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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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STAT OF THE DAY (4/12 AT PHI)

Nathan Eovaldi will be looking for a little help from his friends as he takes the mound in Philadelphia tonight.

The Marlins have scored a total of 6 runs in his first 2 starts of the season, an April 1 win over the Rockies and a loss to the Padres last Sunday. In 2013, the righthander received 2.96 runs per 9 innings of support, 3rd-lowest in all of Baseball among pitchers who made as many starts.

Since reaching the majors as a Dodger in 2011 through the end of the 2013 season, he received an average of 2.83 runs per 9 innings, the lowest by any pitcher who made as many starts over the last 3 seasons.

In 2013, the Marlins scored 2 runs or fewer in 9 of his 18 starts. Miami did not score a run with him in the game in 5 straight starts July 20-August 10. He had 3 no-decisions in starts in which he worked at least 6 scoreless innings and had a loss and 4 no-decisions in 5 starts in which he worked at least 6 innings and allowed one or no runs. A season ago, Eovaldi had a 1.85 ERA and allowed just a .187 AVG in his 8 no-decisions.

The Marlins look to put the brakes on a 5-game slide tonight at Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is at 7:05. You can join Dave Van Horne and me for all the action beginning with Marlins On Deck at 6:35 on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

A PAIR OF ACES

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Stephen Strasburg, who the Marlins will face in Washington tomorrow night, was touted as a once-in-a-generation pitching prospect when he was drafted first overall by the Nationals out of San Diego State University in 2009. And despite undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010, he’s off to a terrific start to his major league career.

In parts of 5 major league seasons, Strasburg is 29-20 with a 3.04 ERA in 77 starts, and he was an All-Star in 2012.

Two years after Strasburg was drafted and began his professional journey, the Marlins made 18-year-old high school senior Jose Fernandez their top pick, 14th overall in 2011. While Fernandez didn’t enter the draft with nearly as much hype, his big league performance to this point has been historic.

In his debut season, pitching most of the year at age 20 and never having previously appeared above Single-A, Fernandez was chosen the National League’s Rookie of the Year, finished 3rd in Cy Young voting, and was selected to his first All-Star team.

30 starts into his big league career, Fernandez’s immediate impact at the big league level at age 20 and 21 has been historic. Not since Dwight Gooden burst onto the scene with the Mets at age 19 in 1984—30 years ago—has a pitcher so young been so dominant. In some categories, no rookie in history can match what Fernandez did during his remarkable 2013 debut season.

With Fernandez and Strasburg missing each other by one day in this week’s Marlins-Nationals series, here’s a look at how the 2 staff aces compare through their first 30 big league starts.

Note that Strasburg was still in college when he was the same age Jose was at the time of his major league debut. Strasburg was almost 24 when he made his 30th big league start. Jose made his 30th start almost 4 months shy of his 22nd birthday.

Through 30 major league starts:

STRASBURG: 14-5, 2.50 ERA, 169.0 IP, 131 H, 54 R, 47 ER, 39 BB, 216 K, 7.0 H/9 IP,

2.1 BB/9 IP, 11.5 K/9 IP, 1.006 WHIP

FERNANDEZ: 14-6, 2.09 ERA, 185.1 IP, 119 H, 48 R, 43 ER, 60 BB, 204 K, 5.8 H/9 IP,

2.9 BB/9 IP, 9.9 K/9 IP, 0.966 WHIP

Jose has a clear edge in ERA, and has given up significantly fewer hits and runs despite throwing more innings. Strasburg holds edges in having walked fewer and struck out more. Jose has a slightly better overall WHIP (walks + hits divided by innings pitched).

“I would buy a ticket to watch this kid pitch. He’s so competitive. He’s a throwback player. He’s like a guy who played in the 40’s and 50’s and 60’s when you watch him, the way he competes, the way he loves to compete. It’s a good feeling to know every 5th night when he runs out there you have a very good chance to win the ballgame.”

