Rockies at Marlins
Giancarlo Stanton's ridiculous home run pace over the last month-plus not only has him close to carving out a place for himself in the Miami Marlins' record book, but it might also be giving them a reason to believe they can reach the .500 mark for the first time since late April. The four-time All-Star will attempt to tie Gary Sheffield's 21-year-old franchise mark of 42 homers in a season Sunday when the Marlins eye a three-game sweep of the visiting Colorado Rockies.
Stanton went 3-for-4 with a tiebreaking three-run shot in the fourth inning - his major-league best 19th go-ahead home run of the season - en route to Saturday's 4-3 victory, giving him his third homer in as many games and 41 for the season, six more than any other player in the majors. The 27-year-old has also clubbed 20 home runs over his last 32 games as well, matching the most in a 32-game stretch by any player since 2002 (Shawn Green, Los Angeles Dodgers). Miami (55-60) has won 11 of its last 14 against the Rockies, who have dropped four of five to fall into a tie with National League West rival Arizona atop the wild-card standings - 4 1/2 games ahead of red-hot St. Louis. Colorado is 6-20 away from Coors Field since beginning the season 24-10 on the road.
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet - Rocky Mountain (Colorado), FSN Florida (Miami)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH German Marquez (9-4, 3.88 ERA) vs. Marlins RH Vance Worley (2-2, 4.82)
Marquez went toe-to-toe with Corey Kluber for six scoreless innings and settled for a no-decision Tuesday at Cleveland, allowing only two hits and three walks over a career-high 103-pitch outing. Despite not factoring into the decision for a second straight start, the 22-year-old rookie has won each of his last four decisions and is unbeaten in his last seven turns overall. Marquez is 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA in 10 road outings this season entering his first career start against the Marlins.
Worley is coming off masterful consecutive starts against Washington, allowing two hits across seven scoreless frames in a home win on Aug. 2 before tossing six innings of one-run ball to beat the Nationals again Tuesday. Those two efforts alone have enabled him the Long Beach State product to win back-to-back turns for the first time since April of 2015. Gerardo Parra is 5-for-15 versus Worley, who hasn't pitched against Colorado since splitting a pair of decisions over five years ago.
1. Stanton, who is hitting .382 with eight home runs and 15 RBIs in his last nine contests, became the first player to reach the 100-homer plateau at Marlins Park, which opened in 2012.
2. Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon went 4-for-5 on Saturday, giving him 12 three-hit games and three four-hit efforts on the season.
3. Bench coach Mike Redmond, who managed Miami for parts of three seasons (2013-15) served as Colorado's skipper on Saturday as Bud Black came down with the flu before the game.