As the season rolled on, Tapia went down with injuries and Lopez struggled with his control forcing the team to bring aboard relievers like Victor DeLeon, Anthony De La Cruz, and Christian Concepcion.
With Bryan Martinez's promotion to the Gulf Coast League it left the team with another hole to fill. The Cardinals changed the format of the rotation from a five-man into a piggyback style much like what was used in Johnson City. Eduard Estalis, Delvi Rodriguez, Eduardo Hiraldo, Juan Bautista, Arturo Toribio, and various others held it down from midway through until the end of the season. The activation of Jefferson Segundo after serving a 50-game suspension also helped to relieve some of the burden.
The starters came out solid in the beginning of the season but time took its toll. It also didn't help that a hurricane caused the league to miss a full week of action and brought about multiple doubleheader games in the month of August.
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Paulino pitched a strong first month logging the most innings and was number two on the chart in ERA. Carlos Martinez was lights out only giving up three earned runs over 24 innings, kept the walks down, and struck out the second most batters during the month. Bryan Martinez was the strikeout king but also gave up a lot of hits and runs. Angel Tapia was coming off an All-Star 2009 season and didn't miss a beat in the first month. Stalyn Lopez struggled all around.
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Carlos Martinez was lights out once again in the second month while logging the most innings and striking out the most batters. Victor DeLeon, Eduard Estalis, Delvi Rodriguez, and others came through in the tandem while Willy Paulino was knocked around and Stalyn Lopez continued a rough season.
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Arturo Toribio and Victor DeLeon did a great job moving from the bullpen to the rotation. Eduard Estalis struck out the most batters with Carlos Martinez following close behind. The 2010 Dominican Summer League Cardinals Starting Pitcher of the Year is Carlos Martinez with nobody even coming close to what he did this year. None of the pitchers put in the work, kept runs to a minimum, and struck out batters like he did. Many had surprising outings but they didn't do it on a consistent basis like Martinez.
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