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DENVER, CO – JULY 04: Carlos Martinez #18 of the St. Louis Cardinals walks to the dugout before a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 4, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

These three players from the 2021 St.

Louis Cardinals season are failing miserably with different teams in 2022.

The 2022 St. Louis Cardinals look a lot like the 2021 team but with a few changes made by the front office in hopes of improving the ball club. They didn’t need to undertake any sort of an overhaul to be serious contenders this year. They already had the tools to do it.

Many of the contributors from last season who aren’t having such good years fall into this description because they can’t even get a job playing baseball. Some, like Jon Lester, even retired.

However, there are a few members of the 2021 Cardinals who have found themselves failing miserably with other teams in 2022.

1) Former Cardinals failing miserably in 2022: Carlos Martinez

It’s better to burn out than to fade away. It’s not quite clear which one Carlos Martinez has done.

A two-time All-Star for St. Louis, Martinez moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen in more recent seasons. He had a ton of success pitching exclusively in relief for them in 2019, going 4-2 with a 3.17 ERA. It would be his last dose of success with the Cardinals. The past two years were rough.

In 2020, now back in the rotation, Martinez went 0-3 with a 9.90 ERA in 5 starts. It was a strange year so he got another shot in 2021. Unfortunately, he’d go just 4-9 with a 6.23 ERA in 16 starts.

Martinez hasn’t pitched a major league game in 2022 but did land an opportunity with the Triple-A team of the Boston Red Sox, the Worcester Red Sox. He lasted a total of only 4.1 innings in both of his starts combined and had a 20.77 ERA. This inflated number was due to the 10 earned runs he gave up.

At only 30-years-old, it’s looking like Martinez’s career could be over already.

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49ers Nick Bosa Delivers Uncanny Stat Over 2 Rivals in MNF Win

Getty Nick Bosa celebrates sack No. 1 against the Rams on October 3, 2022.

To say Nick Bosa turned up the pressure for the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, October 3 would be an understatement.

The fourth-year edge rusher didn’t just collapse pockets and wreck havoc in the 24-9 home win at Levi’s Stadium over the rival Los Angeles Rams, but Bosa ended up out-performing two division rivals in one key stat revealed on the morning after the Week 4 thumping of the Super Bowl champs.

Bosa Delivers Uncanny Stat Over 2 Rival Teams While Tying Another

On Tuesday, October 4, Pro Football Focus calculated that Bosa burst through the Rams’ front protection for 14 quarterback pressures.

But, via Niners Nation on SB Nation, Bosa’s pressures were better than two rival defenses he and the 49ers see twice a year.

“PFF credited Nick Bosa with 14 pressures last night. The Rams had 5. The Cardinals had 8,” Niners Nation tweeted.

Only Seattle had a higher number than both the Cards and Rams, but ended up matching Bosa’s pressure number.

PFF credited Nick Bosa with 14 pressures last night. The Rams had 5. The Cardinals had 8. The Seahawks had 14.

— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) October 4, 2022

That’s right, Bosa out-performed and out-penetrated two pass rushes inside the NFC West in the win over the Rams. But there’s more.

Bosa Out-Performed Other Defenses Off His Pressures, Including Lone Unbeaten

Bosa’s 14 mark was better than 11 other NFL teams from Week 4: The undefeated Philadelphia Eagles (10), the New York Jets (13), the Jacksonville Jaguars (10), the Detroit Lions (10), the Houston Texans (13), the Chicago Bears (8), the Washington Commanders (13), the New England Patriots (13), the Green Bay Packers (12), the Las Vegas Raiders (10) and lastly, the Kansas City Chiefs (9).

As a team, the 49ers delivered an astonishing 35 total QB pressures on the Rams. The closest to the 49ers in that category were the New York Giants with 26, the Dallas Cowboys at 24 and the Los Angeles Chargers with 23 QB pressures.

Bosa was one of two 49er defenders who hit two sacks against what became an even more depleted Rams offensive line. The visitors ended up being down to their third string center in Jeremiah Kolone and also had to navigate against the 49ers’ heat without starting guard David Edwards. The team also had to place rookie Logan Bruss on injured reserve before the season and lost Tremayne Anchrum to a broken leg in Week 2.

Smartly, the 49ers and defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans unleashed the heat on the unit that was supposed to protect Matthew Stafford for seven sacks. Ryans didn’t even call for his defenders to just line up and try to beat blockers. He took advantage of Bosa’s speed on this defensive lineman stunt:

Return of the SACK ¯_(ツ)_/¯

???? #LARvsSF on @ESPNNFL

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 4, 2022

Aaron Day of @dlinevids1 added this angle of Bosa’s looping pursuit of Stafford, which was made possible by Arik Armstead:

Nick Bosa sells his rush upfield, loops inside & gets the sack. Great job by Armstead to get the center’s attention on the stunt, allowing for Bosa to get home! #passrush #49ers

— Coach Aaron Day (@dlinevids1) October 4, 2022

Bosa joined Samson Ebukam as the two 49ers who hit two sacks. Kevin Givens, Charles Omenihu, Hassan Ridgeway and Deommodore Lenoir on a nickelback blitz call by Ryans were the others who joined the S.F. sack party.

Bosa Delivers Honest Claim About 49ers Defense

Not one to boast about his individual accolades, Bosa instead diverted the attention to the entire 49ers defense as a whole following the 15-point romp of the Rams.

And he gave this honest assessment.

“I think it’s best in the league,” Bosa told reporters. “It’s our mindset every year and this year we have the personnel to do it. All three levels are just elite players.”

Bosa, himself, is already playing at an elite level — with a league-best six sacks through the first four games of 2022.

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