Marlins pitchers approaching April mark

NEW YORK — If the Marlins’ staff stays on its recent pace, they could establish a franchise record for strikeouts in April.

In their just completed series at Atlanta, Miami pitchers posted 37 strikeouts in three games, raising their monthly total to 173.

Heading into Friday night at New York, the Marlins have five more games left in April. If they average nine strikeouts per game, they will finish the month with 218. The club mark is 215 set by the 2003 staff.

Even if they fall short of the club mark, they have a chance to become the second team in franchise history to reach 200 strikeouts in April.

For the season, the Marlins have 183 total strikeouts. But the combined 10 they logged on Opening Night came on March 31. Jose Fernandez fanned nine that day.

Most strikeouts in April

2003: 215
2013: 193
2011: 183
2007: 181
2010: 175
1996: 174
2014: 173

Joe Frisaro

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