As the Marlins prepare to open a 3-game series with the Cubs at Marlins Park tonight, a few nuggets I’ve dug up for your enjoyment:
The Marlins lead the all-time series with Chicago 77-76. The Cubs, Expos/Nationals and Brewers are the only 3 National League franchises against whom the Marlins are above .500 all-time. Miami is 169-129 (.567) against the Expos/Nationals franchise and 51-50 (.505) against Milwaukee. The 169 wins against Montreal and Washington are the franchise’s most all-time against any opponent. Next on the list, the Mets, against whom Miami is 147-154 all-time. On the other end of the spectrum, the Marlins’ worst all-time winning percentage against an NL foe is their .388 mark against the Giants. Miami is just 57-90 all-time against San Francisco. While history indicates the Marlins might look forward to their visits to Washington and New York on this next road trip, they may dread their upcoming trip to San Francisco, just around the corner, May 1-3.
Through 4 games at Marlins Park, the Marlins have drawn 4 crowds in excess of 30,000. That matches the number of 30,000-plus crowds the Marlins drew ALL SEASON over 81 games at Sun Life in 2011.
Records by jersey color so far…Orange: 1-0, Black: 3-4, White: 0-2.
Marlins pitchers allowed 20 walks in the 3 games against Houston over the weekend; however, only 3 of the free passes came around to score. They’d walked a total of only 12 opposing hitters through the season’s first 7 games.
On the flip side, Marlins hitters drew 11 walks over the weekend against the Astros, including a season-high 6 on Sunday, after they’d coaxed only 10 walks in their first 7 games combined.
The Marlins are 3-0 when they homer and 1-6 when they do not.
Miami relief pitchers have stranded 9 of 11 inherited runners through the season’s first 10 games.
Carlos Zambrano has a pair of no-decisions despite leaving both of his first 2 starts on line for a victory. Zambrano’s been terrific after the first inning. He’s allowed 4 first-inning runs his first 2 times out for an 18.00 ERA in the first. He’s allowed just 1 run over the other 10 innings he’s worked for a 0.90 ERA after the first.
Omar Infante hit his 4th home run of 2012 in his 9th game and 31st at-bat Sunday against the Astros. A season ago, he hit #4 in his 129th game and 497th AB.
With 7 hits in his last 8 at-bats, Sunday’s hero Hanley Ramirez has his season average at .282. That’s higher than at any point in 2011, when he peaked at .256 on April 14 and was last at .250 on July 20 en route to a .243 finish.
Hanley’s gone deep twice in 10 games (39 at-bats) so far. A season ago, he didn’t hit his 2nd home run until his 34th game and AB #126.
Giancarlo Stanton’s yet to go deep through his first 9 games and 35 at-bats. It should, however, be noted that the slugger formerly known as Mike didn’t slug his first long ball until his 14th game and 38th at-bat en route to 34 homers in 2011.
Josh Johnson tonight faces the Cubs for the first time since August 15, 2008. He’s 0-1 with a 6.57 ERA in 3 games (2 starts) against Chicago all-time.
JJ has allowed 21 hits in 9.2 innings over his first 2 starts this season, with the opposition hitting .447. Last April, when he was 3-0 with a 0.88 ERA in 6 starts, Josh allowed only 18 hits in 41.0 innings for a .130 opponents’ average.
Of the 21 hits JJ has allowed, 19 have been singles. The only 2 extra-base hits he’s surrendered were both doubles.
Neither Carlos Zambrano nor Chris Volstad, who were traded for one another this winter, will pitch in this series. Zambrano had spent his entire career with the Cubs, while Volstad had always been a Marlin, drafted in the first round in 2005.
Miami is 2-0 in games started by opposing lefthanders (Cole Hamels and J.A. Happ) and 2-6 in games started by opposing right-handers.
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