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GOOD RIDDANCE

For all the talk about the anticipated improvement we’ll see from the Marlins in 2015 due to this winter’s slew of roster additions, the club also stands to benefit in the new year from addition by subtraction.

Marlins fans should be thrilled to say goodbye to 4 players subtracted from the rosters of National League East rivals this offseason.

Nationals relief ace Tyler Clippard, traded to the Oakland Athletics yesterday, has been as tough as on the Marlins as any pitcher in the game since he joined the Nats in 2008.

In 52 career appearances against Miami, Clippard is 3-1 with a save and a 1.25 ERA, limiting the Marlins to a .159 batting average while striking out 74 and allowing only 31 hits in 57 2/3 innings.

He was particularly tough on the Marlins over the last 2 seasons, going 1-0 with a 0.86 ERA and a .116 average allowed in 2013-14, surrendering only 2 runs on 8 hits while fanning 28 in 21 innings.

Since the Marlins joined the league in 1993, no player has scored more runs or collected more hits, doubles, triples or stolen bases against them than shortstop Jimmy Rollins, traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers this winter. Rollins has more career hits, triples and runs scored against Miami than against any team, and in 13 games against the Marlins in 2014, he batted .370 with a .460 OBP and a .574 slugging percentage. For good measure, he slugged a walk-off homer to beat Miami in the bottom of the 10th on April 12.

The division rival Braves have traded away a pair of Marlins killers this winter, first sending Jason Heyward to the Cardinals in November, then dealing catcher Evan Gattis to the Astros yesterday.

Since debuting in 2010, Heyward has batted .299 with a .388 OBP in 78 games against the Marlins, saving his best for 2014, when he posted a .377 average and a .415 OBP with 10 RBI in 19 games. Heyward’s 29 hits against Miami last season were the most by any player in Baseball.

And then there’s Evan Gattis, whose numbers alone are impressive but are magnified when you consider when he put them up.

In 2 big league seasons and 27 games, Gattis has hit .289 with a .608 slugging percentage against Miami. His 8 homers against the Marlins equal the most he’s hit against any opponent, while his 22 career RBI against Miami are his most against any foe.

But back to the timing of Gattis’ assault on the Marlins. How about this? All in 2014:

April 21: Hit a walk-off 2-run home run in the bottom of the 10th for a 4-2 victory

April 23: Hit a pinch-hit 2-run double to snap a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 8th in a 3-1 win

May 1: Snapped a 3-3 tie with a solo home run in the top of the 6th

June 1: Snapped a 2-2 tie with a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th in a 4-2 victory

August 31: Hit a 2nd-inning solo home run, the only run in a 1-0 win

September 6: Hit a 10th-inning solo home run, snapping a 3-3 tie in a 4-3 win.

It’s safe to say the Marlins won’t miss Tyler Clippard, Jimmy Rollins, Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis.

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STAT OF THE DAY (SEPT. 15 at NYM)

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Marlins yesterday became the first team in Baseball to win twice in 2014 when trailing by 3 runs or more in the 9th inning or later. Miami also turned the trick July 28 against the Nationals.

Before 2014, the Marlins had pulled off that feat only once in the last 6 seasons, in an 11-inning 9-6 win at Washington on April 18, 2009.

Yesterday’s amazing finish in Philadelphia probably should not have come as a surprise.

The Marlins and Phillies have played 16 times this season with 13 of the meetings being decided by 3 runs or fewer. Miami is 4-9 in those games, and 3-0 in games decided by 4 runs or more.

9 of the 16 meetings have been decided by one run (Miami is 4-5), 2 have been decided by 2 runs (0-2), and 2 have been decided by 3 runs (0-2).

Including Saturday’s contest, 4 of the games have gone to extra innings (the Marlins are 1-3), and 5 have been decided in walk-off fashion (2-3).

The Marlins and Phillies conclude their remarkable season series with 3 games at Marlins Park next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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The Marlins’ 3-city road trip moves on to New York tonight for the first of 3 against the Mets at 7:10, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:40 with Marlins On Deck. An updated 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/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

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STAT OF THE DAY (JUNE 26 at PHI)

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In last night’s 3-2 win over the Phillies, Henderson Alvarez allowed 2 runs (1 earned) over 6 2/3 innings en route to his 5th victory of the season.

Beginning May 22, the 24-year-old has allowed 2 runs or fewer in each of his last 7 starts, going 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA in 46 1/3 innings in that span. In the process, he’s lowered his season ERA to 2.32, 4th-best in the National League behind only Johnny Cueto of the Reds (1.86), Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals (2.08) and Josh Beckett of the Dodgers (2.28).

The Marlins have won 10 of Alvarez’s last 11 starts, including each of his last 8. That’s the 2nd-longest streak of its kind in franchise history. In 1993, the Marlins won 9 consecutive Chris Hammond starts between May 19 and July 2.

Overall in 2014, Miami is 11-5 when Alvarez starts.

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The Marlins try to make it 3 of 4 in Philadelphia at 7:05 tonight, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:35 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 (JUNE 22 vs. NYM)

Giancarlo Stanton continues to lead the National League with 57 RBI, but his pace has slowed of late. After driving in 45 runs in his first 48 games, he’s knocked in 12 in the last 26.

Incredibly, over those 26 games, every run he’s driven in has come on a home run. Stanton’s last RBI on something other than a long ball came one month ago today, on May 22, when he hit a 6th-inning RBI single off Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels.

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The Marlins wrap up their 10-game homestand with the finale of a 4-game series against the Mets at 1:10, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 12:40 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/

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 and the Stat of the Day 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 (JUNE 14 vs. PIT)

Despite last night’s heart-breaking 13-inning loss to Pittsburgh, that sound the Marlins hear could be opportunity knocking.

A game out of first place in the NL East, the club’s schedule between now and the All-Star break would seemingly provide a golden opportunity for a strong finish to the first half.

Beginning with last night’s game against the Pirates, 16 of the Marlins’ 29 games leading into the All-Star break will be at Marlins Park where, at 22-12, they’ve enjoyed one of the top home-field advantages in the majors so far in 2014.

Beyond that, 23 of the 29 games are against sub-.500 teams, and 20 of the 29 are against teams that entered play last night either last or tied for last in their divisions.

On this homestand, the Marlins play 3 against the Pirates, 3 against the Cubs and 4 against the Mets before a 4-game trip to Philadelphia. The Marlins then return home for 3 against the AL West-leading Athletics before 3 more vs. Philadelphia. The first half concludes with a 9-game trip to St. Louis, Arizona and New York.

Of the 9 series, the Marlins play between now and the All-Star break, only 2—against the Athletics and Cardinals—come against teams that currently have winning records.

Having an opportunity to surge and taking advantage are two separate matters, but the fact is the Marlins’ next month lines up very favorably from a schedule standpoint.

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The Marlins and Pirates play the middle game of their 3-game series at 4:10 today, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 3:40 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/

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 and the Stat of the Day 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.

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