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I WAS JUST THINKING…

While a great May doesn’t assure anything more than a bad April, it’s worth noting that if the season ended today, the Marlins would be in the Playoffs.

A major league-best 18-7 in May with 4 games to play before we usher in June, the Marlins need one more victory to match the winningest month in franchise history. Miami went 19-10 in August of 1997. 

The Marlins’ current .720 winning percentage for the month gives them a shot at a club record as well.  The Marlins were 18-7 (.720) in June of 2006. The Marlins would need to win at least 3 of their final 4 this month to better that .720 mark.

The Marlins have had just one day off since April 23. Thursday, a travel day to Philadelphia, will end a run of 20 games in 20 days and 36 games in 37 days.  The Marlins are currently 19-13 in the longer stretch.

Miami is unbeaten in 9 series in May. They’d have 7 wins, no losses and 2 splits if they finish off the series victory over the Giants this afternoon.  Should they lose today, they’d be 6-0-3 in 9 May series with a 3-game set with the Nats to come.

As if the schedule hasn’t been challenging enough, beginning with tomorrow night’s series opener against Washington, the Marlins’ next 41 games will be against the Nats (7), Phillies (6), Braves (3), Rays (6), Red Sox (6), Blue Jays (3), Cardinals (6) and Brewers (4).

With victory number 69, Ricky Nolasco became the all-time Marlins wins leader when he beat the Rockies on Tuesday, and he’s worn the career strikeout crown since last year. Heading into this afternoon’s start against Matt Cain and the Giants, he’s 5 starts shy of tying Willis for the top spot in club history with 162. He’s 46 innings pitched short of Willis’ club mark of 1,022.2. And Ricky’s next loss would tie Willis’ club mark of 54.

Ricky’s last 3 starts against the Giants have all come against Matt Cain, who he’ll face today. In 2 head-to-head match-ups last season and one this year, Ricky’s posted wins by scores of 5-1, 2-1 and 2-1. Overall, Nolasco is 5-2 with a 1.56 ERA and a .219 average allowed in 7 starts against the Giants, having allowed just one run in each of his last 4 outings against San Francisco.

Yesterday’s 5-3 win over the Giants was a virtual blowout for the Marlins. Each of their first 4 wins against San Fran this year had been one-run games.  Overall, Miami’s already posted 11 one-run wins and a major league-high 17 come-from-behind victories.

After going 4-2 against the Giants last season, Miami is 5-1 this year with one to go, winning consecutive season series from San Francisco for the first time ever.

If you doubt Omar Infante has the best all-around numbers of any second baseman in the National League to this point in 2012, check this out. http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/batting/_/position/2b/league/nl

Don’t forget to cast your All-Star ballots either at Marlins.com or on your next visit to Marlins Park.

And from the Fish Tales editorial board, this message: the All-Star Home Run Derby will be an absolute joke if Giancarlo Stanton is not invited to participate. 

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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.

ETC.

As the Marlins prepare to open a 3-game series with the Cubs at Marlins Park tonight, a few nuggets I’ve dug up for your enjoyment:

The Marlins lead the all-time series with Chicago 77-76.  The Cubs, Expos/Nationals and Brewers are the only 3 National League franchises against whom the Marlins are above .500 all-time. Miami is 169-129 (.567) against the Expos/Nationals franchise and 51-50 (.505) against Milwaukee. The 169 wins against Montreal and Washington are the franchise’s most all-time against any opponent. Next on the list, the Mets, against whom Miami is 147-154 all-time. On the other end of the spectrum, the Marlins’ worst all-time winning percentage against an NL foe is their .388 mark against the Giants.  Miami is just 57-90 all-time against San Francisco. While history indicates the Marlins might look forward to their visits to Washington and New York on this next road trip, they may dread their upcoming trip to San Francisco, just around the corner, May 1-3.

Through 4 games at Marlins Park, the Marlins have drawn 4 crowds in excess of 30,000.  That matches the number of 30,000-plus crowds the Marlins drew ALL SEASON over 81 games at Sun Life in 2011.

Records by jersey color so far…Orange: 1-0, Black: 3-4, White: 0-2.

Marlins pitchers allowed 20 walks in the 3 games against Houston over the weekend; however, only 3 of the free passes came around to score.  They’d walked a total of only 12 opposing hitters through the season’s first 7 games.

On the flip side, Marlins hitters drew 11 walks over the weekend against the Astros, including a season-high 6 on Sunday, after they’d coaxed only 10 walks in their first 7 games combined.

The Marlins are 3-0 when they homer and 1-6 when they do not.

Miami relief pitchers have stranded 9 of 11 inherited runners through the season’s first 10 games.

Carlos Zambrano has a pair of no-decisions despite leaving both of his first 2 starts on line for a victory.  Zambrano’s been terrific after the first inning.  He’s allowed 4 first-inning runs his first 2 times out for an 18.00 ERA in the first.  He’s allowed just 1 run over the other 10 innings he’s worked for a 0.90 ERA after the first.

Omar Infante hit his 4th home run of 2012 in his 9th game and 31st at-bat Sunday against the Astros. A season ago, he hit #4 in his 129th game and 497th AB.

With 7 hits in his last 8 at-bats, Sunday’s hero Hanley Ramirez has his season average at .282.  That’s higher than at any point in 2011, when he peaked at .256 on April 14 and was last at .250 on July 20 en route to a .243 finish. 

Hanley’s gone deep twice in 10 games (39 at-bats) so far. A season ago, he didn’t hit his 2nd home run until his 34th game and AB #126.

Giancarlo Stanton’s yet to go deep through his first 9 games and 35 at-bats. It should, however, be noted that the slugger formerly known as Mike didn’t slug his first long ball until his 14th game and 38th at-bat en route to 34 homers in 2011.

Josh Johnson tonight faces the Cubs for the first time since August 15, 2008.  He’s 0-1 with a 6.57 ERA in 3 games (2 starts) against Chicago all-time. 

JJ has allowed 21 hits in 9.2 innings over his first 2 starts this season, with the opposition hitting .447. Last April, when he was 3-0 with a 0.88 ERA in 6 starts, Josh allowed only 18 hits in 41.0 innings for a .130 opponents’ average.

Of the 21 hits JJ has allowed, 19 have been singles. The only 2 extra-base hits he’s surrendered were both doubles.

Neither Carlos Zambrano nor Chris Volstad, who were traded for one another this winter, will pitch in this series.  Zambrano had spent his entire career with the Cubs, while Volstad had always been a Marlin, drafted in the first round in 2005.

Miami is 2-0 in games started by opposing lefthanders (Cole Hamels and J.A. Happ) and 2-6 in games started by opposing right-handers.

 

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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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