Vegas Odds & MLB Predictions: Miami Marlins at Boston Red Sox (August 28th, 2018)
Suddenly Slumping Boston Looks for a Win Against Miami
The Boston Red Sox were swept by the Tampa Bay Rays on the weekend and are now 2-6 in their last eight games. Four of those losses have come against the Rays. It coincides with the Yankees getting hot and now their lead in the AL East has been cut down to 6.5 games. It’s still the biggest lead in any division in baseball and it happens to come against the team with the second-best record in the game.
But it’s a little less comfortable than the ten games they were at a couple of weeks ago.
The offense had no answer against starter Blake Snell on Sunday in dropping a 9-1 decision. They couldn’t do much more against the collection of relievers that started and played in the other two games either, scoring a combined five runs on the weekend. The pitching was no better as they gave up 24 runs in the three games and at least five runs in each of them.
On the injury front for Boston, Chris Sale remains sidelined with a shoulder issue and should be out until early September at the earliest. He’s pitched just once since late July. Rafael Devers is out indefinitely with a hamstring issue and starters Steven Wright who has been out since late June and Eduardo Rodriguez out since mid-July are targeting returns as early as this week.
Boston started the month 13-2 before the losing began.
The Miami Marlins have picked up some wins of late in their lost season. They are 5-3 in their last eight and have won a series with Washington and then split a two-game set with the Yankees before splitting their most recent series. That was a four-game set with Atlanta. The Braves two wins were by shutout. Miami scored just four runs in their two wins on the weekend.
The Marlins are last in the NL East, six games behind the Mets. They are 7-16 in August.
Brian Johnson (4-3, 4.12 ERA) has struggled in August, posting a 5.87 ERA is five appearances. But it hasn’t stopped Boston from winning when he pitches, as they are 5-0 in those games. He gave up three runs in 4.1 innings in a 10-4 win over Cleveland last time out.
Jose Urena (4-12, 4.50 ERA) has been up and down of late. He pitched a complete game two-hitter last time out in a 12-1 win over the Nationals. He was removed after one pitch in his previous start. In two others this month he allowed a total of ten runs in 10.1 innings. In his last July start he pitched six scoreless innings. Miami is 2-3 in his last five outings and 5-5 in his last ten.