The Miami Marlins are in the midst of a horrific nine-game homestand, but they’ll have a chance to salvage the final three contests when they host the Boston Red Sox. Both clubs were swept away in their respective interleague series – as Miami fell short in its Sunshine State set with American League East-leading Tampa Bay while Boston was brushed aside by NL East-leading Washington. Red Sox ace Josh Beckett, who was the 2003 World Series MVP for the Marlins, will make his first start against his former team in Monday’s series opener.
Miami will look to prevent its season-high seventh consecutive loss, but it did receive a boost with the returns of Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez during Sunday’s 4-2 loss. Morrison snapped an 0-for-18 slide by going 3-for-4 with an RBI single while Sanchez added an RBI double after being promoted from Triple-A New Orleans. The Marlins have been outscored by a 43-10 margin during their losing skid.
Red Sox Marlins Betting
When: 7:10 PM ET, Monday, June 11, 2012
Where: Marlins Ballpark, Miami, Florida
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN, NESN, FSFL
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox RH Josh Beckett (4-6, 4.04 ERA) vs. Marlins RH Josh Johnson (3-4, 4.56 ERA)
Beckett suffered a hard-luck loss in his last trip to the mound. The 32-year-old yielded two runs on five hits in eight innings, but settled for a 2-1 loss to Baltimore on Wednesday. Beckett drew praise from manager Bobby Valentine for his pitching, but he’s dropped his last two starts.
Johnson saw his three-game winning streak come to an end, despite pitching well versus Atlanta his last time out. The 28-year-old matched a season high with nine strikeouts, but permitted two runs in six innings in a 2-1 loss to Atlanta. Johnson pitched well in his lone career outing versus Boston, but settled for a no-decision.
1. Although expectations were high, the clubs haven’t accomplished much after the first 60 games of the season. Boston resides in the basement of the AL East, while Miami sits in fourth in the NL East.
2. Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez has enjoyed some success versus Johnson. Gonzalez, who played previously with the San Diego Padres, is 4-for-11 with a double in his career against the hurler.
3. Miami has not pitched well at its new ballpark. The Marlins’ ERA is over a run-and-a-half greater on the road (3.08) as opposed to at home (4.72).