STAT OF THE DAY (AUGUST 27 at LAA)

As Henderson Alvarez gets set to take the mound tonight in Anaheim, the Marlins are 17-7 (.708) in the righthander’s 24 starts this season and 48-59 (.449) in all other games.

By way of comparison, the Marlins were 18-10 (.643) in Jose Fernandez’s 28 starts in 2013.

The .708 winning percentage in Alvarez starts stands as the 2nd-best winning percentage ever for the Marlins in an individual pitcher’s starts*.

22-9 (.710) in Carl Pavano starts in 2004
17-7 (.708) in Henderson Alvarez starts in 2014
19-8 (.704) in Dontrelle Willis starts in 2003
23-11 (.676) in Dontrelle Willis starts in 2005
22-11 (.667) in Kevin Brown starts in 1997
22-11 (.667) in Josh Johnson starts in 2009

(*Courtesy of STATS LLC)

Alvarez’s .667 winning percentage (10-5) is tied for 5th-best by a Marlin with at least 20 starts in a single season.

.750 (15-5) Josh Johnson, 2009
.700 (14-6) Dontrelle Willis, 2003
.692 (18-8) Carl Pavano, 2004
.688 (22-10) Dontrelle Willis, 2005
.667 (10-5) Henderson Alvarez, 2014
.667 (12-6) Jose Fernandez, 2013
.667 (16-8) Kevin Brown, 1997
.667 (14-7) Pat Rapp, 1995

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The Marlins close out their 3-game series with the Angels at 10:05 p.m. Miami time, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 9:35 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

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STAT OF THE DAY (AUGUST 26 at LAA)

I’ve talked a lot on the broadcast throughout the season about Nathan Eovaldi’s struggles to put hitters away once he gets ahead in the count and, also, to put innings away after recording 2 outs.

Here are some numbers that back up that observation:

Heading into his start tonight in Anaheim, Eovaldi has allowed a National League-high 74 hits with 2 strikes, 2nd in the majors behind Kansas City’s James Shields, who has surrendered 80.

Additionally, of the 83 runs Eovaldi has allowed over his 26 starts and 162.0 innings of work, 31 (37 percent) have come after he’d already recorded 2 outs in an inning. That’s 4th-most in the NL and tied for 5th-most in the majors. A.J. Burnett of the Phillies leads with 39, while Toronto’s Drew Hutchison and Washington’s Stephen Strasburg have given up 35 runs with 2 outs. Edwin Jackson of the Cubs has allowed 34, while Eovaldi, Justin Verlander of the Tigers, John Danks of the White Sox and Zack Wheeler of the Mets have allowed 31.

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The Marlins look to again knock off the Angels at 10:05 p.m. Miami time, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 9:35 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

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150 AND COUNTING FOR GIANCARLO

Giancarlo Stanton launched his 150th career home run tonight in Anaheim, a 3-run blast off Cory Rasmus.

Stanton reached 150 in his 619th major league games, 12th-fastest of any player in history.

Ryan Howard 495 games

Eddie Matthews 569 games

Ralph Kiner 570 games

Albert Pujols 586 games

Mark McGwire 588 games

Chuck Klein 593 games

Willie Mays 598 games

Adam Dunn 607 games

Joe DiMaggio 608 games

Bob Horner 609 games

Rocky Colavito 616 games

Giancarlo Stanton 619 games

Stanton hit #150 at 24 years, 290 days, making him the 10th-youngest player to reach the milestone.

Mel Ott 23.196

Eddie Matthews 23.332

Andruw Jones 24.158

Ken Griffey, Jr. 24.180

Albert Pujols 24.212

Alex Rodriguez 24.255

Mickey Mantle 24.255

Jimmie Foxx 24.263

Johnny Bench 24.288

Giancarlo Stanton 24.290

(Research assistance provided by STATS LLC)

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STAT OF THE DAY (AUGUST 25 at LAA)

After splitting a 2-game series against the Major League-worst Rangers to close out the most recent homestand and losing 2 of 3 to the National League-worst Rockies to begin the current 9-game trip, the Marlins tonight open a 3-game series in Anaheim against an Angels team that, at 77-52, owns the best record in all of Baseball.

Strangely, over the season’s first 129 games, the 64-65 Marlins have almost the same record against teams with winning records as they do against clubs with losing records.

Miami is 28-30 against clubs that begin play today at or above .500 and 36-35 against clubs with losing records.

The Marlins’ record against winning teams is 6th-best in the NL and 12th-best in all of Baseball. Only one big league club that owns a losing record, the Reds (37-38), has a better record than Miami against clubs with winning marks.

Meanwhile, Miami’s 36-35 record against losing clubs ranks 11th out of 15 NL teams and 21st in all of Baseball.

Of the Marlins’ 33 remaining games, 21 are against teams that currently own winning records (3 against the Angels, 6 against the Braves, 4 against the Brewers and 8 against the Nationals). The Marlins have 12 games remaining against losing teams (6 against the Mets and 6 against the Phillies).

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The Marlins open a 3-game series in Anaheim at 10:05 p.m. Miami time, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 9:35 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

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STAT OF THE DAY (AUGUST 24 at COL)

Here’s your Stat of the Day:

No matter what the number crunchers claim, Adeiny Hechavarria plays the heck out of the shortstop position. We watch him every night. I trust my eyes and those of players, scouts, coaches, managers and executives we talk to around the game who say it over and over: Hech makes plays on a nightly basis that few others in the game are capable of making.

I’m all for advanced metrics, but defensive numbers that claim Hech ranks anywhere below the best of the best in the Game are extremely flawed.

Need another reminder? Here’s last night’s play with the winning run at third and 2 outs in the bottom of the 12th:

http://m.mlb.com/mia/video/v35621977/must-c-catch-hechavarria-spoils-walkoff-opportunity/?tcid=mm_mia_vid&c_id=mia

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The Marlins look to go to 4-0-1 in their last 5 series when they wrap up their 3-game set in Denver at 4:10 Miami time, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 3:40 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

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