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As Henderson Alvarez gets set to take the mound tonight in Anaheim, the Marlins are 17-7 (.708) in the righthander’s 24 starts this season and 48-59 (.449) in all other games.

By way of comparison, the Marlins were 18-10 (.643) in Jose Fernandez’s 28 starts in 2013.

The .708 winning percentage in Alvarez starts stands as the 2nd-best winning percentage ever for the Marlins in an individual pitcher’s starts*.

22-9 (.710) in Carl Pavano starts in 2004
17-7 (.708) in Henderson Alvarez starts in 2014
19-8 (.704) in Dontrelle Willis starts in 2003
23-11 (.676) in Dontrelle Willis starts in 2005
22-11 (.667) in Kevin Brown starts in 1997
22-11 (.667) in Josh Johnson starts in 2009

(*Courtesy of STATS LLC)

Alvarez’s .667 winning percentage (10-5) is tied for 5th-best by a Marlin with at least 20 starts in a single season.

.750 (15-5) Josh Johnson, 2009
.700 (14-6) Dontrelle Willis, 2003
.692 (18-8) Carl Pavano, 2004
.688 (22-10) Dontrelle Willis, 2005
.667 (10-5) Henderson Alvarez, 2014
.667 (12-6) Jose Fernandez, 2013
.667 (16-8) Kevin Brown, 1997
.667 (14-7) Pat Rapp, 1995

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As the Marlins near the end of a historic May, here are a few statistical tidbits I’ve put together to hold you over until gametime tonight:

MAY IT NEVER END: With a win tonight or tomorrow, the Marlins will establish a franchise record for most victories in a calendar month. They’re a major league-best 19-8 in May, having previously won 19 games in August of 1997. They’re unbeaten (6-0-3) in 9 series this month and would finish 7-0-3 with one more win against the Nats. By winning both remaining May games to go 21-8 (.724) in May, they’d set a club record for the best winning percentage in any calendar month. They were 18-7 (.720) in June of 2006.

COMFORTABLE ANYWHERE: En route to a 27-22 record, the Marlins are 14-10 at Marlins Park and 13-12 on the road.  They’re one of only 4 NL teams and one of only 8 in all of baseball with better-than-.500 records both at home and on the road. The other 7: the Cardinals, Dodgers, Indians, Nationals, Orioles, Rangers and Yankees.

MAN OF THE MONTH: Only 3 Marlins have ever won an NL Player of the Month award: Jeff Conine in June of 1995, Hanley Ramirez in June of 2008 and Emilio Bonifacio in July of 2011. This month may be Giancarlo Stanton’s turn. Here’s a look at the top contenders for the honor through yesterday’s games:

Giancarlo Stanton, MIA:  .324 AVG, 9 2B, 0 3B, 11 HR, 27 RBI, .410 OBP, .735 SLG, 1.146 OPS

Carlos Beltran, STL: .310 AVG, 3 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR, 30 RBI, .400 OBP, .713 SLG, 1.113 OPS

Jonathan Lucroy, MIL: .388 AVG, 8 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 22 RBI, .409 OBP, .659 SLG, 1.068 OPS

POWER SURGE: Giancarlo Stanton’s 11 home runs in May with 2 games to play leave him one shy of the club record for a calendar month.  Dan Uggla hit 12 homers in May of 2008. The only other Marlin to hit 11 in a single month was Gary Sheffield in April of 1996.

Major League home run leaders in May:

Giancarlo Stanton, MIA 11

Josh Hamilton, TEX 11

Adam Dunn, CWS 11

Carlos Beltran, STL 10

Josh Reddick, OAK 10

Major League RBI leaders in May:

Carlos Beltran, STL 30

Josh Hamilton, TEX, 28

Giancarlo Stanton, MIA 27

Nelson Cruz, TEX 23

Albert Pujols, LAA, 22

Jose Bautista, TOR 22

Jonathan Lucroy, MIL 22

ONE-MAN WRECKING CREW: Stanton has hit more than half of the Marlins’ total of 21 homers this month…he’s hit as many home runs in May as the full rosters of both the Padres (11) and Giants (11).

