While they may not possess the star power of the Heat's "Big Three," the three starters slated to take the hill against the Marlins — Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, and Felix Doubront — have more than enough talent to reverse the slide Boston experienced over the weekend. They'll need that talent facing the potent Marlins lineup.
Beckett is first up on the bump on Monday night, coming off a solid outing against the Orioles. He's had a 2-2 record over his previous five starts, but has thrown at least seven innings in all of them.
Buchholz gets the ball on Tuesday, and he looks to have finally righted the ship after a bumpy start to the season. After a complete-game shutout against the Orioles, he's now 2-0 in his last three starts with a 1.50 ERA and 19 strikeouts.
Doubront, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back from his worst start of the season. Previously Boston's most consistent starter, Doubront gave up six runs on eight hits to the Orioles in four innings.
Of course, not every starter can throw a complete game, so that's why they have the bullpen to help finish things up.
Scott Atchison threw two and a third scoreless innings over the weekend against the Nationals, lowering his season ERA to a sterling 1.32.
Meanwhile, Matt Albers came on in Friday's game and despite giving up a run, struck out three in an inning and two-thirds.
Who do you think will be this week's Amica Pitcher of the Week?
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