The Miami Marlins will try and put a dent in the playoff hopes of the Colorado Rockies in their series beginning on Friday.
Miami may no longer be in contention this season, but Colorado is fighting for a playoff spot and that gives the Marlins something to play for. The Rockies have been playing well on the road this year, which is abnormal for the team in their franchise history. Miami will look to defend the home ballpark against Colorado's powerful lineup.
Giancarlo Stanton enters the series and the homestand with a big-league leading 39 home runs. Stanton only needs three more homers to tie Miami's franchise record for a season. With the way Stanton is currently swinging, he may be able to tie that mark during this three-game series.
Jose Urena will start the first game for Miami and will bring with him a team-leading ten wins. Urena has kept his E.R.A low along with his strong win total and has been Miami's ace more often than not. The right-hander has had two dominant starts in a row and will try to make that three in a row against the Rockies.
Justin Nicolino has been recalled from AAA to make the start on Saturday and he will be given possibly his last chance to show something. Nicolino came to the big leagues with high expectations, but has failed to meet the hype. The lefty is auditioning for a role on next year's roster and is likely running out of opportunities.
In the series finale on Sunday, the Marlins will go with Vance Worley for the start. Worley has had an inconsistent season and has bounced between the bullpen and rotation. Due to numerous injuries and lack of production from other arms, Worley could end up staying in the rotation for the remainder of the season.
Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.