The Boston Red Sox took it on the chin this past weekend. It was a rare series for the Red Sox, as they got swept by the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox can afford to have slip-ups like that, but it isn’t like them to lay down against a below average team like the Rays. Chasing the Red Sox this weekend turned out pretty poorly for anyone who tried to martingale them. Like I said, they can afford to sleepwalk through a random weekend in August, though.
Despite the three losses, the Red Sox are still in full control with a record of 90-42. That puts them 6 games ahead of the Yankees who have closed the gap a bit. The Yanks at least have a puncher’s chance of catching the Red Sox. Losing to a team like the White Sox a night ago does nothing to help their cause, though. Tanaka pitched well, but the Yankees’ offense took the night off. The bullpen didn’t help out late, either.
The Marlins head to Boston after taking a split with the Braves at home. They were on a six-game homestand, with two games against the Yankees and four vs the Braves. The Marlins went 3-3 before heading to Fenway on Tuesday. Miami hasn’t had it easy recently. Their schedule featured the Braves twice, the Yankees, and the Nationals. After losing four in a row against the Braves, they responded with two wins against the Nats. Now they go into Boston for another touch matchup. Jose Urena is scheduled to start for the Marlins, while the Red Sox will counter with Brian Johnson. Get our free Marlins vs. Red Sox pick below.
Miami Marlins vs. Boston Red Sox Pick
Jose Urena (4-12, 4.50 ERA) vs. Brian Johnson (4-3, 4.12 ERA)
The Red Sox didn’t do anything well against the Rays. It’s quite rare for nothing to go right for the Red Sox, but they couldn’t get the offense or pitching moving. They allowed 24 runs while scoring just 5, which is rather uncharacteristic of the Red Sox. Nevertheless, the Red Sox still have some of the best hitters in baseball, including J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts. Martinez has a shot at winning the Triple Crown. He is hitting .337 with 38 long balls and 110 RBIs. The Marlins may have some issues handling the offense, especially when the game turns to their 29th ranked bullpen.
The Red Sox offense is 1st in the major leagues with an average of 5.35 runs per game. At Fenway, they’re scoring 5.69 runs per game compared to 5.03 on the road. Conversely, the Marlins are 29th with 3.69 runs per. Brian Johnson enters with a 4.12 ERA and 5.82 ERA in his last three outings. He’s allowed 3 runs in each of his last two outings.
Jose Urena has been solid with an ERA of 3.14 in his previous three starts. However, he’s been pedestrian on the road, logging a 4.58 ERA in 55 innings. He has allowed at least 4 runs in four of his last seven outings. The Red Sox series in Tampa was the first time they were swept all season long. They lost three in a row a week ago and responded to smack the Indians around for a 10-4 final. Brian Johnson started in that one and pitched well. The Red Sox should be able to get a bounce back performance at Fenway, as they take out their frustration on the Marlins.