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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.

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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/

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STAT OF THE DAY (4/16 vs. WAS)

The Marlins erupted for a season-high 11 runs on a season-high 15 hits last night en route to an 11-2 win over the Nationals.

The Marlins have now scored 10-plus runs twice through their first 15 games after doing so only 4 times during all of 2013.

Through the first 15 games, the Marlins have averaged 4.9 runs per game after averaging a major league-low 3.2 runs per game in 2013.

A season after ranking last in Baseball in runs scored, the Marlins’ 73 runs scored are 2nd-most in the National League and 4th-most in the majors, behind only the White Sox, Angels and Rockies.

Miami’s scored 73 runs through 15 games this year, more than double the 32 runs the club scored in its first 15 games a season ago. The 2013 Marlins didn’t score their 73rd run until game 27, on April 30.

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The Marlins send Jose Fernandez to the mound at 7:10 tonight in the rubber game of their 3-game series against the Nationals. 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/

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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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STAT OF THE DAY (4/15 vs. WAS)

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As Major League Baseball celebrates the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Baseball’s color barrier on this date in 1947, all players across the majors will tonight wear the Hall of Famer’s No. 42, which was retired Baseball-wide by Commissioner Bud Selig in 1997.

With the Marlins only in their 5th season in 1997, only 3 players have regularly worn Robinson’s No. 42 in the franchise’s 22-year history.

Lefty relief pitcher Rich Rodriguez wore 42 when he appeared in 36 games during the inaugural 1993 season.

Right-handed relief pitcher Jeremy Hernandez wore the number as he made 28 appearances for the Marlins in 1994 and 1995.

And the last Marlin to wear No. 42 was left-handed reliever Dennis Cook, who pitched in 59 games for the 1997 World Series champs.

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The Marlins and Nationals play the middle game of their 3-game series at Marlins Park at 7:10 tonight. Hope you’ll tune in on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. 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 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 (4/14 VS. WAS)

For the Marlins to begin a climb in the National League East standings after 3 consecutive last-place finishes, they’re going to have to fare better in their head-to-head match-ups against division rivals.

Six games into a stretch in which they play 18 of 21 games within the division, the Marlins are 0-6 against NL East opponents this season.

Since the start of last season, Miami is 29-53 within the division, having gone 6-13 against the Braves, 5-17 against the Nationals, 7-15 against the Phillies and 11-8 against the Mets.

Looking at the bigger picture, the Marlins are 14-26 over the last 3 seasons against the Nationals after going 50-21 against Washington in the previous 4 years. The Marlins are 23-50 against the Braves since the start of 2010, and Miami’s 26-50 against Philadelphia beginning in 2010.

The one division rival against which the Marlins have fared well is the Mets. Miami was 11-8 vs. New York in 2013 and is 3-1-1 in the last 5 season series against the Mets.

After losing 3 straight in Washington last week, the Marlins get another shot at the Nationals in a 3-game series that opens up at Marlins Park at 7:10 tonight. Join us for all the action beginning with Marlins On Deck at 6:40 on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. 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 here: http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

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For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. 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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