Miami Marlins vs Toronto Blue Jays Series Preview

Matt Melton
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 01: Jon Berti #5 of the Miami Marlins touches home plate after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Marlins Park on September 01, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 01: Jon Berti #5 of the Miami Marlins touches home plate after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Marlins Park on September 01, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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After losing two in Boston, the Miami Marlins need a big bounce-back performance to build some momentum.

It was not a good start to the road-trip for the Miami Marlins as they dropped both games against the Red Sox that were played, with Sunday’s contest postponed due to rain. The Marlins were outscored 8-3 combined during the two games, and have now lost four of their last five.

Next up for Miami is two games against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays come into this series as losers in six of their last ten games, but have overall played some good baseball this season, most notably offensively sporting a +46 Run Differential.

The first pitch times and probable pitching matchups for each game of the series can be found below (Games at Sahlen Field, Buffalo, NY):

Miami Marlins (24-28, 4th in NL East) vs Toronto Blue Jays (27-25, 4th in AL East)

Tuesday, June 1

First Pitch: 7:07 pm ET

Probable Starters: Sandy Alcantara (2-4, 3.46 ERA) vs Robbie Ray (2-2, 3.81 ERA)

Wednesday, June 2

First Pitch: 7:07 pm ET

Probable Starters: Pablo Lopez (1-3, 2.71 ERA) vs Alek Manoah (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Blue Jays Impact Players to Watch

Key to Win Series: Pitching

The Blue Jays offense has the ability to heat up at any moment. Miami must get two quality starts from Alcantara and Lopez to compete in this short series.

Series Predictions

Offensive MVP: Magneuris Sierra

Sierra had a 3-5 outing at the plate on Saturday, his first multi-hit game since May 13. Expect Sierra to continue on this strong performance.

Pitching MVP: Sandy Alcantara

Alcantara was originally scheduled to start in Sunday’s rained-out game, and will now pitch with two extra days of rest. Expect a strong start on Tuesday from the Marlins ace.

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Bold Prediction: Isan Diaz HR

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