Four Game Set Begins at Yankee Stadium

After a home stand that saw the Red Sox go 2-5, they will head to Yankee Stadium for a four game set against the New York Yankees. What looked to be a promising home stand for Boston turned into a nightmare. At 6-13, and in last place in the AL East, they need to find a groove, and fast. This upcoming series against the first place Yankees will determine how the rest of this season goes. So far, it’s looking like a sinking ship.

For a team that won a World Series in 2018, this is not a good start. Granted, this is a 60four game set game season due to COVID. However, the Red Sox need to have everything clicking from their pitching to their offense. During the home stand, we did see several players step up, from Alex Verdugo to Kevin Pillar. Now, if only our pitching was consistent, this team would be all set.

Red Sox Hope To Do Better at Yankee Stadium With Four Game Set

After being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox head to Yankee Stadium to face the red hot Yankees. Friday’s starting pitcher for the Red Sox hasn’t been announced yet, but the Yankees will be sending out their ace, Gerrit Cole. At 3-0 with a 3.22 ERA, Cole has been a huge help to the Yankees rotation. He has yet to pitch against the Red Sox this season. Last time out for Cole, he pitched 4.2 innings, and took a no decision against the Rays.

Saturday night’s 7pm matchup to kick off the four game set is between Nathan Eovaldi and James Paxton. Eovaldi, who is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA, last pitched on August 9th against the Blue Jays. He went six innings, allowing three hits and three runs while striking out ten batters. For Paxton, this will be his second time facing the Red Sox in 2020. Last time he faced Boston, he only went three innings, allowing three runs off of seven hits in a 9-7 Yankees victory. Paxton is currently 0-1 on the season, with a 7.84 ERA.

Sunday Night Baseball heads to the Bronx, which means Sunday’s 7pm game will be on ESPN. The Red Sox have yet to name a starter for this game, however, the Yankees will have JA Happ on the mound. Happ, who is 0-1 with a 10.29 ERA, has only pitched in two games this season. Last time out for Happ was against the Phillies. He went three innings in that game, allowing four runs off of three hits.

Monday’s finale will have Martin Perez pitching for Boston. The Yankees have yet to name a starter for Monday night’s game. Perez, who is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA, will get his first taste of the Yankees vs Red Sox rivalry. He last pitched against the Rays, taking the loss after pitching 5.2 innings, allowing two runs off of three hits.

The Road Ahead

After a short trip to Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox head back to Fenway Park to take on Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies for two games. After that very short home stand, they are back on the road to face the Orioles and the Blue Jays. The Red Sox will be finishing August at home against the 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves.

We are a few weeks away from the MLB Trade Deadline. Usually on July 31st, MLB moved it to August 31st for this season. Since the season has started, the Red Sox have struggled at certain points during the season. It’ll be interesting to see who comes and who goes come August 31st. Obviously, pitching is a huge priority for Boston. Right now, with Boston in last place, the question is, are they buyers or sellers?

Struggling Red Sox Head Back To Fenway

After a disastrous road trip that saw them go 3-4, the struggling Red Sox head back to Fenway to start a seven game home stand with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox did well against the New York Mets at Citi Field, taking both games. However, when the Red Sox landed in the Bronx, things took a turn for the worse. The red hot Yankees swept Boston in their three game series.

After an off day, the struggling Red Sox started a two game series against the Rays atstruggling red sox Tropicana Field. With Nathan Eovaldi on the mound for game one, it was a sure win for Boston. However, the Rays had other plans, winning 5-1. Game two was a different story for Boston. Behind a great start by Martin Perez, and home runs by Alex Verdugo and Michael Chavis, they beat the Rays 5-0. Now, they will carry that momentum to Fenway Park this weekend.

Struggling Red Sox Welcome the Blue Jays

After an off day on Thursday, the Red Sox will take on the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Ryan Weber will take the ball for Boston against Tanner Roark. Weber is currently 0-2 with a 11.57 ERA in seven innings. His last time out against the Yankees was a 5-1 loss for Boston. Weber only went 3.1 innings, allowing three runs off of four hits. Tanner Roark has only pitched in one game so far, which was a 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. Roark went five innings, allowing one run and three hits.

