After sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox are bringing the brooms to Baltimore. Last time the Red Sox faced the Orioles, they lost three games in a row before turning it around and sweeping the Rays. Baltimore, who were just at Yankee Stadium, went 1-2 against the Yankees. Now, they return home to face Boston, and to avoid being swept by the red hot Red Sox. Boston, on the other hand, looks to seek revenge on Baltimore at Camden Yards.
The Red Sox are on the road for the first time this season, and will partake in Opening Day festivities as the Orioles begin their homestand. Like at Fenway Park, Camden Yards will have fans in the stands at 25% capacity, or 11,000 fans. Matt Harvey will have the ball for Baltimore, and Eduardo Rodriguez will be making his first start of the 2021 season for Boston.
A Fine Sweep of the Rays
After being swept by the Orioles, the Red Sox welcomed the Tampa Bay Rays to Fenway for a three game series. The offense didn’t disappoint, as they outscored Tampa 26-9. Home runs by JD Martinez and Christian Vazquez helped the offense in those games, while great pitching by Nick Pivetta and Nathan Eovaldi did the rest. The Red Sox definitely brought the brooms in this series, and look to continue their success in Baltimore.
The first game of the series saw JD Martinez hit his second home run of the season to help the Red Sox win 11-2. Pivetta went 5 strong innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 4. Game 2 was a walk off in the 12th inning. Christian Vazquez hit a game tying home run in the 9th, and JD hit a 2 out RBI double in the 12th to win it 6-5. Game 3 saw Eovaldi go 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, one run and striking out 7 batters. The Red Sox won 9-2, and Christian Vazquez hit another home run.
The Brooms Have Landed in Baltimore
Opening Day part two will feature Matt Harvey and Eduardo Rodriguez. Harvey last pitched against Boston, going 4.2 innings, allowing 6 hits and 2 runs and striking out 4. Eduardo Rodriguez will be pitching in a real game for the first time since September 29th, 2019. He missed last season due a heart condition and COVID-19. He looks to make an impact in today’s game against his former team.
Game 2 on Saturday will have Bruce Zimmermann going up against Garrett Richards. Zimmermann earned the win last time out against Boston, going 6 innings, allowing 4 hits, 3 runs and striking out 5. This allowed Baltimore to take out the brooms against Boston. Richards will be making his second start for Boston, and looks to do better this time around for the team. He took the loss in the game, only going 2 innings in which he allowed 7 hits, 6 runs and had 2 strikeouts.
The final game will have Jorge Lopez going up against Nick Pivetta. Lopez will be making his first start against Boston. His first outing of 2021 was against the Yankees. He took the loss in the game, going 4.2 innings, allowing 3 hits, 4 runs and had 5 strikeouts. Like Lopez, Pivetta will be making his first start vs Baltimore. His first outing was against the Rays, where he got his first win of the season.
Can The Red Sox Sweep Baltimore?
The Red Sox will be flying high as they head into this series, and will be bringing the brooms with them. After the offense exploded vs Tampa Bay, they look to continue that momentum going forward. The line up seems to be working well for Alex Cora and the Red Sox. With Eduardo Rodriguez healthy, we can only hope that he has a great season like he did in 2019.
After their series in Baltimore, the Red Sox will be heading to Target Field in Minnesota to take on the Twins in a four game series. The last time the Red Sox played the Twins was in the beginning of September 2019. Due to COVID-19, Major League Baseball had to redo the schedule. The Red Sox only played teams in the American League East and the National League East in 2020.
The Red Sox will return back to Fenway Park on April 16th. There, they will welcome the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners. Boston will finish April on the road, where they will face the New York Mets and the Texas Rangers. The series against the Rangers will allow them to play at the new Globe Life Field. They will also go up against former teammate, Brock Holt.