The Miami Marlins and Boston Red Sox will play a one-game makeup Monday at Fenway Park, one of only three games on the entire MLB slate. The moneyline spread is rising in favor of the Sox because the Marlins have scratched starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and will give 27-year-old career minor leaguer Zach Thompson his debut in the Show. As of this writing, Boston is -145 at William Hill Sportsbook despite being without slugger JD Martinez again. The total has risen from 9 runs to 9.5 with this pitching change -- the wind is blowing out at around 13 mph.
Lopez (1-3, 2.82) is fine health-wise, the team just wants to give him an extra day of rest and he's not even with the club but in Miami and will start Tuesday there vs. the Colorado Rockies. Thompson had a rather ugly 6.60 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over 15 innings at Triple-A Jacksonville this year. He's a big guy at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds.
Thompson was originally a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft by the White Sox. He signed a minor-league deal with the Marlins in December and was added to the active roster over the weekend after the team placed fellow pitcher Cody Poteet on the 10-day IL. Thompson did have a 1.69 ERA in seven relief appearances with nine strikeouts during Spring Training.
The Red Sox will again be without DH J.D. Martinez due to a wrist injury that has kept him out since Saturday. He's hitting .321 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs this year. Rafael Devers is at DH for this game and Marwin Gonzalez is taking Devers' spot at third. Catcher Christian Vazquez is getting Monday off.
Pivetta (6-1, 3.77) comes off his first loss with Boston. He was good last Wednesday in Houston in allowing two runs and three hits over six but got no run support in the 2-1 defeat. He struck out a season-high nine for the second straight game. Pivetta leads Sox starters in opponents' batting average (.209), strikeouts (68) and strikeouts/per nine innings (10.34)
Boston enters on a four-game winning streak and swept a series at Yankee Stadium over the weekend for the first time since June 2011 – which made the seat of Yankees skipper Aaron Boone quite hot.
This is a makeup of a June 30 rainout at Fenway Park; Pivetta didn't pitch in that series. Miami adds the DH for the unusual 5:10 p.m. ET first pitch. The Fish ended an eight-game skid Sunday with a 3-1 win in Pittsburgh. It was Miami's longest losing streak in eight years.
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