Saturday’s matchup will feature Matt Shoemaker and Zack Godley. Both pitchers are looking for their first win of the 2020 season. Godley, who will be making his third appearance in a Red Sox uniform, is 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA. He last pitched against the Yankees on August 1st, going 3.1 innings in the 5-2 loss. Shoemaker will be making his third appearance of the season as well, last pitching on August 4th against the Braves. He took the loss in the game, going 4.2 innings, allowing six runs off of six hits.

Neither team has announced a starter for Sunday’s 1:35pm game yet. This series is critical for both teams. The Blue Jays are currently 4-6, while the Red Sox are 4-8. For the Red Sox, one player that they need to be careful of is Teocar Hernandez. He is currently batting .297 with four home runs in 37 at bats. Hernandez is leading his team in many categories, including home runs, RBI’s, and stolen bases.

One key part of this series is offense. Right now, the Red Sox’s offense continues to struggle. Home runs by Verdugo and Chavis on Wednesday night showed promise for the last place Red Sox. However, players like JD Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts need to find their 2019 bats and start bringing the offense back to life.

Tampa Bay Rays Come to Boston For Four Games

After the Blue Jays leave Fenway, the struggling Red Sox will welcome the Tampa Bay Rays for a four game series. The Red Sox are currently 1-1 against the Rays, who are 5-7 on the season. Before coming to Boston, the Rays will be hosting the first place Yankees for a four game set starting today. They will then begin their road trip in Boston.

Second baseman Brandon Lowe has been a bright spot for the Rays. He is leading the team in batting average, runs, and hits. Their pitching has been alright, wit Ryan Yarbrough having the lowest ERA on the team, 3.78, followed by Charlie Morton’s 5.52 ERA.

The Red Sox look to have success in this four game set against the Rays, like they did on Wednesday night. Like the series against the Blue Jays, the Red Sox need to do well in this series as well. Right now, there are only 48 games left of the season, and the Red Sox are in a hole. The games against the Jays and Rays will be challenging, but are important.

The First Road Series of 2020

After going 1-4 at home against the Orioles and the Mets, the Red Sox are heading off to New York for their first road series of 2020. We’re less than a week into the 2020 season, and the Red Sox have already hit a bump in the road. The pitching, except for Nathan Eovaldi, has been spotty. Red Sox pitching has given up a total of 29 runs since the second game of the season. The offense has also been quiet, and are not taking advantage of runners in scoring position.

This first road series of 2020 will put the Red Sox to the test. They head to Citi Field forfirst road series two games against the Mets, then head to Yankee Stadium to face the Yankees for a three game weekend series. From there, they travel to Tampa Bay to face the first place Rays for two games. With only 55 games left of the season, anything can happen. However, the Red Sox need to figure out a way to do well in their first road series of 2020.

First Road Series of 2020 vs the Mets

The Red Sox will be taking on the Mets in a two game series at Citi Field. This will be the final time the Red Sox face the Mets until 2021, when the Red Sox travel to Citi Field at the end of April. Tonight’s matchup is between Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob deGrom. Last time out for Eovaldi was on Opening Day. He went 6 innings, striking out 4 batters, and got the win in a 13-2 victory over the Orioles. Like Eovaldi, deGrom was the Mets Opening Day starter against the Braves. He got a no decision in the 1-0 win. In that outing, deGrom went 5 innings, striking out 8 batters.

The final game will feature Martin Perez and Steven Matz. Perez made his Red Sox debut on Saturday, going 5 innings in the 7-2 loss to the Orioles. He is looking to get his first Red Sox win on Thursday night against the Mets. Steven Matz will be looking for his first win of the season against Boston, after going 6 innings while striking out 7 in the 5-3 loss to the Braves.

