Mets hoping J.D. Martinez can jumpstart offense soon

After four miserable games, the Mets will have to go through at least four more before any significant offensive help arrives.

JD Martinez is eligible to rejoin the team as early as Sunday after a 10-day absence in what is technically a minor league stint that is being used as accelerated spring training.

Martinez didn’t sign with the Mets until March 23, when the need for his bat seemed a little less urgent.

JD Martinez, who signed a deal with the Mets on March 23, played for the Dodgers last season. P.A.

In four games, the Mets were winless, entered MLB action Wednesday with the worst offense in the majors (two runs per game) and collectively hit .188 with a .551 OPS.

They hope Martinez can help resolve these small sample size issues.

Martinez has been in the Mets facilities and faced minor league and rehab pitchers.

The Mets started DJ Stewart (twice), Starling Marte and Francisco Alvarez at the DH spot.

With the Dodgers last season, Martinez posted an .893 OPS with 33 home runs and 103 RBIs in 113 games.

He lingered in free agency, turning down an offer from the Giants and others wary of a 36-year-old without a position, but Martinez’s bat showed no signs of slowing down.

“He has a tremendous amount of experience, someone I have a ton of respect for,” Harrison Bader said recently. “I’ve only seen from afar, but I’ve heard the best things about him. … I don’t know how he was still on the board, but he was happy.

Manager Carlos Mendoza reported that the Mets would likely leave it up to Martinez to join the team right away, get more at-bats in the facility or head to an affiliate for a more traditional minor league assignment. .

Carlos Mendoza, Mets manager
Mets manager Carlos Mendoza is still winless. Corey Sipkin for the New York Post

“It’s not a typical spring training, where you can take a day off after two or three days of intense activities,” Mendoza said Tuesday, before the first of two games postponed because of rain. “Right now, ever since we saw him, he’s been on the move. …He knows his body better than anyone.

And the winless Mets know better than anyone how much they need his bat behind Pete Alonso in the order.

“JD would make any lineup better,” Brandon Nimmo said. “We’re thrilled to have him.”

Only tickets to Tuesday’s rainout game will be honored for Thursday’s single-admission doubleheader at Citi Field against the Tigers.

The first game will begin at 12:10 p.m. and the second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the end of the first game.

Tickets for Wednesday’s game will not be valid for Thursday entry.

The Mets said fans with a paid ticket in their account valid for access to Wednesday’s game will receive a digital voucher loaded into their My Mets Tickets account (accessible by clicking on the Vouchers tab) that will be accessible (Thursday) morning.

Digital ticket vouchers may be exchanged for a ticket comparable in price and location to another Mets 2024 regular season home game at Citi (excluding Mets at Yankees, June 25-26; additional blackout dates may apply).

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