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12:10 PM PT1:10 PM MT2:10 PM CT3:10 PM ET15:10 ET19:10 GMT3:10 12:10 PM MST2:10 PM EST2:40 PM VEN23:10 UAE2:10 PM CT, October 1, 2017
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 25,222

Stanton close to milestone as Marlins end year vs. Braves

According to STATS
According to STATS

Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins

  1. The Marlins were boat raced by the Rockies on Wednesday, allowing six runs in the second en route to a 15-9 defeat. It was the 12th time Miami has given up six or more runs in an inning, third most in the NL behind the Reds and Giants with 13.
  2. The Braves pitching staff issued 10+ walks for the third time this season in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to the Mets. The three games are tied with Miami for the most in the majors and are the most by Atlanta since 2002 with four.
  3. Dee Gordon went 2-for-5 with his 57th stolen base in Wednesday's loss at Colorado. Gordon leads the majors with 42 games with at least one hit and one steal, the most by a Marlin since Juan Pierre with 48 in 2003.
  4. Ozzie Albies was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the loss at the Mets on Wednesday. Albies is now the third Atlanta Brave with at least five three-hit games at age-20 or younger, joining Jayson Heyward with six in 2010 and Bob Horner with five in 1978.
  5. Dillon Peters has induced 32 ground outs through his first five major league starts. The last Marlins pitcher with more ground outs in his first five MLB starts was Justin Nicolino with 38 in 2015.
  6. Julio Teheran has had 30+ starts and 180+ innings pitched in each of his first five full seasons. Teheran is the first Braves pitcher to accomplish this feat since Kid Nichols (1890-99) and Jim Whitney (1881-85) in the 19th century.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/28/2017 thru 10/1/2017

MIAMI -- It all happens on Sunday -- Giancarlo Stanton's last chance to reach 60 homers as well as the season finale for his Miami Marlins and the visiting Atlanta Braves.

And it could be a sad ending for Marlins fans, too, as speculation persists that this could be Stanton's final game as a member of the Miami organization.

It may seem preposterous for the Marlins to trade Stanton after a season where he will likely be named MVP of the National League.

But with the new ownership team coming in -- led by Bruce Sherman and former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter -- the talk has been of shedding payroll, and Stanton's $25-million annual salary makes an enticing target.

Stanton has a no-trade clause in his contract, but he told Jon Heyman of that he wants no part of a tear-it-down project.

"I don't want to rebuild," Stanton told Heyman. "I've lost for seven years."

Stanton, though, isn't the only Marlins hitter having a noteworthy year.

Second baseman Dee Gordon on Saturday went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two steals. He reached 60 steals for the year.

Gordon also became just the third player in Marlins history to reach 200 hits in one season, joining Juan Pierre and Hanley Ramirez. Only Pierre and Gordon had 200 hits and 60-plus steals in a season.

In addition, Gordon tied his career high with his 59th multi-hit game and his 16th bunt single. The only Marlins to have more bunt hits in one season were Emilio Bonifacio and Chuck Carr.

"It's pretty cool," Gordon said of all his feats. "It means I'm getting on base for the boys."

Meanwhile, left fielder Marcell Ozuna is hitting .313 with 30 doubles, two triples, 36 homers, 122 RBIs and a .923 OPS.

Ozuna and Stanton are the first major league teammates to each have over 120 RBIs in the same season since 2005. In that year, the feat was accomplished by Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox and Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield of the New York Yankees.

Even so, the Marlins on Sunday will wrap up their eighth straight losing season.

In fact, both the Marlins (77-84) and Braves (71-90) tapped out of the playoff race long ago, which means Stanton's home run chase is the only real reason Sunday's game will get any national attention at all.

The pitching matchup for Sunday features a pair of right-handers, with the definite edge going to Miami. The Marlins are starting Jose Urena (14-7, 3.77 ERA) who will try to cap a breakthrough year. Atlanta will start rookie Max Fried (1-1, 3.74 ERA).

In four starts against Atlanta this year, Urena is 2-1 with a 2.22 ERA.

For Fried, in three games against the Marlins this year, including one start, he is 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA.

From the Braves perspective, they just want to end their six-game losing streak.

"The wheels have fallen off," Braves manager Brian Snitker admitted after Saturday's 10-2 loss to Miami. "Hopefully we can end the season tomorrow on a winning note."

Updated October 1, 2017

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