The Rivalry Returns for 2020

After their series against the Mets, the Red Sox will be heading to Yankee Stadium to take on the Yankees. This three game set will be important to both teams. While the Red Sox are currently 1-4, the Yankees are 2-1. Their series against the Phillies that was supposed to begin on Monday, has been postponed due to a COVID outbreak that occurred when the Miami Marlins were in Philly. Now, the Yankees will be playing the Orioles today and tomorrow.

No starting pitchers have been announced for either team, however, the Red Sox will most likely have Ryan Weber start the first game of the series on Friday night. All three games will have a start time of 7:05pm. The next time the Red Sox face the Yankees this season will be from August 14th to August 17th at Yankee Stadium.

Battling the Rays in Florida

The Red Sox will be closing out the first road trip of 2020 at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field. They will be taking on the Rays in a two game series starting on August 4th at 6:40pm. Right now, the Rays are 4-1 after taking on the Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves at home.

The Rays will be on the road starting tonight, with a two game series against the Braves, followed by a three game series against the Orioles before heading home to face Boston. The next time the Rays play the Red Sox will be at Fenway Park from August 10th to August 13th.

Looking At The 2020 Red Sox Roster

We are closing in on Opening Day for Major League Baseball. The 2020 Red Sox roster will look different this season, mainly because of the protocols that are in place for COVID-19. Major League teams will be allowed to carry 30 players on the active roster, while having other players at an alternative site. For the Red Sox, that alternative site will be McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI. Here, players will be waiting for the call up to Boston. At McCoy, players will be able to workout and practice so that they will be ready in case they have to go to Boston.

Like 2020, this season will be different for the Red Sox. The 2020 Red Sox roster will startred sox roster 2020 off with 30 players, then go down to 28, and end with 26 after a month. While there won’t be an All-Star Game, and we won’t get a chance to see certain teams like the Astros or the Dodgers, there will be a trade deadline at the end of August. The fun begins on Friday, so let’s see what the Red Sox will be bringing to the table.

Breaking Down The 2020 Red Sox Roster

At the catcher’s position, odds are the Red Sox will have Christian Vazquez, Jonathan Lucroy and Kevin Plawecki on the roster. The Red Sox brought in Lucroy and Plawecki this past offseason on one year deals, following the trade of Sandy Leon. They will be fighting for the prime backup catcher position once the rosters go back down to 26, unless Ron Roenicke plans to keep all three catchers.

The infield will have many familiar faces in it. Mitch Moreland will be at first base, Xander Bogaerts at short stop, and Rafael Devers at third base. Michael Chavis will be on the roster, and most likely be platooning with Moreland at first. The Red Sox brought in Jose Pereza this past offseason to play second base. Tzu-Wei Lin and Jonathan Arauz will also be key utility infielders for Boston.

The Red Sox outfield has a few new faces in it. Joining Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr are Alex Verdugo and Kevin Pillar. Red Sox fans will remember Pillar, who played for the Toronto Blue Jays and the San Francisco Giants. Verdugo, who came to Boston in the Mookie Betts and David Price trade, will be looking to make a name for himself in the outfield.

The Red Sox have their designated hitter in slugger JD Martinez. After signing a five-year deal prior to the 2018 season, Martinez has decided to stay in a Red Sox uniform for the 2020 season, despite the opt out option in his contract.

The Starting Rotation and Bullpen

Right now going into the 2020 season, the Red Sox have Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez, Ryan Weber and Brian Johnson in their starting rotation. Eduardo Rodriguez will be joining the rotation at some point during the season, but there isn’t an exact timetable on that yet. Rodriguez didn’t report to camp until recently due to recovering from COVID-19. The Red Sox brought in Collin McHugh in March to fill in for a rotation spot, but he opted out of the 2020 season due to an arm injury. McHugh, who had elbow issues entering the season, didn’t think he would be ready for the 2020 season.

The Red Sox bullpen will look similar to last season, with a few new faces in the mix. Closer Brandon Workman is back for his role with the Red Sox. So will Matt Barnes, Ryan Braiser, Marcus Walden, and Colten Brewer. Newcomers Josh Osich, Jeffrey Springs, Chris Mazza, Austin Brice and Matt Hall will be looking to make a name for themselves in Boston this season.

