Back in 1908, the St. Louis Cardinals scored just 372 runs in 154 games, an average of 2.41 runs per game.
More than a century later, those Cardinals still hold the major-league record for fewest runs in a season.
The 2013 Miami Marlins are ahead of that pace — but that’s about the best thing you can say about their offense.
They return home Tuesday night to face Cincinnati as the worst offensive team in baseball. They’re averaging 2.84 runs and are on pace to score 460, which would be far below the franchise low of 581 runs in the club’s first season in 1993.
Put another way, the Marlins are on pace to have a worse offense than one of the most anemic NL teams in the modern era, the 1969 San Diego Padres. They averaged 2.89 runs in their first season.
“I don’t see us continuing that pace,’’ Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez said. “If we do, I think we’d all be disappointed.’’
Martinez, in his first season as a hitting coach, played first base for high-scoring Seattle and New York Yankees teams.
“I knew what I was getting into with a young team,” he said. “I knew there were going to be lot of growing pains, but I still expect a little more.”
The Marlins (11-27) also are last in the majors with 22 home runs, 99 RBIs and a .223 batting average.
Their lack of production can be partly blamed on injuries to key players — including right fielder Giancarlo Stanton and first baseman Logan Morrison.
Morrison could return by June 1. Stanton could be out longer.