A look at the Mets' power drought

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In a world where Daniel Murphy
(nine) has more home runs than David Wright (eight) in less at-bats,
you know something is screwy with the Mets this season.




Team home runs:



26) Oakland – 116

27) Houston – 115

28) Pittsburgh – 109

29) San Francisco – 99

30) New York (NL) – 81



Yeah, it’s that bad. I’m no
prognosticator, but if you were to project the Mets’ current pace, they
would finish with roughly 96 home runs, their lowest tally since they
hit just 93 in 1992. Bobby Bonilla (19), Eddie Murray (16) and Darryl Boston
(13) were the only ones to make it to double-digits on that squad.




As the current Mets enter play on
Tuesday, Gary Sheffield leads the team with just 10 home runs. And he
probably won’t even play again this season
. Just for comparison’s sake,
the Rockies and Yankees have eight players with 10 home runs or more.

Cardinals shut down Carlos Martínez for two weeks due to shoulder issue

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MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.

Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”

Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.

Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.