HAPPY PI DAY!

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On this Pi Day, a look at a few ways the number 3.14 (or variations thereof) factors into Marlins franchise history:

Two qualifying Marlins have hit .314 in a single season: Gary Sheffield in 1996 and Luis Castillo in 2003

Two qualifying Marlins have posted a 3.14 ERA in a single season: Braden Looper in 2002 and Matt Lindstrom in 2008.

Two Marlins posted .314 on-base percentages during their time in Miami: Mike Jacobs and Omar Infante.

The Marlins’ all-time saves leader Robb Nen pitched 314 innings during his time with the club.

An All-Star during the Marlins’ inaugural season, Bryan Harvey faced 314 hitters during his time with the club at the conclusion of his big league career.

The only Marlins player born on 3/14 was Kevin Brown, who was named to the NL All-Star team in both of his seasons with the Fish (1996 and 1997), helping the club to the 1997 World Series championship. The righthander was 33-19 with a 2.30 ERA in 65 career starts for the Marlins and was the runner-up in NL Cy Young voting in 1996.

As for memorable happenings on March 14 in Marlins history, Brad Penny was suspended for the first 5 regular season games on 3/14/03 after hitting Montreal’s Vladimir Guerrero in the chest with a pitch in a Spring Training game earlier in the week. Bat in hand, Guerrero charged the mound. Vlad was restrained by catcher Matt Treanor but would receive a 3-game suspension of his own.

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JOSE AND HARVEY

Jose Harvey

With staff aces Jose Fernandez of the Marlins and Matt Harvey of the Mets both working their way back from Tommy John surgery, I was struck by some of the statistical similarities (and some of the differences) in their careers to date, with both pitchers entering 2015 having made exactly 36 major league starts.

In looking at the numbers, remember that Jose, who was drafted out of high school, will only be 22-years-old on Opening Day, while Harvey–a college draft pick–will be 26 when the season begins.

CAREER TOTALS THROUGH 36 MAJOR LEAGUE STARTS

FERNANDEZ 16-8, 2.25 ERA…224.1 IP, 5.9 H/9 IP, 2.8 BB/9 IP, 10.3 K/9 IP, 0.972 WHIP

.183 AVG, .253 OBP, .273 SLG, .525 OPS

HARVEY      12-10, 2.39 ERA…237.2 IP, 6.7 H/9 IP, 2.2 BB/9 IP, 9.9 K/9 IP, 0.985 WHIP

.207 AVG, .260 OBP, .296 SLG, .556 OPS

While Harvey has averaged more innings pitched per start (almost 6 2/3 per outing compared to Jose’s almost 6 1/3), and Harvey has walked fewer hitters on average (2.2 per 9 innings as opposed to Jose’s 2.8 per 9), Fernandez enjoys the edge in win-loss record, ERA, hits allowed per 9 innings, strikeouts per 9 innings and WHIP (walks + hits / innings pitched) as well as in opponents average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS (on-base + slugging).

Beyond those numbers, the Marlins are 23-13, good for a .639 winning percentage, in Fernandez’s 36 career starts, while the Mets are 16-20 (.444) in Harvey’s 36 starts.

Jose is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his 4 career starts against the Mets, while the Marlins are 3-1 in those games. The lone loss came on a 9th-inning blown save in Jose’s 2013 major league debut at Citi Field.

Harvey is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in his 4 career starts against the Marlins, with the Mets having lost all 4 of the games.

Miami has won both of the 2 games in which the young aces have started opposite each other, with Jose going 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in the 2 games and Harvey registering an 0-1 record with a 3.75 ERA.

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LONG DISTANCE MEMORIES

Stanton at Cage

Just putting together some notes on Giancarlo Stanton’s 2014 home runs. Here’s some fun stuff (all info culled from ESPN Stats and Info Group’s Hittrackeronline.com):

Stanton’s average 2014 home run traveled 415.3 feet. No major leaguer who hit more than 20 homers had a longer average distance.

There were 50 home runs in all of Baseball that traveled at least 450 feet last season. Giancarlo hit 7 of them.

10 teams didn’t hit a single long ball that traveled at least 450 feet.

No other team had more than the Giants’ 5 and the Blue Jays’ 4.

The Angels, Dodgers, Cubs and Royals hit 3, and the Red Sox, Braves, D-Backs, Twins, Rockies, Brewers and Athletics hit 2.

