The Red Sox are set to play a short two-game series against the Marlins starting tonight at 7:10 PM ET
The Marlins aren’t expected to be a good team this season. In fact, they are ranked one of the worst teams in the league. After a new owner group came in and traded away their most valuable players, the outlook for this team isn’t very good.
4/2: Brian Johnson vs. Trevor Richards, 7:10 PM ET
The Red Sox are set to start the two-game series Monday night. Brian Johnson is scheduled to make his first start of the season for the Red Sox in his home state of Florida. Johnson was a reliable bullpen option for the team last year and had a great spring. He is out of minor-league options for this season, so he has a lot to prove. Johnson also gets to hit tonight since the Red Sox are playing in a National League ballpark. The Red Sox lefty was a great hitter in college. I’m ready to see what he can do at the plate.
Tonight will be Trevor Richards’ major league debut. He has only started in 14 games above High-A. Richards had a really strong year in the minor leagues this past season. Supposedly, when Richards was at his offseason job this summer as a teacher’s aide, he found out that he had been named the 2017 Marlins’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
4/3: Chris Sale vs. Jose Ureña, 6:10 PM ET
Chris Sale is scheduled to make his second start of the season on Tuesday against the Marlins. He looked really good in his first start of the 2018 season. He only allowed one hit and struck out 9 batters. In all honesty, he could have gone another inning, but Alex Cora pulled him once he hit 92 pitches.
Jose Ureña pitched on Opening Day for the Marlins and had a pretty rough start. He allowed five runs in just four innings. He is better than what his first start said about him. In 2017, he pitched a 3.82 ERA. He is hoping to perform better than what he did on Opening Day.
Players to Watch
There are a couple players to watch this series. The first name that comes to my mind is Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts had his 12-game hit streak snapped in yesterday’s game, but he already has two three-hit games. He is looking to have a bounce-back year this season after he had a rough season last year.
Another player to watch this series is Andrew Benintendi. I know it is early, but Benintendi hasn’t looked good at all in his at-bats so far this season. I really want to see him get going this series. Again, I know this is super early to be worried about anyone on the team not hitting well, but I just think it would be a good sign to see Benintendi heat up early.