Marlins General Manager Dan Jennings

Just how good a chance do the Marlins have every 5th day? The Marlins are 20-10 in his career starts with wins in 16 of the last 20. Since the start of 2013, Miami has a .667 winning percentage in games he’s started. In games Jose doesn’t start, the Marlins are 47-93, a .336 winning percentage.

MORE ON JOSE

Jose, whose next home start ought to come next Wednesday night against the Nationals, is 11-0 with a 1.14 ERA (14/110.2 IP) in 17 career starts at Marlins Park, including his 2 wins on the season-opening homestand.

The righthander has allowed 3 runs or less in 27 of 30 big league starts, 2 or less in 24, one or less in 16 and no runs in 9 of his starts.

He has never allowed more than 8 hits in a start and has allowed 5 or fewer in 26 of his 30 starts, including each of his last 17 and 22 of his last 23. According to research I did using Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index, going back to 1914, only one pitcher has gone more than 17 consecutive starts allowing 5 hits or fewer. It’s actually an active 20-game streak by Tony Cingrani of the Reds.

Jose has allowed 2 runs or fewer in each of his last 13 starts, a streak that began July 13, 2013, in his first start after last year’s All-Star break. That matches Josh Johnson’s Marlins club record set from May 13-July 22, 2010. According to additional Play Index research, only 6 major league starters have had longer such streaks since 1914.

Ferdie Schupp went 16 in a row for the New York Giants in 1916-17. Mat Latos went 15 in a row for the Padres in 2010. Al Benton went 15 in a row for the Tigers in 1945. Mike Scott went 14 in a row for the Astros in 1986. Greg Maddux went 14 straight for the Braves in 1993-94. And Zack Greinke has an active run of 14 in a row for the Dodgers dating to July 30 of last season.

Finally, as Jose gets set to face the Phillies for the first time in 2014 on Friday night, current Phillies position players are a combined 2-for-41 (.049) with 14 strikeouts and no extra-base hits against him. In 3 starts against the Phils as a rookie, Jose was 1-0 with a 0.50 ERA. In 18 innings, he allowed one run on 8 hits with 4 walks and 16 strikeouts.

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A PAIR OF ACES

If you’re a fan of great pitching, it doesn’t get any better than tomorrow night when Josh Johnson faces Roy Halladay at Citizens Bank Park.

This will be the 4th time the 2 aces have matched up since Halladay joined the Phillies in 2010.

The Marlins have won 2 of the previous 3 games, with the 2 teams COMBINING for 6 runs in the 3 games.

May 29, 2010—Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in major league history, and basically had to, to beat JJ and the Marlins 1-0. Doc fanned 11, while Josh allowed a single unearned run that scored on a misplayed fly ball by Cameron Maybin. JJ’s final line on the night: 7 innings pitched, 7 hits, one unearned run, one walk and 6 K’s.

June 10, 2010—2 starts after Halladay’s perfect game, Josh and the Marlins exacted a measure of revenge, pulling out a 2-0 win at Citizens Bank Park. While Halladay limited Miami to one run on 6 hits with a walk and 8 K’s over 8 innings, Johnson fired 8 innings of 3-hit shutout ball with one walk and 5 punchouts.

May 10, 2011—In Josh’s 2nd-to-last start of 2011, both aces pitched brilliantly in a 2-1 Marlins victory at Sun Life. Halladay took the loss, throwing an 8-inning complete game, allowing 2 runs (one earned) on 5 hits with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts. Josh got a no-decision, limiting the Phils to one run on 6 hits over 7 with 3 walks and 7 K’s. A Jimmy Rollins error and a Halladay wild pitch set the stage for Chris Coghlan’s game-winning RBI single in the 8th, an unearned run the difference.

So in the 3 games in which Halladay and Johnson have matched up over the last 2 seasons, here are their totals:

HALLADAY: 1-2 with a 0.72 ERA (25 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 28 K)

JOHNSON: 1-1 with a 0.41 ERA (22 IP, 16 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 18 K)

Do you want to be a hitter tomorrow night?

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