Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome back to Fenway Park. After a year of no fans in the stands, 2021 Fenway Park Opening Day will welcome back some fans to America’s Most Beloved Ballpark. The Red Sox hope to kick off the season on the right foot, as they welcome the Baltimore Orioles to Fenway for Opening Day.
Nathan Eovaldi will get the start for Boston on April 1st against the Orioles trusted lefty, John Means. The Orioles, managed by Brandon Hyde, finished fourth in the American League East, while the Red Sox, who were managed by Ron Roenicke, finished fifth in the division. Both teams will be looking for a better season in 2021. First, they have to get through Opening Day.
Opening Day and Series Matchups
As mentioned already, Nathan Eovaldi will be getting the start on Opening Day for Boston. 2020 saw Eovaldi make nine starts, going 4-2 with a 3.72 ERA. The 31 year old righty pitched in 48.2 innings for Boston, allowing 51 hits, 20 runs, while striking out 52 batters. The Orioles will be sending their ace, John Means to the mound to kick off the 2021 season. Last year for Baltimore, Means made 10 starts, going 2-4 with a 4.53 ERA. He allowed 36 hits, 22 runs and stuck out 42 batters in 43.2 innings of work.
Saturday’s match up will feature New England native, Matt Harvey for the Orioles. Alex Cora and the Red Sox have yet to name a starter for the game. Harvey, who pitched for the Kansas City Royals in 2020, pitched in seven games, four for starts. He went 0-3 with an 11.57 ERA in 11.2 innings for the Royals. Harvey allowed 27 hits, 15 runs, and had 10 strikeouts.
The final game on Sunday will feature Boston’s new comer, Garrett Richards and Baltimore’s rookie, Bruce Zimmermann. Richards pitched for the San Diego Padres in 2020, going 2-2 with a 4.03 ERA in 14 games, 10 of which were starts. He allowed 47 hits, 23 runs, and had 46 strikeouts. Zimmermann made his MLB debut for Baltimore on September 17th 2020. He pitched in just two games, one of which was a start. The Baltimore native went 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA in 7 innings. He allowed 6 hits, 6 runs and struck out 7 batters.
In Cora We Trust
Alex Cora returned to the Red Sox this past off season after serving his one year suspension from Major League Baseball. Will 2021 be a challenge for him as he takes the helm? How will the rest of the team do this season? Will the new comers adjust to Fenway Park and the Fenway Faithful? Only time will tell. Following 2020’s short season, MLB will be playing a full 162 game schedule, and Boston’s looking to silence those who doubt them.
With new comers like Kike Hernandez and Matt Andriese joining the Red Sox for 2021, they will be looking to win the hearts of Red Sox Nation. It will be an interesting time in Boston, as they look to battle in a very tough American League East. It will be fun to see how this season plays out, but first, Opening Day awaits.
The Road Ahead
After the Orioles leave on Sunday, the Red Sox will welcome Rich Hill and the Tampa Bay Rays to Fenway for a three game set starting on Monday. The Rays will be starting the season on the road against the Miami Marlins at IoanDepot Park. The Rays’ first home game isn’t until April 9th against the New York Yankees.
The Red Sox will start their first road trip of the 2021 season on April 8th in Baltimore for three games. From there, they will head to Minnesota for a four game series against the 2020 American League Central Champions, the Minnesota Twins. Like the Tampa Bay Rays, the Twins will start the season on the road. They will have their Opening Day ceremony on April 8th against the Seattle Mariners.