Marlins attendance is down 11,000 fans per game compared to this same point last season and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that no one is watching them on television either:
Marlins TV ratings have been dreadful, with the first two home games this week generating a 1.8 and 1.5–numbers comparable to daytime game shows–followed by Wednesday’s embarrassing 0.8–equaling .8 percent of Dade/Broward homes with TV sets.
According to Sports Business Journal‘s numbers published back in October no team had an average rating below 1.0 last season. I’m not sure of the exact numbers, but based on last year the Marlins are likely getting fewer than 20,000 people to watch the games on television so far.
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.