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STAT OF THE DAY (4/25 at NYM)

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Following a day off yesterday, the Marlins return to action tonight with the opening game of a 3-game series against the Mets at Citi Field.

Christian Yelich will look to extend his hitting streak to 18 consecutive games tonight.

Having hit safely in 17 in a row, Yelich has matched Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox (March 31-April 18) for the longest streak in Baseball so far in 2014.

The 22-year-old is now the owner of the longest April hitting streak in Marlins history.

He’s one of 15 Marlins all-time to hit safely in at least 17 in a row. With a hit tonight, he’ll become one of 12 to record a hit in 18 consecutive games.

The streak is the longest by a Marlin since Jose Reyes hit safely in 26 games in a row in 2012. That matches the 2nd-longest streak in franchise history. Luis Castillo holds the club record with a 35-game hitting streak in 2002.

During his current streak, Yelich has posted a .366/.438/.451 slash line with 4 doubles, a triple and 4 RBI.

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The Marlins and Mets go head-to-head for the first time in 2014 at 7:10 tonight. Our coverage on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network begins at 6:40 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/

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.

WOOD YOU BELIEVE THIS?

I can’t help but be fascinated by the Alex Wood angle of tonight’s remarkable pitchers duel in Atlanta. On any other night, Wood would have made headlines with a career-high 11 strikeouts over 8 innings in which he limited the Marlins to one run on 4 hits with no walks.

Unfortunately for Wood, he allowed a 4th-inning RBI single to Casey McGehee, and he was pitching opposite Jose Fernandez, who worked 8 innings of 3-hit shutout ball with no walks and 14 K’s, leading the Marlins to a 1-0 victory.

“It kind of (stinks) being on the wrong end of it,” Wood said. “But that’s as fun as it gets for me.”

For Wood, it was a 2nd consecutive start in which he worked 8 innings and allowed just one run, only to lose 1-0. He also did so last Thursday in Philadelphia.

Wood is now 2-3 on the season despite a 1.54 ERA, as the Braves have scored a total of 3 runs in his 3 2014 losses.

Interestingly, the lack of run support for Wood carries back to his 2 starts against the Marlins in 2013, both of which came at Turner Field opposite Nathan Eovaldi.

On August 10 of last season, Wood worked 6 innings of 2-hit shutout ball with one walk and 7 K’s only to get a no-decision in a game the Marlins won 1-0 on a Jordan Walden wild pitch in the top of the 9th.

On September 1 of last season, the Braves again failed to score a run in a Wood start against the Marlins, although he was tagged for 7 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in just 2.1 innings in a 7-0 loss.

So for Alex Wood: 3 career starts against the Marlins, and the Braves have been shut out in all 3 games as the Marlins starters in those 3 contests combined to work 23 scoreless innings, limiting Atlanta to 11 hits and 5 walks with 28 K’s.

If the rotations for both clubs hold, we ought to get Fernandez-Wood II at Marlins Park in the opening game of the next homestand next Tuesday night.

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 my 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 (4/20 vs. SEA)

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With their early-season production, Adeiny Hechavarria and Marcell Ozuna have the Marlins jumping for joy.

One of the challenges for any major league manager early in a season is finding where certain players fit best in the batting order. Marlins skipper Mike Redmond has to be very encouraged by the opening-month production he’s seen from Marcell Ozuna hitting near the top of the lineup and from Adeiny Hechavarria near the bottom.

Ozuna, who launched a 3-run homer and matched his career best with 4 RBI in last night ‘a 7-0 win over the Mariners, has taken off since being inserted into the 2 hole, presumably in part because he’s seeing better pitches to hit batting in front of Giancarlo Stanton.

Ozuna hits 2nd against the Mariners this afternoon for the 5th consecutive game and for the 7th time in his last 8 starts after hitting 6th, 7th or 8th to begin the year.

While he’s not necessarily your prototypical 2-hole hitter, with his light-tower power and a propensity to strike out, the 23-year-old center fielder has batted .407 (11-for-27) with a 1.006 OPS out of the 2 spot. He has 2 doubles, a homer, 6 RBI and 7 runs scored in the 6 games.