PICKING UP THE PACE: In going 8-14 in April, the Marlins averaged only 3.3 runs per game. Their total of 73 runs scored was 15th out of 16 NL clubs and 28th out of 30 teams in all of baseball. In May, however, they’re averaging 4.6 runs per game. Their total of 123 runs in 27 games are 5th-most in the NL and 11th-most in MLB.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: The Marlins have 3 pitchers in their rotation who have thrown no-hitters (Mark Buehrle, Anibal Sanchez and Carlos Zambrano), and tonight’s Anibal Sanchez-Edwin Jackson match-up marks the 2nd time one of them has faced off against another pitcher who also has a no-no on his resume. Mark Buehrle beat Matt Garza of the Cubs April 18 at Marlins Park.

LOOKING FOR A SUPPORT SYSTEM: Speaking of Anibal, he was the Marlins’ tough-luck pitcher a season ago, winning only 8 games despite a 3.67 ERA over 32 starts.  In 2011, he allowed 2 runs or fewer in 16 of his 32 starts, but got a loss or a no-decision in 10 of those starts. This year, he’s allowed 2 runs or less in 6 of his first 9 starts and has a loss or a no-decision in 4 of the 6. The Marlins have lost 8 games this month and Anibal Sanchez has started 4 of the 8.  He’s 1-3 in 5 May starts despite a 2.97 ERA.

GIMME 5: The Marlins are one of only 7 ML teams that have needed only 5 starting pitchers to this point in the 2012 season.  The others are the Angels, the Cardinals, the Dodgers, the Mariners, the Nationals and the Reds.  The Nats will fall off that list tomorrow when Chien-Ming Wang replaces Ross Detwiler to start against Miami. Here’s a look at the Marlins’ record in games started by each member of the rotation:

Josh Johnson: 6-4

Mark Buehrle: 6-4

Ricky Nolasco: 6-4

Carlos Zambrano: 5-5

Anibal Sanchez: 4-5

FASHION SENSE: The Marlins have worn their black jerseys in 27 of their first 49 games this season. How they’ve fared in each jersey:

Black: 15-12

White: 6-5

Orange: 4-3

Gray: 2-2

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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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While Josh Johnson’s early-season struggles are no doubt very alarming, we shouldn’t lose sight of the tremendous success of the other 4 men in the Miami starting rotation through the first month-plus of the season. 

While their personal win-loss records don’t all show how brilliantly they’ve pitched due to several blown saves and, at times, a serious lack of run support, Mark Buehrle, Ricky Nolasco, Carlos Zambrano and Anibal Sanchez are all off to terrific starts.

How about this breakdown?

Josh Johnson: 0-3 with a 6.61 ERA and a .359 average against

Other 4 starters: 8-6 with a 2.64 ERA and a .231 average against

After Saturday night’s complete-game masterpiece in San Diego, Buehrle is 2-4 with a 2.83 ERA and a .252 average against with a nearly 4-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Marlins have been held to 1 or no runs in 3 of his 4 losses.

With his 68th career win yesterday, tying him with Dontrelle Willis atop the Marlins’ career list, Nolasco improved to 4-0 and lowered his season ERA to 2.72 through 6 starts, with opponents hitting just .235 against him. The Marlins are 5-1 in Ricky’s 6 starts with 2 blown saves (one by Edward Mujica April 13 vs. Houston in a game the Marlins ultimately won and one by Heath Bell April 26 at New York).  The blown saves are the only thing standing in the way of Ricky being 6-0 in his 6 starts. He’s worked at least 7 innings 4 times already, has allowed 2 runs or fewer 4 times and has allowed 1 home run in his last 5 outings (31.2 innings).

Tonight’s starter Zambrano is 0-2 with a 2.53 ERA and a .223 average allowed through 5 starts, but the Marlins have been shut out in both of his losses, and he’s been the victim of a blown save in all 3 of his no-decisions. With any luck, he could have 5 wins right now.

And Anibal Sanchez is “only” 2-0 after 5 starts despite a 2.43 ERA and a .210 opponents average.  He’s allowed only 26 hits and 2 homers in 33.1 innings, while posting a better than 4-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Anibal’s 10.3 K’s per 9 innings lead the National League.

If Buehrle, Nolasco, Zambrano and Nolasco can continue at anywhere near their current paces, and Josh Johnson can get on track, the Marlins’ rotation has the makings of being a huge strength in 2012.

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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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