I WAS JUST THINKING…
While a great May doesn’t assure anything more than a bad April, it’s worth noting that if the season ended today, the Marlins would be in the Playoffs.
A major league-best 18-7 in May with 4 games to play before we usher in June, the Marlins need one more victory to match the winningest month in franchise history. Miami went 19-10 in August of 1997.
The Marlins’ current .720 winning percentage for the month gives them a shot at a club record as well. The Marlins were 18-7 (.720) in June of 2006. The Marlins would need to win at least 3 of their final 4 this month to better that .720 mark.
The Marlins have had just one day off since April 23. Thursday, a travel day to Philadelphia, will end a run of 20 games in 20 days and 36 games in 37 days. The Marlins are currently 19-13 in the longer stretch.
Miami is unbeaten in 9 series in May. They’d have 7 wins, no losses and 2 splits if they finish off the series victory over the Giants this afternoon. Should they lose today, they’d be 6-0-3 in 9 May series with a 3-game set with the Nats to come.
As if the schedule hasn’t been challenging enough, beginning with tomorrow night’s series opener against Washington, the Marlins’ next 41 games will be against the Nats (7), Phillies (6), Braves (3), Rays (6), Red Sox (6), Blue Jays (3), Cardinals (6) and Brewers (4).
With victory number 69, Ricky Nolasco became the all-time Marlins wins leader when he beat the Rockies on Tuesday, and he’s worn the career strikeout crown since last year. Heading into this afternoon’s start against Matt Cain and the Giants, he’s 5 starts shy of tying Willis for the top spot in club history with 162. He’s 46 innings pitched short of Willis’ club mark of 1,022.2. And Ricky’s next loss would tie Willis’ club mark of 54.
Ricky’s last 3 starts against the Giants have all come against Matt Cain, who he’ll face today. In 2 head-to-head match-ups last season and one this year, Ricky’s posted wins by scores of 5-1, 2-1 and 2-1. Overall, Nolasco is 5-2 with a 1.56 ERA and a .219 average allowed in 7 starts against the Giants, having allowed just one run in each of his last 4 outings against San Francisco.
Yesterday’s 5-3 win over the Giants was a virtual blowout for the Marlins. Each of their first 4 wins against San Fran this year had been one-run games. Overall, Miami’s already posted 11 one-run wins and a major league-high 17 come-from-behind victories.
After going 4-2 against the Giants last season, Miami is 5-1 this year with one to go, winning consecutive season series from San Francisco for the first time ever.
If you doubt Omar Infante has the best all-around numbers of any second baseman in the National League to this point in 2012, check this out. http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/batting/_/position/2b/league/nl
Don’t forget to cast your All-Star ballots either at Marlins.com or on your next visit to Marlins Park.
And from the Fish Tales editorial board, this message: the All-Star Home Run Derby will be an absolute joke if Giancarlo Stanton is not invited to participate.
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