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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STAT OF THE DAY (AUGUST 23 at COL)

Marlins outfielders Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton combined to go 8-for-13 with a double, a home run, 8 RBI, 7 runs scored and 4 walks in last night 13-5 victory over the Rockies.

Overall this season, Yelich (22-years-old), Ozuna (23) and Stanton (24) have made 349 out of a possible 381 starts in the outfield for Miami (91.6%) and have combined to give the Marlins the most productive offensive outfield in all of Baseball in 2014.

Here’s how the Marlins outfield stacks up collectively against the rest of Major League Baseball in several offensive categories:

WAR #2 in MLB at 12.2 (LAA, 12.3)
HR #2 in MLB with 61 (COL, 63)
RBI #1 in MLB with 216
AVG #4 in MLB at .277 (COL, .284; PIT, .280; BAL, .278)
OBP #1 in MLB at .354
SLG #2 in MLB at .468 (COL, .475)
OPS #1 in MLB at .819
BB #1 in MLB with 177

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The Marlins look for their 10th win in 14 games tonight as they again battle the Rockies at 8:10 Miami time, and you can catch all of the action on 610 AM WIOD in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale 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/

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STAT OF THE DAY (AUGUST 22 at COL)

Giancarlo Stanton this weekend takes his National League MVP campaign to Coors Field, a ballpark where he’s enjoyed tremendous success in the past.

Stanton has batted .333 (13-for-39) with 4 doubles, 7 homers and 13 RBI in his 11 career games on Blake Street, including home runs in each of the first 6 games he played in the park in 2011 and 2012.

Stanton hit 3 homers in 3 games at Coors in 2011, 3 more in 4 games there in 2012 and one in 4 games in Denver in 2013.

The longest home run of his career is a 494-foot blast to center field off the Rockies’ Josh Roenicke that he hit at Coors Field on August 17, 2012. See video: http://m.mlb.com/video/v23980563/miacol-stanton-hammers-a-solo-blast-to-center/?c_id=mlb

Stanton’s 7 homers at Coors have averaged 459 feet, that’s just over 6/10 of a mile’s worth of home runs in the Mile High City.

Here’s a look at Stanton’s 7 Coors Field long balls:

August 15, 2011 474 feet off Kevin Milwood
August 16, 2011 433 feet off Edgmer Escalona
August 17, 2011 466 feet off Aaron Cook
August 16, 2012 456 feet off Adam Ottavino
August 17, 2012 494 feet off Josh Roenicke
August 18, 2012 465 feet off Tyler Chatwood
July 23, 2013 427 feet off Josh Outman

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The Marlins begin a 9-game road trip tonight with the first of 3 against the Rockies at 8:40 Miami time, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 8:10 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 20 vs. TEX)

With last night’s 4-3 victory over the Rangers, the Marlins improved to 12-4 in Interleague Play with 4 games remaining against American League foes.

They close out their series with Texas today and play 3 in Anaheim next week.

To this point, only the Royals (15-4) and Yankees (13-7) have more Interleague victories than Miami in 2014, though they’ve both played more games.

Only Kansas City (.789) has a higher Interleague winning percentage,

The Marlins’ 12 wins match their most ever against the AL in a single season. Miami went 12-3 in 1997 and 12-6 in 2001.

The .750 winning percentage in 2014 Interleague games stands as the Marlins’ 2nd-best behind their .800 mark in 1997.

Since Interleague Play was introduced in ’97, the Marlins are 161-145 (.526) against the AL, giving Miami the most Interleague wins and the highest winning percentage of any National League club. The Braves are 2nd in both departments at 155-141 (.524).

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6-2 on their 9-game homestand, the Marlins go in search of a 2-game sweep of the Rangers and their 9th win in 12 games overall today at 12:40, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 12:10 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 19 vs. TEX)

The Marlins’ first run tonight against Texas will be their 500th of the season in game 125. They’ll be the 6th NL team to reach 500 runs this season after managing a total of only 513 runs in 162 games in 2013, when they ranked last in Baseball in runs scored and virtually every other offensive category.

The Marlins Sunday exploded for 10 runs on 12 hits in their 10-3 win that gave them 3 out of 4 from the Diamondbacks. It was the first time in 78 games the Marlins had scored 10 or more runs, having last turned the trick May 21 vs. Philadelphia.

The Marlins will hope to keep the offense clicking along as they play their next 5 games against Texas and Colorado, who, respectively, rank 29th and 30th in MLB in team ERA. The Rangers are last in the AL at 4.79, while Colorado brings up the rear in the NL at 4.98.

The Rockies have allowed a big league-high 652 runs, while the Rangers have allowed the 2nd-most runs in baseball, most in the AL, at 629.

Opponents hit a major league-high .280 against Texas pitching and an NL-high .277 against Colorado.

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5-2 on their 9-game homestand, the Marlins go in search of their 8th win in 11 games overall tonight as they host the Rangers in the first of a quick 2-game series 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/

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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