Outside of Stanton’s 7, only 4 major leaguers hit as many as 2 homers of at least 450 feet: Michael Morse of the Giants, Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays, Billy Butler of the Royals and Justin Upton of the Braves.

The only other Marlins to go 450 in 2014: Marcell Ozuna went 462 off Yovani Gallardo September 8 at Milwaukee, and Justin Bour went 450 on the nose with his first big league long ball September 19 vs. Washington off Doug Fister.

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SPRING IS ON THE AIR

With the start of Spring Training games just around the corner, here’s a look at our 15-game Marlins Spring Training radio broadcast schedule:

Tuesday, March 3 vs. University of Miami (1:05 p.m.)

Thursday, March 5 vs. St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)

Sunday, March 8 at St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 10 vs. Washington Nationals (1:05 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 11 vs. New York Mets (1:05 p.m.)

Friday, March 13 vs. St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 17 vs. St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 18 vs. Washington Nationals (1:05 p.m.)

Thursday, March 19 at Atlanta Braves (1:05 p.m.)

Monday, March 23 vs. New York Mets (1:05 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 24 vs. Boston Red Sox (1:05 p.m.)

Saturday, March 28 vs. Houston Astros (1:05 p.m.)

Monday, March 30 at New York Mets (1:10 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 31 at St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 1 vs. Washington Nationals (1:05 p.m.)

All broadcasts will air on flagship station AM 940 WINZ and MLB.com’s Gameday Audio. Select broadcasts may also be available on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

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DUNN DEAL

Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

Mike Dunn and the Marlins agreed to a 2-year, $5.8 million contract Sunday to avoid salary arbitration. As I do my preparation for the 2015 season, here are a few notes I’ve put together, some things you might not have realized about the lefthander, heading into his 5th season in Miami.

BUSY MAN: Dunn’s 150 appearances over the last 2 seasons lead the National League and rank 2nd in the majors to only Cleveland’s Cody Allen (153). Since joining the Marlins in 2011, Dunn ranks 8th in the major leagues and 3rd in the NL with 282 appearances. Only Tyler Clippard (293) and Matt Belisle (282) have pitched in more games in the NL over the last 4 seasons.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Dunn’s 282 appearances for the Marlins over the last 4 seasons trail only Braden Looper and Antonio Alfonseca in club history. Looper pitched in 368 games from 1999-2003, while Alfonseca pitched in 307 games from 1997-2005. Dunn needs 26 appearances in 2015 to pass Alfonseca for 2nd place. He begins the season 86 games shy of matching Looper’s franchise record.

THE VULTURE: Dunn’s 10 relief wins last season were the most in a single season by a Marlin. Edward Mujica won 9 games out of the bullpen in 2012, and Robb Nen won 9 in 1997. The 10 relief victories matched Tony Watson of the Pirates for most in the majors in 2014. The last major leaguer to post more than 10 relief wins in a season was Tyler Clippard, who earned 11 wins for the Nationals in 2010.

MAKING THE MOST OF HIS TIME: Dunn’s 10 wins in 2014 were the most in major league history by a pitcher (starter or reliever) who threw fewer than 60 innings in a season. Dunn earned his 10 wins over 57 innings. The previous low was 61 innings pitched by Jose Arredondo of the Angels en route to 10 wins in 2008. Before Dunn, the fewest innings any Marlin had thrown to reach at least 10 wins was 114 1/3 by Anibal Sanchez during his 2006 rookie season. At 10-6, Dunn was the first big league pitcher to ever record as many as 16 decisions in a season in which he threw so few innings. The previous low was held by the Yankees’ Johnny Murphy, who went 12-4 over 68 innings in 1943.

SOUTHPAW SAVIOR: Dunn’s 4 career saves are surpassed by 20 pitchers in Marlins history, but they match the most ever by a Marlins lefty. Taylor Tankersley saved 4 games for the Marlins between 2006 and 2010.

EVERYTHING’S UNDER CONTROL: One of the keys to Dunn’s success over the last 2 seasons has been improved control. He averaged 5.7 walks per 9 innings from his major league debut in 2009 through 2012. Over the last 2 seasons, he’s lowered that average to 3.6 walks per 9 innings, walking a then career-best 3.7 per 9 in 2013, then bettering that mark with 3.5 walks per 9 innings last season.

HE DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE: Having always been tough on lefthanders, who’ve hit .220 against him in his career, Dunn was actually slightly tougher on righties in 2014. A season ago, righthanders batted .219, while lefties hit .220.

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