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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.

SET YOUR DVR

From the opening of Marlins Park, to the arrival of Ozzie Guillen, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell and Carlos Zambrano, there’s never been a more anticipated season in Marlins history.

And for Marlins fans, there’s never been a better way to go behind-the-scenes and get an insider’s perspective on life with the club than “The Franchise: A Season with the Miami Marlins.”

The Showtime series, which debuts July 11, is produced by MLB Productions in concert with Major League Baseball and the club.  And for those eager for a sneak peak, Showtime airs a special preview episode tonight at 9.

Trust me: You’re going to want to see it. And I’m told tonight’s episode actually runs a few minutes long, so you’d be smart to set your DVR to record an extra 5 minutes.

For those who missed the first season of “The Franchise,” which followed the San Francisco Giants as they defended their 2010 World Series title, this is DEFINITELY a show worth watching.

Gary Waksman, Senior Producer of Original Entertainment for MLB Productions, is Supervising Producer of “The Franchise,” and I’ve been a fan of Gary’s work for years, since I first met him as he chronicled the Red Sox’ run to the 2004 World Series championship for MLB Productions and for the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary he directed, “Four Nights in October.” His stuff is tremendous.

Here’s how he describes “The Franchise”:

“It’s an up-close and in-depth perspective on a baseball team from inside the bubble looking out.  Throughout the years, baseball fans and sports fans in general want to be on the inside. They want to know what it’s like to be inside that clubhouse, to be part of the camaraderie, to be a part of the speeches to be as close to the action as they possibly can. To be that 26th man or woman on the bench.

“It also has a human-interest perspective it’s about the characters. It’s not just about the wins and losses. It’s beyond that. There are extra layers. Players, families, off the field, executives. There are a lot of moving parts, a lot of great characters and storylines. The objective is to just bring it all to life.

The beauty about sports is it’s the ultimate unscripted drama, and that’s why people love it.”

And as for why MLB and Showtime chose the Marlins:

“This was as close to a no-brainer as you could possibly get.  The new stadium, the characters involved. It was just a perfect storm of elements, something that no one could say no to.”

While Gary and his crew have been hard at work since before the start of Spring Training, the series itself is constantly evolving.

“It’s never what you expect. There are a lot of storylines. There are some things that no one could have foreseen with this ballclub already. You can account for certain things, but there are a lot of moving parts. The season is a marathon, and part of the marathon is you have people jumping to the forefront of that run every day, and it’s our job to determine which stories are best on a daily basis.”

When the show debuts in July, each episode will be an hour. Tonight’s preview will last almost 35 minutes.

Here’s a trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWjmh6SOAr0&feature=showob

Set your DVR. This is going to be a lot of fun, and it promises to be incredibly interesting…just like this team.

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THIS AND THAT

With the day off Tuesday, a good chance to catch up on a few assorted nuggets I’ve come up with from the first 5 games of the Marlins’ 2012 season.

Widespread panic ensued after the Marlins managed one run on 7 hits and batted .119 with only 2 extra-base hits (both doubles) as a team in their first 2 games…in 3 games since, however, the Marlins have scored 19 runs on 34 hits, batting .312 with 7 doubles, 2 triples and 6 home runs.

Five games into the season, the Marlins already have a pair of 3-homer games (Saturday in Cincinnati and Monday in Philadelphia)…a season ago, it took the club until May 1 (game 26) to enjoy a pair of games with at least 3 long balls…the Marlins homered 3 or more times in a game 13 times all year in 2011…Monday’s 3-homer game came on a day when neither the regular #4 (Giancarlo Stanton) or #5 (Logan Morrison) hitters were in the lineup.

The Marlins have already stolen 7 bases through 5 games…a season ago, it took the club 14 games to get to 7 steals and 17 games to get to 8.

Omar Infante has slugged 3 home runs in the first 5 games of the season…in 2011, he didn’t hit his 3rd home run until the team’s 110th game on August 2…he went deep 3 times in his first 17 at-bats this year after not hitting his 3rd homer until his 418th at-bat last year, his first season with Miami.

The Marlins put the lead-off man on base in 7 of the 9 innings Monday against the Phillies, and that first man scored in 6 of those innings, all 6 of the club’s runs. Overall this season, the Marlins have put the lead-off man on base in 20 of the 45 innings in which they’ve batted, and he’s come around to score 12 times.

Jose Reyes is the only Marlin who has hit safely in all 5 games this season. If you go back to the end of last season when he was still with the Mets, Reyes is riding a 13-game hitting streak. His career-best is a 20-game with New York in 2005.

One turn through the rotation, the 5 Marlins starters have combined for a 3.90 ERA…more impressively, each worked at least 6 innings in his season debut with Ricky Nolasco going 8 Saturday night against the Reds.

Of the 19 runs the Marlins have surrendered through 5 games, 6 have come in the first inning…Miami pitchers have a 10.80 ERA in the first inning and a 3.05 ERA from the 2nd inning on.

After starters Kyle Lohse of the Cardinals and Johnny Cueto of the Reds held Miami to one run in 14 1/3 innings over the season’s first 2 games, opposing starters Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo and Cole Hamels have allowed a total of 11 runs in 16 1/3 innings the last 3 games, posting a collective 6.06 ERA.

24 of the 25 players on the Marlins’ Opening Day roster have appeared in at least one game…the only exception: right-handed reliever Chad Gaudin…Steve Cishek has pitched in relief in 4 of the first 5 games, having tossed 4 shutout innings.

The Marlins have played in front of sell-out crowds in 4 of their first 5 games.

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