After losing two of three to the Red Sox, the Rays will look to respond against the Marlins, and they could catch them at a better time. The Marlins have lost 18 of their last 21 games, including their last 7. In their last series, the Marlins were swept by the Phillies in a four game set, with Cliff Lee throwing a 2-hit shutout in the series finale.
With the Marlins in a free-fall, the Rays at the very least must win the series to keep up with the rest of the A.L. East.