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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.

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. 

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.

UP…UP…AND A LOOOOOOONG WAY AWAY

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Giancarlo Stanton last night launched his 5th home run of the season, a first-inning 3-run shot off Stephen Strasburg, to ignite a 15-hit barrage as the Marlins beat the Nationals 11-2.

Last night’s Stanton home run was measured at 457 feet by ESPN Stats and Information Group’s Home Run Tracker Web site, which, because of the scientific methods it uses to measure home run distances is now regarded as the most trust-worthy source available for long ball information.

Stanton has now hit 3 of the 4 longest home runs in Baseball in 2014:

 

484 feet, Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, April 4 vs. SD

477 feet, Justin Upton, ATL, April 10 vs. NYM

469 feet, Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, 4/12 at PHI

457 feet, Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, 4/15 vs. WAS

453 feet, Buster Posey, SF, 3/31 at ARI

 

Among big leaguers with at least 3 home runs this season, Stanton’s average home run distance of 445.4 feet is easily the best in the game. Mike Napoli of the Red Sox is 2nd, with his 3 homers averaging 428.3 feet.

With 3 long balls in excess of 450 feet this season, Stanton has 18 career homers that have traveled at least that far.

The Stanton home run last night was the 122nd of his big league career, moving the 24-year-old into a tie with Gary Sheffield for 6th on the Marlins’ all-time home run list.

Stanton is only 32 homers behind Miami’s career leader Dan Uggla, who hit his 154 in 272 more games than Stanton’s played to date.

Here’s a look at who Giancarlo is chasing on the Marlins home run list:

 

1. Dan Uggla 154 HR in 776 G
2. Hanley Ramirez 148 HR in 943 G
3. Mike Lowell 143 HR in 981 G
4. Miguel Cabrera 138 HR in 720 G
5. Derrek Lee 129 HR in 844 G
6. Giancarlo Stanton 122 HR in 504 G
Gary Sheffield 122 HR in 558 G
8. Jeff Conine 120 in HR 1,014 G

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 (4/12 AT PHI)

Nathan Eovaldi will be looking for a little help from his friends as he takes the mound in Philadelphia tonight.

The Marlins have scored a total of 6 runs in his first 2 starts of the season, an April 1 win over the Rockies and a loss to the Padres last Sunday. In 2013, the righthander received 2.96 runs per 9 innings of support, 3rd-lowest in all of Baseball among pitchers who made as many starts.

Since reaching the majors as a Dodger in 2011 through the end of the 2013 season, he received an average of 2.83 runs per 9 innings, the lowest by any pitcher who made as many starts over the last 3 seasons.

In 2013, the Marlins scored 2 runs or fewer in 9 of his 18 starts. Miami did not score a run with him in the game in 5 straight starts July 20-August 10. He had 3 no-decisions in starts in which he worked at least 6 scoreless innings and had a loss and 4 no-decisions in 5 starts in which he worked at least 6 innings and allowed one or no runs. A season ago, Eovaldi had a 1.85 ERA and allowed just a .187 AVG in his 8 no-decisions.

The Marlins look to put the brakes on a 5-game slide tonight at Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is at 7:05. You can join Dave Van Horne and me for all the action beginning with Marlins On Deck at 6:35 on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

STAT OF THE DAY (4/11 at PHI)

Tonight’s Phillies starting 9 is a collective 1-for-33 (.030) with 13 strikeouts against Jose Fernandez.

Among those Phils who’ve faced Jose:

Jimmy Rollins 1-7, 2 K’s

Chase Utley 0-6, 2 K

Ryan Howard 0-8, 4 K

Marlon Byrd 0-4, 3 K

Domonic Brown 0-6, 2 K

Carlos Ruiz 0-2

Tonight’s first pitch is at 7:05. You can catch all the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

PRE-GAME PREP

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A few notes to get you ready for this afternoon’s series finale in Washington, a radio exclusive on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network at 4:05:

This afternoon’s Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg makes his 15th career appearance vs. Miami today. Over his first 7 starts against the Marlins, the righthander was 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA. In his last 7, the Nats staff ace is 2-2 with a 6.97 ERA.

He’s been feast or famine vs. the Marlins over the years, allowing no runs in 7 of his 14 starts against Miami and only one in an 8th but allowing 5 runs or more in 5 innings or less in 4 other starts against the Marlins.

He’s allowed a career-high 7 runs in a start twice, both times against the Marlins. Strasburg gave up 9 hits in a 2012 start against Miami, matching his career-worst. His 2-inning outing vs. Miami last July 13 at Marlins Park was the shortest non-injury start of his career.

And here are your latest “that was then, this is now” Marlins offensive numbers through the season’s first 9 games:

2013: .217 AVG, .287 OBP, .283 SLG, 16 R, 15 extra-base hits, 2 HR

2014: .287 AVG, .352 OBP, .430 SLG, 49 R, 30 extra-base hits, 5 HR

The Marlins have scored 49 runs through 9 games, 3rd-most in the National League and 4th-most in all of baseball. A season ago, Miami didn’t score its 49th run until its 21st game.

Off to the ballpark. One more here, then we roll on to Philadelphia. Jose vs. A.J. Burnett tomorrow night. For more on Jose, check out my previous Fish Tales post “A Pair of Aces.”

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 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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