The Week Ahead

The Red Sox play two exhibition games starting Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Ryan Weber will get the ball for Boston, and Nate Pearson will get the ball for Toronto. Both games will be at 7:30pm.

The Red Sox will have an off day on Thursday, before welcoming the Baltimore Orioles to Fenway Park for Opening Day. Ron Roenicke announced recently that Nathan Eovaldi will be the Opening Day starter for Boston, since Eduardo Rodriguez is still getting ready for the season following a delayed start. John Means will be Baltimore’s Opening Day starter this season.

How Will the Red Sox Fair in 2020?

We are one week away from the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season. For teams like the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees, that means getting back into the playoffs. As for the Red Sox, they are not looking like postseason contenders, even with a shorter season. How will the Red Sox fair in 2020? Well, right now, the World Series odds for the 2020 Red Sox are actually worse than what they were back in March. This past offseason saw some big names leave the Red Sox organization, with Rick Porcello signing with the New York Mets, and Mookie Betts and David Price were traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The rival New York Yankees on the other hand, signed the biggest fish in the free agency pond in Gerrit Cole. 

During the offseason, the Red Sox had to rework their system. With the firing of Davered sox fair Dombrowski in September, they needed a new President of Baseball Operations. Near the end of October, the Red Sox got their guy in Chaim Bloom. Prior to joining Boston, Bloom was the Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Tampa Bay Rays. Now the Chief Baseball Officer for the Red Sox, Bloom was tasked with trying to get the Red Sox back into the postseason. From trading catcher Sandy Leon, to signing infielder Jose Peraza and pitcher Martin Perez, fans were left scratching their heads. Key players like Rick Porcello and Brock Holt signed with new teams, and the Red Sox did not look the same prior to Spring Training. 

How the Red Sox Fair in 2020 Is a Matter of Chance

In January of 2020, the Red Sox were hit by the Houston Astros cheating scandal, when former manager Alex Cora was named in the report in regards to Houston’s involvement in cheating during the 2017 season. Cora was the bench coach for Houston at the time, and was one of the main people who was involved in the scandal. This lead to Cora resigning from the Red Sox, and left a hole in the manager position with less than a month before Spring Training. Between finding a new manager, and trading Mookie Betts and David Price, the Red Sox seem to be in rebuilding mode. 

While the rest of the American League East has fallen silent, the New York Yankees keep looking for ways to improve. They brought back veteran outfielder Brett Gardner with a one year contract, and signed Gerrit Cole to a massive nine year, $324 million dollar contract. This contract is the richest contract that has ever been given to a Major League Baseball player. Cole finished the 2019 season 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts. While he didn’t get a ring with the Houston Astros, he did pretty well in the 2019 season. The new ace of the Yankees is looking to improve upon his 2019 season in 2020. While the Yankees are down one starting pitcher with Luis Severino out with Tommy John surgery, they still have plenty of weapons in their arsenal. 

The Difference Between the Red Sox and the Yankees

With Rick Porcello signing with the New York Mets, David Price being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chris Sale having Tommy John surgery in April, the Red Sox only have three reliable starters in Nathan Eovaldi, Eduardo Rodriguez and Martin Perez. Granted, the Red Sox did sign starting pitcher Collin McHugh before COVID-19 shut down the season. However, manager Ron Roenicke stated that McHugh might not be ready for the start of the season.  The Yankees on the other hand, have a full five man rotation, plus a few relievers that can start at a moment’s notice. Chaim Bloom and the Red Sox have been scrambling to try and find a few good starting pitchers for the Red Sox, but as of now, there is currently an audition in Boston to see who will be starting this season. While the Red Sox do have a solid starting lineup with JD Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, pitching, whether it’s from the starting rotation or the bullpen, is what is going to be important in this short season. 

