In recent days, the Marlins' Twitter account has accompanied tweets with the hashtag #WhyNotUs, a fair question regarding their standing. Miami sits only four games out of the National League's second Wild Card spot.
Miami eclipsed last season's win total of 62 on Tuesday, but the club has to keep moving forward if its sights are set on more than mere improvement. The Marlins will try to get back on the right track and continue their playoff push as they go for a series victory on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.
Miami will turn to Brad Hand over Brad Penny, who moved to the bullpen, to get the job done opposite Colorado hurler Christian Bergman, who is making his first Major League start since suffering a fractured left hand more than two months ago.
Hand, a lefty, is 2-5 with a 4.52 ERA this season, making only two starts before a stint in the bullpen and the disabled list until he joined the rotation when July began for nine turns. He has recorded a 3.79 ERA and six quality starts during that run.
"This guy's got a lot of movement for a lefty -- good velo and a lot of movement," said D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill, who was impressed after Hand limited Arizona to three earned runs in seven innings on Aug. 15.
Meanwhile, Bergman returns to the hill after five rehab outings with Triple-A Colorado Springs during which he compiled a 4.69 ERA. Take away an eight-run debacle in 4 1/3 frames on Aug. 8, however, and his ERA during the rehab assignment falls to 2.45.
"My last two starts were pretty good down at Colorado Springs [three runs, 13 hits in 13 innings], and I swung the bat in my last game with no problems at all, and I had no problems catching the ball," Bergman said. "My arm feels loose and efficient."
Rockies: Dickerson enjoying productive August
Corey Dickerson recently had a 12-game hitting streak come to an end, but that has not stopped the left fielder this month. He's second in the NL with 21 RBIs in the month of August.
Playing his first full season as a Major Leaguer, Dickerson has developed into a productive member in the heart of the Colorado lineup, as he ranks second on the team with 19 home runs and second with 61 RBIs.
Marlins: Road rebound
Although Miami's 27-33 road record this season does not look all that impressive on paper, the club has bounced back significantly after going 4-16 in its first 20 games away from Marlins Park in 2014. Miami is 23-17 on the road since the rough start.
• Giancarlo Stanton is only five homers shy of tying Dan Uggla's franchise record of 154 in a Marlins uniform.
• Despite missing 36 games this season, Nolan Arenado was tied for sixth in the NL with teammate DJ LeMahieu with 14 Defensive Runs Saved entering Saturday.
• Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who has been nursing a sore left hamstring and had not played since hitting for the cycle against the Reds on Sunday night, pinch-hit Saturday and drew a 12th-inning leadoff walk.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.