The braids are gone for Carlos Martinez who arrived in the clubhouse today sporting a natural, afro style instead of the silver braids of the last couple weeks.

“Yeah, changing it up,” smiled Martinez, who then joked through a team translator “I want to win again…A little bit of superstition.”

As for the old braids…

“In the trash,” Carlos answered.

Martinez is still looking for his first win of the season and has allowed 15 earned runs in his last four starts (21.1 innings). The Cardinals have scored only five runs overall for Martinez this season, which ranks 3rd-lowest in the National League.

“I think things are getting better,” said Martinez, who aside from working at a quicker pace shared he concentrated on staying focused in on Yadier Molina during his last start.

“Apart from my focus, I didn’t really do anything better but just tried to locate my pitch where it needs to go.”

In that last outing, Martinez struck out 8 Toronto batters in 6.0 innings of work.

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