Major League Baseball
Toronto at St. Louis
When: 8:15 PM ET, Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

The St. Louis Cardinals have lofty expectations for Carlos Martinez and the right-hander did nothing to temper them with a 10-strikeout performance in his season debut. Still, Martinez remains winless and will look to halt a three-start losing streak when the Cardinals continue their three-game series against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

Martinez typically has been a fast starter since he was moved into the starting rotation in 2015, going a combined 8-0 over April over the past two years en route to winning 30 games. He will face a Toronto offense that entered the series ranked 29th in the majors in scoring before squeezing out a 6-5 victory in 11 innings Tuesday night. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons elected to give catcher Russell Martin the start at third base to help his beleaguered offense and saw the winning run scored by pitcher Marcus Stroman after he delivered a pinch-hit double. The series-opening win put Toronto in position to post back-to-back victories for the first time this season.

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet360 (Toronto), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Mat Latos (0-0, 7.20 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Carlos Martínez (0-3, 4.76)

Once a mainstay on the pitching staffs of San Diego and Cincinnati, Latos is on his sixth team since the start of 2015 and will be making his second start for Toronto. The 29-year-old Latos worked five innings in his season debut at the Los Angeles Angels, giving up four runs on six hits while walking three in five innings. Latos has been hurt by Yadier Molina, who is 12-for-34 with a homer and five RBIs.

Martinez failed to get through the sixth inning for the third straight outing last time out in Milwaukee, giving up five runs on seven hits over five frames. He had a bizarre line in his previous turn against the New York Yankees, racking up 11 strikeouts while walking eight in 5 1/3 innings. Martinez has been an ordinary pitcher at home, posting a 15-14 record with a 3.77 ERA in 74 appearances (38 starts).


1. Cardinals 3B Jedd Gyorko is 9-for-16 with three doubles, a triple and a homer during a four-game hitting streak.

2. Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista entered the series batting .129 with 26 strikeouts, but had a pair of hits and an RBI single.

3. Cardinals 1B Matt Carpenter served a one-game suspension for making contact with an umpire Sunday versus Milwaukee.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 5, Blue Jays 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Toronto 6-14 W1 2-7 4-7 3-10 0-0 2-2 1-2
St. Louis 9-11 L1 5-5 4-6 1-2 8-5 0-0 0-4
Last Meeting
Toronto St. Louis
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
4/25/17 TOR 6 x STL 5 .227 0 .610 .302 1 .783
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Toronto R. Goins .500 2 1.350
St. Louis J. Gyorko .600 3 1.400
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Toronto K. Pillar 0 2 1
St. Louis J. Martinez 1 1 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
Toronto 4.09 .227 15
St. Louis 3.27 .302 12
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Toronto K. Pillar .296 24 .831
St. Louis Y. Molina .267 16 .663
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Toronto K. Pillar 3 8 6
St. Louis A. Diaz 4 8 7
Pitching ERA Avg K
Toronto 4.03 .223 171
St. Louis 4.04 .235 173