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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

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What a difference a year makes.

Hopefully, after 100 losses in 2013, we’ll be saying that at the end of the season too, but as you look at the Marlins’ 2014 Opening Day roster, which was made official this afternoon, it certainly holds true to begin the year.

Only 9 players who were on the Opening Day 25-man roster a season ago, 5 pitchers and 4 position players, will be there tomorrow night when the Marlins take the field against the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park.

Jose Fernandez, Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn, A.J. Ramos and Kevin Slowey are the pitchers who were with the club when they rang in the new year in Washington in 2013. The only 4 returning position players are Giancarlo Stanton, Adeiny Hechavarria, Donovan Solano and Gregg Dobbs.

Only 2 players who were in the lineup on Opening Day last year will be among Mike Redmond’s starting 9 tomorrow night: Stanton in right field and Hechavarria at shortstop.

For old time’s sake, here’s the lineup that was held to 3 hits and no runs by Stephen Strasburg and the Nats in last season’s opener:

Juan Pierre, LF (free agent)

Chris Coghlan, CF (Cubs, AAA)

Giancarlo Stanton, RF

Placido Polanco, 3B (free agent)

Rob Brantly, C (New Orleans)

Donovan Solano, 2B

Casey Kotchman, 1B (free agent)

Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

Ricky Nolasco, P (Twins)

One thing that stands out when you look at the 25-man roster is its youth. 10 of the 25 players are 24-years-old or younger, including 4 of the 5 members of the season-opening starting rotation, all three starting outfielders and the regular shortstop.

The 2014 Marlins begin the year with only 7 players who are 30 or older. Carlos Marmol (31) is the only 30-something on the pitching staff (27-year-old Tom Koehler is the only starting pitcher older than 24). 

The club’s senior position players are Reed Johnson (37), Gregg Dobbs (35), Jeff Baker (32), Garrett Jones (32), Casey McGehee (31) and Jeff Mathis (31 tomorrow). Among those 6, only Jones and McGehee are expected to be regular starters.

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THIS AND THAT

A few numbers I’ve thrown together as we get set for a 12:40 first pitch at Marlins Park, with the Marlins looking for a win to close out a 5-1 homestand:

With a win today, the Marlins would sweep the Cubs in a series of 3 or more games for the first time since 2007.

A look at the Marlins’ home-road offensive splits, having now played 6 games at Marlins Park and 6 games away from home:

HOME: .275 AVG, .341 OBP, .415 SLG, 5 RPG, 5 HR

ROAD: .236 AVG, .274 OBP, .404 SLG, 3.5 RPG, 6 HR

The Marlins established season highs with 9 runs and 14 hits in last night’s 9-1 win over the Cubs.  They’ve scored 5 runs or more in 4 of their last 5 games after scoring a total of 20 runs through their first 7, averaging fewer than 3 per game to open the year.

The Marlins have gone deep 5 times in the last 3 games, after connecting for only 6 homers in their first 9.

Having homered in 3 consecutive games for the 6th time in his career, Hanley has run his career long ball total to 138, tying Miguel Cabrera for 3rd in Marlins history. He trails only Dan Uggla (154) and Mike Lowell (143).

With 9 hits in his last 15 AB’s (including 3 homers and 10 RBI in that span), Hanley is batting .283 with 4 homers and 12 RBI through his first 12 games.  A season ago, he batted .200 in 23 April contests with no homers and 9 RBI.

With Emilio Bonifacio leading the way with 7 steals in 7 attempts, one shy of NL leader Dee Gordon of the Dodgers, the Marlins are tied with the Braves and Phillies for the NL lead with 12 stolen bases, while being caught only 3 times.

Bonifacio has reached base at least once in all 12 games this season. He’s 8th in the league with a .444 OBP and has 5 multiple-hit games, including a pair in the last 2 nights.

No Marlins pitcher has a sacrifice bunt yet. The Marlins’ only successful sac bunt was dropped down by Chris Coghlan.

Up next: a 6-game trip to Washington and New York.  The pitching match-ups for the Nats series are Carlos Zambrano-Ross Detwiler Friday night, Anibal Sanchez-Stephen Strasburg Saturday afternoon and Josh Johnson-Gio Gonzalez on Sunday.  Looking ahead to the Mets series, which begins Tuesday night at Citi Field, we should get Mark Buehrle-R.A. Dickey on Tuesday, Ricky Nolasco-Jonathan Niese on Wednesday and Carlos Zambrano-Mike Pelfrey in the Thursday road trip finale.

Then, it’s home for 4 against the D-Backs before we hit the road for 9 games in San Francisco, San Diego and Houston. So after today’s game, the Marlins play 15 of their next 19 away from Marlins Park.

Gonna miss this place!

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