Giancarlo Stanton hasn’t played in many meaningful games with the Marlins, who have finished last in every one of his four seasons except for his first.

That’s why he’s looking forward to this week's home showdown against the first-place Nationals, who arrive Monday for a three-game series that carries more than one implication for the Marlins.

The Marlins could not only make up ground on the division leaders with a successful series, but also would likely put Marlins management into buy mode as they near Thursday’s nonwaiver trading deadline.

“I know how important it’s going to be,” Stanton said. “We know where we’re at. They’re [the Nationals] in the driver’s seat, so we’ve got to kick them out.”

The Marlins have stated that they would like to add a starting pitcher, especially one they can control beyond this season.