The MLB is set up with a total of eleven games up on the board for Monday night. One of those games will be a cross conference matchup between the Miami Marlins and the Chicago White Sox. These two teams are meeting for the first and only time this series, which could be an evenly matched series. This game is expected to start at around 8:10 PM Eastern time.
Miami has put up a record of 36-61 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in fifth place of the NL East. The Marlins have lost three games in a row but will look for their team to turn it around as they head up to Chicago. Miami has struggled throughout this season, but they will look to try and put up a solid finish to the season, starting with a win against the White Sox.
The White Sox have earned the third spot in the AL Central with a record of 44-52. Chicago has not quite had the season they were hoping for, but have been able to win two of their last three games. Before that though, the White Sox had lost seven games in a row. Chicago will look to keep their small hot streak going with some victories against the Marlins.
Miami and Chicago have both put up struggling seasons so far this season, but could both find some success against each other. The Marlins and the White Sox only meet this one time this season, so neither team has a real good feel for each other. They will look to find a way to get started early to earn a big win on Monday night.
The Marlins and the White Sox have not met up since the 2016 season. In that three-game series in Miami, the White Sox were able to pull off a win in the first two games but took a tough loss in the third matchup of the series. Both teams have changed quite a bit since the 2016 season, which will really mean that coaching will play a big role in Monday night’s matchup.
Miami has gone 3-5 since the All-Star break. The Marlins were able to go 1-2 against the New York Mets, 2-1 against the San Diego Padres and 0-3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first half of this road trip. The White Sox have put up a record of 2-8 since the All-Star break. Chicago got swept in series against the Oakland Athletics and the lowly Kansas City Royals but went 2-1 in their last series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Marlins and the White Sox have not played since 2016, which should lead to an interesting series. The Marlins have been doing a bit better since the All-Star break, but the White Sox are coming off a solid series against the Rays, while the Marlins got swept in their most recent series against the Dodgers. Chicago will look for that momentum to help them take Monday night’s matchup.
Starlin Castro has put up some solid numbers this season. Castro has earned 96 hits and 41 RBI’s to this point in the season. Miguel Rojas has 94 hits this season. Brian Anderson has 84 hits and a team leading 13 home runs and 46 RBI’s. The Marlins have had Jorge Alfaro earn 70 hits and 10 home runs this season. Garrett Cooper has 67 hits and 11 home runs.
The White Sox have not been doing too terribly at hitting this season. Jose Abreu has 105 hits, 21 home runs and 69 RBI’s this season. Yoan Moncada has earned 104 hits, 17 home runs, 52 RBI’s and an OPS of .888 so far. Leury Garcia has 101 hits on the season with only 5 home runs. James McCann has put up 77 hits with 11 home runs.
Chicago holds a clear advantage on the offensive side of this matchup against the Marlins. Even with the White Sox missing Tim Anderson and Eloy Jimenez, they still have a better lineup then Miami. The Marlins will need some players to step up in a big way if they want to put up a stronger hitting performance then Chicago.
The Marlins will have Trevor Richards start on the mound for Monday night. Richards has earned a record of 3-11 this season through nineteen starts this season. He has an ERA of 4.24 and a WHIP of 1.385. In his last performance, Richards allowed eight hits and three runs through five innings in a tough 3-2 loss against the San Diego Padres.
Ivan Nova will start for the White Sox on Monday. Nova has an ERA of 5.86 and a WHIP of 1.572 through is starts this season. Through those twenty starts, he has a record of 4-9 this season. Nova’s last start came against the Kansas City Royals. He allowed six hits, six runs, and five walks through four and two-thirds innings pitched.
Both Richards and Nova have not put up memorable performances this season, but will both to earn a win on Monday night. Richards has the better ERA and WHIP and Nova has the better record. I believe that the Marlins have the slight edge on the mound for Monday night’s matchup. If these pitchers continue to struggle, we could see a high hitting game between these two teams.
The Marlins and the White Sox have not met since 2016, which should lead to a tough matchup for both teams as they try to scout out the other team as quickly as possible. I believe that Chicago has a good chance to take the first game of this series on Monday night. The White Sox have the better hitting team, which should be able to put up a solid performance against Richards. Chicago will need a better start from Nova though.
BetOnline has the White Sox listed as a -115 against the money line on Monday night. I believe that Chicago deserves the slight edge for this first game of this series. I believe that Chicago still has some value as a favorite against Miami. The White Sox and the Marlins should be able to put up a good series, but with Chicago’s edge on the offensive side, I believe that they will be able to pull off a win on Monday.