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MARLINS HOT STOVE

I’ve got 2 action-packed hours of baseball talk for you tonight on Marlins Hot Stove from 7-9 p.m. on 940 WINZ, iHeart Radio and Marlins.com/Hot Stove.

My guests include Marlins pitching coach Chuck Hernandez and first baseman Justin Bour. Kyle Sielaff has a fascinating conversation with long-time major league umpire and current Umpiring Observer Steve Rippley, and I’ll preview the 2015 Washington Nationals with one of their radio play-by-play voices Dave Jageler.

We’ll also discuss the latest news around Major League Baseball, and I hope you’ll participate in tonight’s show as well. Among the topics on the table: recent discussions about trying to speed up the pace of major league games. Tweet me your opinions or your questions or, better yet, call in when we open the phone lines during our second hour.

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 delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And join me for Marlins Hot Stove talk every Monday night from 7-9 p.m. on AM 940 WINZ, iHeart Radio and Marlins.com/HotStove.

FIRING UP THE HOT STOVE

KoehlerI’ve got a jam-packed 2 hours of Marlins Hot Stove talk for you from 7-9 tonight.

Over the course of the 2 hours, I’ll talk with Marlins first base coach and infield instructor extraordinaire Perry Hill (below) as well as Marlins righthander Tom Koehler (right).

I’ll discuss my outside-the-box proposal for a 2015 Marlins batting order, which you can read at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2015/01/10/shuffling-the-lineup-card/

Former Marlin and current MLB Network Analyst Cliff Floyd shares his thoughts on the moves the Marlins have made this winter.

Our coverage of the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2015 includes a Kyle Sielaff conversation with our own Hall of Famer, Dave Van Horne. Dave was the voice of the Montreal Expos when Hall of Fame electee Pedro Martinez broke through in the big leagues, and he’ll share some terrific memories of a young Pedro beginPerry Hillning on the road to Cooperstown.

And I’ll begin a series on the Marlins’ rivals in the National League East Division with a look at the New York Mets, talking with Mets radio broadcaster Josh Lewin.

Marlins Hot Stove airs every Monday night throughout the offseason on 940 WINZ. You can also listen live on iHeart Radio and at Marlins.com/HotStove.

If you want to get caught up on what you’ve missed to this point throughout the winter–guests like Michael Hill, Dan Jennings, Mike Redmond, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Steve Cishek, Dee Gordon, Michael Morse, Mat Latos, Jack McKeon and more–all of our Marlins Hot Stove shows are archived at Marlins.com/HotStove, and they’re also available as free podcasts on the iTunes Store.

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 delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And join me for Marlins Hot Stove talk every Monday night from 7-9 p.m. on AM 940 WINZ, iHeart Radio and Marlins.com/HotStove.

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.

That’s today’s Stat of the Day. To have the Stat of the Day delivered to you directly via e-mail, click the “Follow” button and enter your e-mail address.

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.

That’s today’s Stat of the Day. To have the Stat of the Day delivered to you directly via e-mail, click the “Follow” button and enter your e-mail address.

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.

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