it get lost in the stream of millions of tweets. There is no right or wrong way to assemble a favorites list, but we can safely say that Martinez regrets the way he handled his.
We’ll explain how it all started.
Someone on Twitter noticed that Martinez’s favorites were almost entirely pornographic images tweeted by adult film actresses, we’re assuming. That person told Matt Sebek of JoeSportsFan.com, as Sebek is a big sports media/blogger presence in the St. Louis area. Deadspin picked up on the tidbit and put together a video showing all of his favorites, which were mostly porn images, as seen below (images are censored but still might be NSFW):