Futility Watch: The Marlins are two games behind the 1962 Mets


Mentioned this in ATH, but it’s worth keeping more formal tabs on this as the season progresses:

  • Record of the 1962 New York Mets through 52 games: 15-37;
  • Record of the 2013 Houston Astros through 52 games: 15-37;
  • Record of the 2013 Miami Marlins through 52 games: 13-39.

On the bright side, the Mets had losing streaks of 11 and 13 games ahead of them later in the 1962 season, so the Marlins have a chance to “catch up.”

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.