Giancarlo Stanton may not be able to control what happens to the Miami Marlins off the field, but the four-time All-Star is doing everything in his power to make sure they are in good hands on it. The major-league leader in home runs is enjoying one of the best power-hitting stretches baseball has seen in recent years and attempts to keep it up Saturday when the Marlins host the second of three games against the Colorado Rockies.

Reports surfaced prior to Friday's series opener that team owner Jeffrey Loria agreed to sell the Marlins to a group led by New York businessman Bruce Sherman and 14-time All-Star Derek Jeter for $1.2 billion. Stanton became the second player in club history to hit at least 40 homers in a season hours later when he belted his 19th home run over his last 31 games, sparking a rally for the Marlins en route to a 6-3 victory. Colorado remains firmly entrenched as one of the National League's two wild-card teams, holding a one-game lead over Arizona and a 5 1/2-game edge over St. Louis following Friday's defeat. The Rockies will need to reverse recent history at some point this weekend in order to maintain their cushion, however, as their loss in the opener dropped them to 7-15 against the Marlins since 2014, including 3-10 in Miami.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet - Rocky Mountain (Colorado), FSN Florida (Miami)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH Jeff Hoffman (6-3, 5.03 ERA) vs. Marlins LH Justin Nicolino (0-1, 5.31)

Hoffman turned in his second strong outing after an extended rough stretch in a no-decision Sunday against Philadelphia, permitting one run on four hits while fanning eight in seven frames. The East Carolina alum has a 2.08 ERA in two August starts after posting an 8.00 ERA and allowing opponents to bat .324 against him in five July turns. Hoffman is 4-1 with a 3.65 ERA in six road outings this season entering his first career start against the Marlins.

Nicolino will get another chance to prove he belongs in the majors Saturday, when he is expected to take the mound after dominating at Triple-A New Orleans over the last month. The 25-year-old was optioned on July 1 after going 0-1 with a 4.95 ERA as a starter for Miami, but then went 4-2 with a 1.99 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in seven outings with the Zephyrs. Nicolino did not factor into the decision in any of his five appearances (four starts) prior to his demotion at Marlins Park, where he has posted a 3.86 ERA this season.


1. Stanton, who has homered in four of his last five games, needs two more to tie the team record held by Gary Sheffield in 1996 (42).

2. After winning 24 of their first 34 away from Colorado, the Rockies are 6-19 on the road since.

3. Colorado 3B Nolan Arenado clubbed a two-run homer Friday to give him a major-league best 100 RBIs for the third straight season.

PREDICTION: Rockies 6, Marlins 4