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Marlins vs. Red Sox Series Preview

The Fish look for their first win at Fenway Park since 2009.

The scoreboard behind Miami Marlins left fielder Austin Dean tells the story of the 11-run Red Sox seventh inning. The Boston Red Sox host the Miami Marlins in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Aug. 29, 2018. Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The Miami Marlins travel north to play the Boston Red Sox this weekend for three games where they will be looking for their first win at Fenway Park as the Miami Marlins. The franchise’s last win in Boston was in 2009, but the most recent game the Marlins played there was in the second half of the 2018 season, as seen in the lead photo. The Marlins lost that game 14-to-6. Leading off for the Marlins was Rafael Ortega and Trevor Richards (Richards, not Rogers) was on the mound. For the Red Sox, Mookie Betts was leading off and David Price was on the mound. The Marlins were 28 games under .500, the Red Sox were 50 games over .500 and on their way to a World Series title.

It’s safe to say that these teams are no longer who they were when they last met at Fenway Park. None of those players remain with the teams. The Marlins are now three games out of first place in their division, the Red Sox just one. The Fish may not have won a game in Boston in 12 years, but that doesn’t really matter all that much. Both the Marlins and Red Sox are very different teams and this should be an exciting interleague matchup, so get ready! This series preview will give you all the details:

  • Schedule, Watch, Listen
  • Probable Pitchers
  • Recent Lineups
  • What To Watch For

Schedule, Watch, Listen

Friday, May 28 at 7:10 pm

  • TV: Bally Sports Florida, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
  • Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

Saturday, May 29 at 4:10 pm

  • TV: Bally Sports Florida
  • Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

Sunday, May 30 at 1:10 pm

  • TV: Bally Sports Florida, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
  • Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

Probable Pitchers

Friday: RHP Cody Poteet vs. LHP Martín Pérez

  • Poteet: 1.06 ERA, 0.706 WHIP, 21.0 K%, 36.2 HardHit% in 17.0 IP
  • Pérez: 3.55 ERA, 1.314 WHIP, 22.2 K%, 39.7 HardHit% in 45.2 IP

Saturday: LHP Trevor Rogers vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi

  • Rogers: 1.75 ERA, 1.059 WHIP, 31.4 K%, 41.4 HardHit% in 56.2 IP
  • Eovaldi: 4.39 ERA, 1.193 WHIP, 22.0 K%, 33.5 HardHit% in 55.1 IP

Sunday: RHP Sandy Alcantara vs. LHP Eduardo Rodríguez

  • Alcantara: 3.46 ERA, 1.031 WHIP, 24.7 K%, 40.1 HardHit% in 65.0 IP
  • Rodríguez: 5.06 ERA, 1.396 WHIP, 26.2 K%, 35.7 HardHit% in 48.0 IP

Recent Lineups

MIA: Chisholm Jr., Rojas, Aguilar, Duvall, Cooper, Dickerson, Alfaro, Berti. MIA Bench: Diaz, Devers, Sierra, Díaz, León. MIA IL: Marte, Brinson, Anderson. MIA AAA: Harrison, Wallach. BOS: Hernandez, Verdugo, Martinez, Bogaerts, Devers, Vázquez, Santana, Dalbec, Renfroe. BOS Bench: Plawecki, Gonzalez, Arroyo. BOS AAA: Araúz, Cordero, Chavis.
Please note that both the Marlins and Red Sox lineups listed here are by default the projections vs. RHP. The columns to the right with a red header are past lineups vs. LHP. Similarly, the columns to the right with a blue header are past lineups vs. RHP.
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What to watch for on...

Friday: Can Cody Poteet keep it up?

  • Poteet has faced 62 batters in his first three big-league starts, allowing 2 runs on 10 hits. He’s walked 2 batters and struck out 13.
  • His first three starts have come against the Diamondbacks, Phillies, and Mets. He’ll have a tough matchup on Friday night. The Red Sox have scored the most runs this season of any team in the American League.
Miami Marlins relief pitcher Yimi Garcia (93) celebrates with catcher Jorge Alfaro (38) after winning the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at loanDepot Park.  Photo by Sam Navarro/USA TODAY Sports

Saturday: Marlins face Red Sox’s ace Nathan Eovaldi.

  • Eovaldi has a 4.39 ERA, but his 2.45 FIP shows that he’s been hurt by the defense behind him, which has made the third-most errors in the league.
  • The Marlins offense isn’t exactly a powerhouse, but their own starting pitcher on Saturday should keep them in the game enough to stay competitive. Rogers will be looking to continue his dominance in this interleague matchup.

Sunday: Get to Eduardo Rodríguez early.

  • Rodríguez’s last 3 starts: 15.0 IP, 23 H, 13 ER, 5 BB, 21 K, 2 HR.
  • The Red Sox left-hander has struggled lately and the Marlins would love to leave Boston on a high note. Marlins hitters don’t have much experience against him, and they’ll be looking to get some help anywhere they can with the injuries that have been piling up.

Poll

How will this series play out?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    Marlins sweep, 3-0
    (2 votes)
  • 38%
    Marlins win, 2-1
    (7 votes)
  • 38%
    Red Sox win, 2-1
    (7 votes)
  • 11%
    Red Sox sweep, 3-0
    (2 votes)
18 votes total Vote Now