Boston stays in Florida for a quick two before Wednesday’s home opener
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After coming within one Kelly/Smith implosion of a series sweep to start the season, the 3-1 Red Sox have made a quick jaunt from Tampa to Miami, where the 2-2 Marlins will look to build off their series split against Chicago.
The two game set will kick off tonight at 7:05 with Florida native Brian Johnson ready to make his season debut against the Marlins #22 overall prospect, Trevor Richards, he who’s getting his first taste of major league action.
No player on either roster has faced Richards or Johnson in the past.
Game two will feature a battle of the aces, as Chris Sale (0-0, 0.00 ERA) who was saddled with a no decision —which was all too common in 2017— will oppose José Ureña (0-1, 11.25 ERA), who was taken deep twice in four innings against the Cubs on Opening Day.
Johnson is out to prove that his complete game shutout last May was no fluke, as the lefty appears to have put injuries and a tough bout with his mental health behind him; in 2017, Boston was 5-0 when he took the mound.
While the Red Sox pitching attempts to continue stymieing the bats of Florida, the Marlins chief run producer in Justin Bour may have a tough time improving on his .143 with the Sox pitching two southpaws tonight and tomorrow.
Although it’s still early, it’ll be interesting to see how the Sox baserunners fair; last season’s yearlong problem of running into outs continues to plague the young lineup. It would be nice to see the good guys string some hits together and hang a crooked number up against the punchless Marlin lineup, which will look like this tonight:
1. Brinson CF
2. Dietrich LF
3. Castro 2B
4. Anderson 3B
5. Bour 1B
6. Maybin RF
7. Rojas SS
8. Holaday C
9. Richards P
Without a DH, JDM will ride the bench for the first time in 2018.
1. Betts RF
2. Benintendi LF
3. Ramirez 1B
4. Devers 3B
5. Bogaerts SS
6. Nunez 2B
7. Bradley Jr. CF
8. Vazquez C
9. Johnson P