After a 2-2 series split during the week against the Phillies, the Miami Marlins now hit the road for a 3-city, 9-game road trip.
The Miami Marlins despite a series split with the Phillies still had a positive home-stand. Going 4-3 in seven games against the Mets and Phillies, the Marlins now sit at 24-26 only three games back of first in the NL East. Miami will now hit the road, with the first opponent being the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox have arguably been one of the more surprise stories of the 2021 MLB season up to this point. Boston is currently one game back of first in the AL East, and has the fourth highest run differential in the American League. The Red Sox, as the same with the Marlins, are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and come into this series playing good baseball.
The first pitch times and probable pitching matchups for each game of the series can be found below (Games at Fenway Park, Boston, MA):
Miami Marlins (24-26, 4th in NL East) vs Boston Red Sox (30-20, 2nd in AL East)
Friday, May 28
First Pitch: 7:10 pm ET
Saturday, May 29
First Pitch: 4:10 pm ET
Sunday, May 30
First Pitch: 1:10 pm ET
Key to Win Series: Marlins Have to Hit
It is no secret that Miami is currently dealing with injuries to their lineup. Boston is a good offensive team, but the Marlins pitching will always give them a chance. The Marlins have to give their starters run support in order to leave Boston with a series win.
Offensive MVP: Starling Marte
It was reported on Thursday that Marte is with the team in Boston. If activated, I would expect Marte to announce his welcomed return to the Marlins lineup in a big way.
Pitching MVP: Cody Poteet
Poteet has been outstanding so far this season posting a 1.06 ERA during his first three career starts. Expect him to further cement himself in the Marlins rotation with another solid start on Friday night.
Bold Prediction: Jose Devers Leads Team in Hits
Devers had a breakout game on Wednesday going 2-3 with an RBI. Forced into more playing time due to an injury with Miguel Rojas, expect Devers to have a big series at the plate.