As for Hechavarria, who had his 4th game of the season with at least 3 hits last night, we’ve seen him hit 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th already this season. He’ll hit 6th for the first time this afternoon.

In 5 games batting in the top 2 spots, the Miami shortstop has hit just .227 (5-for-22) with a double, no walks and 2 runs scored.

In 13 games hitting 7th or 8th, the 25-year-old Hechavarria has batted .362 (17-for-47) with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 3 RBI, 4 walks and 9 runs scored.

Redmond has said on many occasions he envisions Hechavarria as a top-of-the-lineup table setter in the years ahead as he refine his approach at the plate. And the Marlins manager has also said Ozuna profiles as a long-term middle-of-the-order force with further seasoning.

But for now, both Hechavarria and Ozuna are flourishing in their current roles, both key contributors to an offense that ranks 2nd in the National League and 3rd in all of Baseball in runs scored.

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The Marlins look to complete a 3-game sweep of the Mariners and close out a 4-2 homestand at 1:10 this afternoon. Our coverage on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network begins at 12:40 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/

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 (4/19 vs. SEA)

With his 2nd 5-RBI game in 3 games last night, Giancarlo Stanton ran his major league-leading RBI total to 26 through only 17 games. He knocked in 27 runs in his previous 3 Aprils in the big leagues combined (63 games).

Stanton drove in 2 runs on Opening Night, March 31, so technically, he has 24 RBI in April with 10 games remaining.

Stanton’s career high for RBI in a month is 30, set in May of 2012.

The major league record for RBI through the end of April (including any games that may have been played in March) is 36, set by Juan Gonzalez of the Rangers in 1998 and matched by Mark McGwire of the Cardinals in 1998.

The major league record for RBI solely in the month of April (not counting games played in March) is 35 by Gonzalez in ’98. The NL mark of 32 April RBI is shared by Barry Bonds with the Giants in 1996, McGwire in ’98 and Albert Pujols with the Cardinals in 2006.

The Marlins club record for RBI in April (and also through the end of April) is 30, set by Moises Alou in 1997.

The club high for RBI in any single month is 33, established by Hanley Ramirez in June of 2009.

In case you’re wondering, Giancarlo’s got a long way to go to run down the modern (post 1900) big league high for RBI in any calendar month. Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio knocked in 53 runs in August of 1939. The modern NL record for RBI in a month is 47, set by New York Giants Hall of Famer Mel Ott in June of 1929.

And, as I Tweeted last night, with 26 RBI through only 17 games, Stanton is already 30 percent of the way to his full-season career high in RBI of 87, posted in 2011.

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The Marlins and the Mariners continue their series tonight at 7:10. Our coverage on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network begins at 6:40 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/

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 (4/18 vs. SEA)

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Here’s today’s lesson in Sabermetrics:

Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) is a statistic devised to measure the results a pitcher can control: strikeouts, walks, hit by pitches and home runs. It has nothing to do with the quality of a defense behind a pitcher and nothing to do with the luck involved with balls put in play turning into hits or outs.

According to Fangraphs.com, an average FIP is around 4.00 (the lower the better), and 2.90 is considered excellent.

So far in 2014, tonight’s Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi has a 2.06 FIP (19 strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 hit batter and 1 home run allowed in 19.1 IP). That ranks Eovaldi 2nd to only Atlanta’s Ervin Santana (1.97) in the National League.

For context, during his remarkable 2013 Rookie of the Year campaign, Jose Fernandez finished 4th in the NL with a 2.73 FIP, behind Matt Harvey (2.00), Clayton Kershaw (2.39) and Adam Wainwright (2.55). 

If you’d like to really frighten someone at a party this weekend (and potentially be escorted to the door), you can memorize the formula for FIP:

FIP = ((13*HR)+(3*(BB+HBP))-(2*K))/IP + constant

The constant is designed to bring FIP onto an ERA scale and is generally around 3.20. It is derived by subtracting the league-average FIP in a given season from league-average ERA.

Hope you feel smarter now that you’ve read this. I do after writing it.

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Eovaldi puts that stellar FIP on the line tonight as he and the Marlins open a 3-game interleague home series against the Seattle Mariners at 7:10. Our coverage on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network begins at 6:40 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/

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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