Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez, left, meets with pitching coach Mike Maddux, center, and catcher Andrew Knizner on the mound in the third inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Martinez allowed three runs in that inning and five overall before being pulled after four innings. (Colter Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Cardinals’ Carlos Martinez, left, meets with pitching coach Mike Maddux, center, and catcher Andrew Knizner in the third inning Tuesday night. He allowed three runs in that frame and five in his four innings of work.
Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado dodges a pitch near his head thrown by the Indians’ Shane Bieber in the fourth inning Tuesday night.
The root of the Cardinals’ ongoing and consuming freefall out of first place goes deeper than sidelined pitchers, and without manpower to overcome some misplaced performance the route out of this mess might not be clear without a refresh or reinforcement for the roster.
For the second time in a week and second time in this losing streak, Carlos Martinez could not sidestep a combustible inning, and left to play catchup the Cardinals continued down.
A three-run homer by Jose Ramirez punctuated the five runs Cleveland had before the end of the third inning, and that was plenty for the American League Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber in what became a 10-1 rout Tuesday night…