Boston Red Sox (18-31) at Miami Marlins (24-22)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 1:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Nathan Eovaldi (2-2) (4.82) vs. Jose Urena (0-1) (7.71)
The Line: Miami Marlins -130 / Boston Red Sox +110 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boston Red Sox and the Miami Marlins meet Thursday in MLB action from Marlins Park.
This will be the third and final installment of the three-game series between these teams. The Red Sox took a 2-0 shutout victory in the Tuesday opener. On Wednesday in game two, Miami was able to even it up with a dominant 8-4 win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Red Sox out-hit the Marlins 10-9 in the Wednesday loss, but couldn’t turn in the runs. Leading the offense in that one was Alex Verdugo, with three hits and two runs. Starting pitcher Mike Kickham took the loss in a bad outing with 2.2 innings, seven hits, six runs, three strikeouts and two homers allowed.
For the Thursday game, the Red Sox will send out Nathan Eovaldi as the starter. In his seven starts this season, Eovaldi is 2-2 with a 4.82 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 37.1 innings of work. Over his MLB career, Eovaldi is 48-56 with a 4.32 ERA and 747 Ks in 955.0 innings total.
Over on the Marlins’ side, Wednesday starting pitcher Trevor Rogers went 3.0 innings with three hits, two earned, two walks and three strikeouts. The big offensive contributor in that victory was Jorge Alfaro, who hit two homers with four RBI between them.
For Thursday’s starting pitcher role, Miami will roll with Jose Urena. In his two starts this season, Urena is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and four strikeouts in 9.1 innings. In his MLB career, Urena is 32-44 with a 4.62 ERA and 395 Ks in 583.0 innings total.
The Red Sox are 5-2 in their last seven games versus a right-handed starter and 24-10 in their last 34 Thursday games. Boston is 57-27 in their last 84 versus the National League East and 70-34 in their last 104 interleague games.
Meanwhile, the Marlins are 4-1 in their last five overall and 4-1 in their last five home games. Miami is 45-22 in their last 67 games as a favorite and 16-37 in their last 53 Thursday games.
Pick: I’m going with the Red Sox here. Urena has been shaky at best since coming off the injured list. He’s allowed nine runs (eight earned) in 9.1 innings, and has seven walks to just four strikeouts. Eovaldi looked pretty good in his return from a calf injury, with three innings and one run. If Boston can get some more length out of Eovaldi here then the Sox should have some opportunities to win.