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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

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PLAYING THE NUMBERS GAME

Here are some random Marlins facts and figures I came up with 30 games into the season. Feel free to use them to amaze your friends…

The Marlins are 15-15, 1-7 against NL East rivals and 14-8 outside of the division.

Emilio Bonifacio has 27 hits, all singles. Not only does he lead the major leagues in total hits without a single extra-base hit, but the next 2 men on the list total only 27 hits. Emmanuel Burriss of the Giants has 14 hits, all singles, while Nyjer Morgan of the Brewers has 13.

How important is Jose Reyes as a table setter atop the Marlins’ lineup? The Marlins are 10-1 this season in games in which Reyes scores at least one run and 4-14 when he doesn’t score.

Not only do the Marlins lead the major leagues by a wide margin with 34 stolen bases (Oakland is 2nd with 28), but the club also leads all of baseball with an 85% success rate, caught only 6 times in 40 tries.  A season ago, the Marlins totaled 95 steals and were caught 41 times, just a 70% conversion rate. In 2011, the Marlins didn’t steal their 34th bases until June 26 (game #78).  They reached 35 steals on June 28 (game #80). At their current pace, they’d steal 184 bases. The club record is 177 in 2002. The Marlins last reached 100 steals in 2007.

13 of the Marlins’ first 30 games have decided by a single run. The Marlins are 7-6 in one-run games and had won 5 in a row before last night’s 3-2 loss to the Astros.  The Marlins are 4-1 in extra-inning games.

While tonight’s starter Josh Johnson is 0-3 with a 6.61 ERA and a .359 batting average against, the Marlins’ other 4 starting pitchers (Mark Buehrle, Ricky Nolasco, Carlos Zambrano and Anibal Sanchez) are a combined 9-6 with a 2.38 ERA and a .224 average against.

For all the talk about Marlins Park suppressing offense, a look at the Marlins’ home/road batting splits through their first 30 games shows the offense has been significantly more productive at Marlins Park than away from home: 

HOME: .255 AVG, .330 OBP, .397 SLG, 9 HR (0.8 per game), 4.2 RPG (46 R in 11 games)

ROAD: .212 AVG, .278 OBP, .361 SLG, 19 HR (1.0 per game), 3.2 RPG (60 R in 19 games)

Along those same lines, Marlins pitchers have fared significantly better AWAY from Marlins Park, again suggesting that there may be a little more offense in the new ballpark than you thought. Here are the numbers:

HOME: 3.58 ERA, .262 AVG, .345 OBP, .347 SLG, 4.3 RPG (47 R in 11 games)

ROAD: 2.96 ERA, .234 AVG, .288 OBP, .255 SLG, 3.2 RPG (60 R in 19 games)

Hanley Ramirez and Emilio Bonifacio are the only Marlins who have appeared in all 30 games so far. Only 5 Marlins ever have played in all 162: Jeff Conine in 1993, Derrek Lee in 2002 and Juan Pierre in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

This may not be the kind of offensive consistency you were looking for, but it IS offensive consistency: The Marlins are hitting .227 as a team. Their catchers are batting .230, their infielders .233 and their outfielders .232.

The Marlins have been slow starters at the plate so far, hitting .197 and scoring a total of only 28 runs in the first 3 innings of games this season.

The Marlins rank last in MLB with a .192 average with runners in scoring position (the ML average is .248), while Miami is also last with men in scoring position and 2 outs at .144 (the ML average is .232).

On the plus side, 30 games in the Marlins are 3rd in all of baseball with a 3.20 team ERA, trailing only the Nationals and Cardinals.

Miami starting pitchers rank 6th in MLB with a 3.07 cumulative ERA. In the National League, only the Philadelphia starting 5 has thrown more innings than the Marlins’. 

Miami’s 3.52 bullpen ERA is 5th in the NL and 10th in all of baseball. Only the Angels, Phillies and Giants have thrown fewer bullpen innings.

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THE FRANCHISE: A SEASON WITH THE MIAMI MARLINS (Full Preview Episode)

In its entirety, here’s the full 32-minute preview episode of Showtime’s “The Franchise: A Season with the Miami Marlins.” Enjoy it. Then let me know what you thought of it.

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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RELIEVED PITCHERS

Hanley’s multi-sensory 8th-inning home run (you could see it, hear it and even FEEL it if you were in the ballpark) may have decided last night’s game against the Cubs, but there was universal agreement in the post-game clubhouse that the biggest developments of the night for the Marlins came on the mound.

After a pair of rocky outings to begin the year, Josh Johnson worked 7 strong innings, limiting the Cubs to 2 runs on 7 hits.  And after Steve Cishek turned in yet another in a long-line of seemingly daily stellar outings to set down the side in the 8th, Heath Bell needed only 7 pitches (all strikes) to dispose of the Cubs 1-2-3 in the 9th to earn his first Marlins save.

For Ozzie Guillen, the performances turned in by his ace and his closer were the highlights of the night.

“To see JJ throwing the ball the way he did, I think personally, he needed that. And so did we, to get rid of those doubts and questions about him and how he performed the last 2 outings, especially the last one, it cleared a lot of people’s minds about how he is.

And second of all, to give the opportunity to Heath Bell to go out there and do what he does best. Those are the 2 things, besides the home run and the win, those are the greatest things that happened for us (last night).”

After allowing 21 hits in 9 2/3 innings his first 2 times out, JJ said last night felt different.

“I felt like I could let it go. When my timing’s off, this past month, it hasn’t really felt quite there. It was close, but it wasn’t quite there, and I wasn’t really sure what it was until we went back and looked at the video and saw that my hands weren’t breaking at the correct time and doing what I’ve always done through my career. Just to get deep into the game, and again, I gave up a couple of hard-hit balls, but there were some balls that just found holes and found ways to get through.  But I went out there and battled and got through 7.”

For Bell, who led all of baseball in saves over the last 3 seasons, earning his first save in a Marlins uniform took a little longer than he would have liked with a pair of blown saves to begin the year, but following a Sunday morning throwing session with pitching coach Randy St. Claire, the righthander was confident he was back on track, and he didn’t try to hide the relief he felt following last night’s performance.

“This is like a huge weight off my back, plain and simple. I went out there and blew the first 2, and I’m big on trying to get my teammates to trust me in any situation at any given time. This is a good start.

Between talking to Buck and St. Claire, and me and St. Claire working out and playing catch, we fixed it on Sunday, It’s not something that’s going to come back. It’s fixed.  It’s done with. We’re going to go on and get a lot of people out.”

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