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STAT OF THE DAY (SEPT. 16 at NYM)

With the Marlins improving to 6-2 in games started by Jarred Cosart last night, here’s a look at the club’s record in games started by each of the 13 pitchers who have made a start for Miami in 2014:

Kevin Slowey 2-0 (1.000)

Jarred Cosart 6-2 (.750)

Brad Penny 3-1 (.750)

Henderson Alvarez 18-9 (.667)

Jose Fernandez 5-3 (.625)

Jacob Turner 6-6 (.500)

Tom Koehler 14-16 (.467)

Anthony DeSclafani 2-3 (.400)

Brad Hand 5-9 (.357)

Nathan Eovaldi 10-20 (.333)

Andrew Heaney 1-3 (.250)

Randy Wolf 1-3 (.250)

Brian Flynn 0-1 (.000)

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The Marlins go in search of their 3rd win in a row when they play the middle game of their 3-game series in New York tonight at 7:10, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:40 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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STAT OF THE DAY (SEPT. 15 at NYM)

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Marlins yesterday became the first team in Baseball to win twice in 2014 when trailing by 3 runs or more in the 9th inning or later. Miami also turned the trick July 28 against the Nationals.

Before 2014, the Marlins had pulled off that feat only once in the last 6 seasons, in an 11-inning 9-6 win at Washington on April 18, 2009.

Yesterday’s amazing finish in Philadelphia probably should not have come as a surprise.

The Marlins and Phillies have played 16 times this season with 13 of the meetings being decided by 3 runs or fewer. Miami is 4-9 in those games, and 3-0 in games decided by 4 runs or more.

9 of the 16 meetings have been decided by one run (Miami is 4-5), 2 have been decided by 2 runs (0-2), and 2 have been decided by 3 runs (0-2).

Including Saturday’s contest, 4 of the games have gone to extra innings (the Marlins are 1-3), and 5 have been decided in walk-off fashion (2-3).

The Marlins and Phillies conclude their remarkable season series with 3 games at Marlins Park next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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The Marlins’ 3-city road trip moves on to New York tonight for the first of 3 against the Mets at 7:10, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:40 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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STAT OF THE DAY (SEPT. 12 at PHI)

Marcell Ozuna last night tied a club record, as he became the 7th player in Marlins history to homer in 4 consecutive games.

The others to do so: Kurt Abbott (1994), Preston Wilson (2000), Miguel Cabrera (2004), Hee-Seop Choi (2004), Josh Willingham (2008) and Giancarlo Stanton (2011).

The 23-year-old is one of only 9 major leaguers to homer in at least 4 games in a row in 2014. Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, Caleb Joseph of the Orioles and Devin Mesoraco of the Reds have gone deep in 5 consecutive games.

Ozuna joins Josh Harrison of the Pirates, George Springer of the Astros, Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers, Melky Cabrera of the Blue Jays and Mark Trumbo of the D-Backs in homering in 4 straight.

Among all big leaguers 23 and younger, Ozuna ranks 2nd to only Mike Trout with his 23 overall home runs (Trout has 32 for the Angels). And he ranks 2nd to only Trout with his 85 RBI (Trout has 103).

In his first full big league season, Ozuna is tied for 5th in the National League with 85 RBI, trailing only his teammate Giancarlo Stanton (105), Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers (102), Justin Upton of the Braves (96) and Ryan Howard of the Phillies (92).

His 23 long balls are tied for 8th in the league behind only Stanton (37), Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs (30), Upton (27), Lucas Duda of the Mets (27), Marlon Byrd of the Phillies (25), Todd Frazier of the Reds (25) and Adam LaRoche of the Nationals (24).

That leaves Stanton and Upton as the only 2 NL players with more homers AND more RBI than Ozuna.

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The Marlins continue their road trip with the first of 3 in Philadelphia at 7:05, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:35 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/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

STAT OF THE DAY (SEPT. 10 at MIL)

A handful of numbers to illustrate the Marlins’ propensity to pull out tight ballgames, as they did once more last night in Milwaukee:

Last night marked the 16th time this season the Marlins have won a game that was tied after 8 innings, most in Major League Baseball.

The Marlins have played 55 one-run games, tied with Pittsburgh for most in the majors, winning a ML-high 32 and posting a ML-best .582 winning percentage in games decided by a single run.

The Marlins have also won 10 games in which they trailed at the start of the 8th.

Miami has won 11 games in walk-off fashion, tied with the Indians and Padres for most in the majors.

The Marlins’ 9 extra-inning victories are tied for 3rd-most in the NL.

Additionally, and somewhat unrelated to the theme of the other numbers, Miami is 34-35 (493) this season against teams with winning records. Among NL clubs, only St. Louis (41-34, .547) and San Francisco (30-28, .517) have posted better winning percentages against above-.500 foes.

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The Marlins battle the Brewers as they go in search of their 4th victory in a row at 8:10, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 7:40 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/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

GIANCARLO CLOSES IN ON BASEBALL HISTORY

With less than 3 weeks to go in the season, time to look again at a note I researched a few weeks ago, detailing just how historic Giancarlo Stanton’s 2014 season has a chance to be.

The 24-year-old slugged his league-leading 37th home run last night in Milwaukee, driving in his NL-best 105th run. Giancarlo leads Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs by 7 home runs and Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers by 5 RBI in his quest to become the first Marlin to ever lead the National League in either of those categories, let alone both in the same season.

Now here’s where things get truly historic (even forgetting for a second he also leads the league in WAR, slugging percentage, OPS, extra-base hits, total bases, walks, home run ratio and RBI ratio, while currently ranking 2nd in OBP):

The last major league player to lead his league in both home runs and RBI at the age of 24 or younger was 23-year-old Jose Canseco, who hit 42 long balls and drove in 124 at the age of 23 for the A’s in 1988.

The last National Leaguer to turn the trick was Reds Hall of Famer Johnny Bench who, at the age of 24, led the NL with 40 homers and 125 RBI in 1972. Bench had also previously achieved the feat at the age of 20 in 1970.

Here’s the complete list of players who have led their league in both home runs and RBI in the same season before the age of 25 (age as of June 30). Note that every player on the list except for Canseco is a member of the Hall of Fame:

Jose Canseco (OAK) in 1988 at age 24
Johnny Bench (CIN) in 1972 at age 22
Johnny Bench (CIN) in 1970 at age 20
Orlando Cepeda (SF) in 1961 at age 23
Henry Aaron (MIL) in 1957 at age 23
Mickey Mantle (NYY) in 1956 at age 24
Ted Williams (BOS) in 1942 at age 23
Hank Greenberg (DET) in 1935 at age 24
Jimmie Foxx (PHA) in 1932 at age 24
Babe Ruth (BOS) in 1919 at age 24

The last player 24 or younger to lead his league in homers (but not RBI) was Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder, who slugged 50 at the age of 23 in 2007.

The last player 24 or younger to lead his league in RBI (but not home runs) was Matt Williams of the Giants, who knocked in 122 at age 24 in 1990.

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

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