STAT OF THE DAY (MAY 18 at SF)

The Marlins today conclude a stretch in which they will have played 20 games in 20 days with 11 of the 20 having come on the road, with 13 of the 20 having been against teams that are currently above .500 and with 7 of the 20 coming against current division leaders.

When this stretch began on April 29, the Marlins were 11-14, last in the NL East and 6 ½ games out of first place. Now, 19 games later, they’ve gone 12-7 and find themselves tied for 2nd in the division, just a half-game out of first.

In the last 19 games, Miami is 3-0 against the Braves, 3-3 against the Dodgers, 3-0 against the Mets, 1-3 against the Padres and 2-1 against the Giants.

Over the 19 games, Miami has batted .272 as a team, up from .255 through the season’s first 25 games. The Marlins have slammed 26 homers in the 19 games (21 in the first 25), and the Marlins have averaged 5.0 runs per game over the last 19 (4.3 runs per game in the first 25).

On the pitching side, the Marlins have a 3.94 staff ERA over the last 19 games after posting a 3.53 mark in the first 25 games.

With a win this afternoon in San Francisco, the Marlins would have won 4 of 5 on the road (including the last 3 in a row) after starting 3-15 away from Marlins Park.

The Marlins wrap up this 11-game road trip at 4:05 today, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 3:35 with Marlins On Deck. A full 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/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

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