For the Yankees, they too have a solid starting lineup with Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit. Over the past few seasons, the big three of the New York Yankees have been a force in their lineup. Catcher Gary Sanchez has been a force in the Yankees lineup since he came onto the scene in 2015. Last season, despite committing fifteen errors as a catcher, he was named the American League All Star for the second time. Sanchez also hit 34 homeruns with 77 RBI’s. His career fielding percentage is .988% in his four seasons so far with the Yankees. Aaron Judge is the big name around the Big Apple, and last season kept crushing it both defensively and offensively. The 2017 American League Rookie of the Year won the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2019, as well as hit his 100th career home run. In total, he hit .272 with 27 homeruns and 62 RBI’s in the 2019 campaign. Luke Voit, unlike Sanchez and Judge, didn’t start his career with the Yankees. The Yankees acquired him from the St Louis Cardinals prior to the 2018 trade deadline. In 157 games with the Yankees as a first baseman, Voit has 35 homeruns and 95 RBI’s, and he only keeps getting better and better each time he steps up to the plate. 

A few things have been keeping the Yankees apart from the Red Sox over the past few years. The Red Sox have won two World Series Championships since 2010, but the Yankees haven’t won since 2009. The first thing is the Yankees keep looking for ways to improve. The signing of Gerrit Cole this past offseason, as well as the signings of DJ LeMahieu, J.A. Happ, and James Paxton prior to the 2019 season are proof that the Yankees want to add championship number 28 to their circle. In a way, the Yankees keep looking for that new puzzle piece, whereas the Red Sox keep looking to rebuild after winning a championship. 

How Will The Red Sox Fair in 2020?

Will the Red Sox do well in the short 2020 season? Only time can tell that. Right now, it’s not looking good for the nine time World Series Champions. With the schedule being mainly the American and National League East teams, it will be an uphill challenge for the Red Sox, especially with the reigning World Series Champion Washington Nationals in their schedule. The Yankees on the other hand, are out to win. After losing to the Houston Astros in the American League Championship series last postseason, many on the Yankees are looking to climb over that hurdle and make it into the 2020 World Series. Bringing in Cole to their rotation, and having a healthy lineup and bullpen is what will set them apart from the rest of the teams in the American League East. Many might say to not count the Red Sox out of the race, however, statistics don’t lie, and as of right now, the Red Sox have a mountain to climb. 

Book Review: The Adventures of Fenway and Hooper At Fenway Park

I usually review more serious and substantial baseball books. I couldn’t help but love The Adventures of Fenway and Hooper At Fenway Park by Brian Kalfass so much that I had to write about it. It’s a children’s book about two Boston Terrier brothers named Fenway and Hooper that live in Boston. They spend a day at Fenway Park after Fenway (aptly named) chases a ball into the ballpark. Hooper, named after Red Sox star Harry Hooper, catches up to his little brother and takes him all throughout the ballpark, telling him about its history.

The adventures of fenway and hooperThis book, at 21 pages, doesn’t take long to get through. Readers though will want to spend a lot of time looking at it anyway because of all the wonderful history it includes about the Boston Red Sox. For example, as Fenway and Hooper walk around the park, Fenway asks Hooper about the “ten big red numbers on white circles and one blue number” he sees in right field. Hooper tells him how those are retired players’ numbers, and explains why teams retire jersey numbers. Readers learn so much about Fenway Park through the dialogue between Fenway and Hooper, which is complimented by colorful illustrations by Meaghan Arbital. Making it even more fun, Kalfass adds “Fenway Facts” on almost every page that provides insights and statistics about key Red Sox players. The “Fenway Facts” also include significant events that took place at Fenway Park throughout its history.

Proceeds From the Book Go Towards Cancer Research

At one time, Kalfass’ family faced pediatric cancer, which inspired him to write the children’s book. As Kalfass writes at the start of the book, their dogs, Fenway and Hooper, played a tremendous role in helping to relieve their stress and comforting the family faced during that difficult time.

Two dollars from each sale will go towards cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. You can learn more about Dana-Farber and how you can help by going to their website at www.dana-farber.org. You can also buy a copy at amazon.com.