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Miami Marlins @ Boston Red Sox – 5.10PM ET
The Miami Marlins are headed to Boston to conclude their three game series against the Red Sox. Monday’s game at Fenway will be a makeup game after rain delayed last month’s series finale. Boston currently leads the series 2-0 heading into Monday’s clash.
As a result of their 3-1 victory on Sunday, Miami avoided being swept in their four game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh and brought an end to their eight game losing streak in the process. The Marlins have a 2-8 record in their last 10 games, including two losses to the Red Sox, and they have scored three runs or fewer on seven occasions in that time.
The Red Sox recently wrapped up a three game series sweep over their arch nemesis in the New York Yankees, which extended their active winning streak to four consecutive games. As a result of Sunday’s 6-5 victory at Yankee Stadium, Boston outscored New York 18-10 during the three game series.
Xander Bogaerts was once again Boston’s hero in the lineup, hitting a two run single to give the Red Sox a two run lead. Bogaerts finished the match with two hits and three RBIs.
Xander is clutch.
Xander is clutch.
Xander is clutch.
Xander is clutch.
Xander is clutch. pic.twitter.com/Xby2Ccyh2h
— Red Sox (@RedSox) June 7, 2021
Boston will give Nick Pivetta the ball for his 12th start of the season on Monday. Pivetta is 6-1 this year to go along with a 3.77 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 58 strikeouts across 59.2 innings with the ball. The right-hander has allowed 10 earned runs on 17 hits in his last 16 innings across three starts.
Miami will counter with Pablo Lopez at the mound on Monday. Although he has a 1-3 record from 12 starts this year, Lopez owns a 2.82 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 68 strikeouts across 67 innings of work this season. The right hander has been solid in his last three outings, allowing just four earned runs on 13 hits in 18 innings with the ball.
Although Lopez has been a solid performer in 2021, Boston has won nine of Pivetta’s 11 starts so far this season. As well as that, the Red Sox lineup rediscovered their offensive prowess over the weekend, clubbing 23 runs in their last four games against the Astros and Yankees. Given Miami’s lack of offensive firepower, we are going to take the Red Sox at home in Monday’s makeup game series finale.
Kansas City Royals @ Los Angeles Angels – 9.38PM ET
The Kansas City Royals are headed to Los Angeles on Monday to kick off their three game series against the Angels.
As a result of their recent 1-2 loss to the Twins in Kansas City on Sunday, the Royals split their four game set against Minnesota. Kansas City outscored Minnesota 20-10 in the first two games of the series, however they then suffered back to back one run losses at home.
The Angels will also enter this series having recently split their four game weekend set. Los Angeles bookended their four games against Seattle with a pair of losses, however they were victorious in game two on Friday and game three on Saturday. Although they scored 12 runs during Saturday’s win, the Angels were held to three runs or fewer in each of the other three games against the Mariners.
Los Angeles will send Dylan Bundy to the mound for his 11th start of the season. Bundy is 0-6 from 10 starts this year, to go along with a 6.49 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 53 strikeouts from 51.1 innings of work. The right hander has conceded 15 earned runs on 18 hits across his last three starts, throwing just 12 innings in that time.
Jackson Kowar will make his MLB debut for the Royals on Monday. Kowar has dominated the early part of the minor league season, owning a 0.85 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 31.2 innings across six starts, and he was named the Triple-A East pitcher of the month in May.
The Royals will support their debutant with the 19th ranked pitching staff in baseball (4.34 team ERA), while the Angels own the second worst pitching staff in the league (4.95 team ERA).
Although Kowar has been un-hittable in the minor league this season, debuting against the Angels at home is not an easy task for any pitcher. Even without Mike Trout, Los Angeles’ lineup is still averaging 4.56 runs per game at a .247 team batting average (sixth best in the league). Dylan Bundy has been far from his best with the ball this year, however he is still showing glimpses of last season’s form, which saw finish top ten in Cy Young voting. As well as that, Bundy is coming off a great outing in his last start against the Royals and he has held Kansas City batters to just a .194 batting average throughout his career.
Chicago Cubs @ San Diego Padres – 10.10PM ET
Two of the top teams in the National League will kick off their three game series in San Diego on Monday when the Padres host the Cubs.
As the Cubs recently played a four game series against the Giants in San Francisco, Monday will continue Chicago’s west coast road trip. Chicago avoided being swept by San Francisco over the weekend, winning the final match of their four game set 4-3. The Cubs were outscored 10-19 in their three earlier losses to the Giants.
San Diego split their recent four game home series against the New York Mets over the weekend. The Padres won the opening two games of the series 4-3 and 2-0, however the Mets won the final two games 4-0, 6-2.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 6, 2021
The Padres will send 21 year old Ryan Weathers to the mound for his eighth start (13th appearance) on Monday. Weathers is 2-2 this season with a 2.06 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 29 strikeouts across 39.1 innings of work. In his last three starts, the southpaw has allowed five earned runs on 14 hits in 13 innings with the ball.
The Cubs will counter with Adbert Alzolay for Monday’s series opener. Alzolay is 4-4 this year and has a 3.62 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 58 strikeouts across 54.2 innings of work. The right hander has been in great form recently, allowing just three earned runs on 13 hits in 17.2 innings across his last three starts.
Considering they boast the second best record in the National League and a 20-12 record in San Diego, we are going to pick the Padres to bounce back from their recent series loss to the Cubs in Chicago with a win in Monday night’s series opener. Although Weathers is coming off his worst outing of the year, and it was against the Cubs (four earned on seven hits in 5.0 innings), the left hander hasn’t given up more than two earned in any of his other appearances this season and we like him to continue that solid form against Chicago on Monday.
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.