The Red Sox Begin The Final Month Against the Twins

After a successful road trip, the Red Sox begin the final month against the Twins at Fenway. While most of the league had games on Monday, the Red Sox had the day off, and with that, started their September call ups. With the rosters expanding to 40 players, many regulars will get some much needed rest. This will also allow younger players to get playing time, and to show the team and fans what they have to offer.

Tuesday night begins the three game set against the first place Minnesota Twins. Right now, they are 85-52 in the American League Central. Behind them, is the Cleveland Indians, who are 6 games back. After the Twins come to Boston, the New York Yankees come to town for a weekend series. Both series are crucial for the Red Sox as they look to try and get a wild card spot.

The Twins Come To Fenway

Game one against the first place Twins will have Rick Porcello up against Randy Dobnak. Porcello last pitched against the Twins on June 17th. He got the win in the game, going 7 innings allowing 4 hits and striking out 8 batters. Dobnak is making his 4th Major League start, as he made his debut back on August 9th. This will be his first MLB start. Last time he pitched was against the Detroit Tigers, where he pitched one inning allowing 2 hits and striking out 3 batters.

Eduardo Rodriguez will have the ball for Boston in game two against Jose Berrios. Like Porcello, Rodriguez also faced Minnesota in June. He pitched on June 19th, and earned the win in the game. Rodriguez went 7 innings allowing 4 runs off of 8 hits while striking out 9 batters. Berrios pitched against Boston on June 17th, and despite going 8 innings, he got the loss in the game. He went 8 innings, allowing 5 hits and one earned run.

The final game at Fenway will feature Nathan Eovaldi and Martin Perez. Eovaldi will be making his 4th start since coming off of the injured list. The last time he pitched was on August 30th against the Angels, where he went 4 innings, allowing one run off of 3 hits. Last time Perez pitched for the Twins was on August 31st against Detroit. He went 2.2 innings, allowing 7 earned runs off of 9 hits.

Can The September Call Ups Help Boston?

Prior to the game on September 1st, the Red Sox called up some key players that they hope can help them in the final month of the season. Ryan Weber, Jhoulys Chacin, Travis Lakins and Hector Velazquez got the call from Pawtucket to help in the bullpen. Catcher Juan Centeno, and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez were also called up from the minors.

With the minor league season over, the roster will be expanding even more. The Pawtucket Red Sox won their final game thanks to a walk off two run home run in the 10th inning from Cole Sturgeon. That home run was his 3rd of the game. The Portland Sea Dogs lost their final game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 8-7.

The Salem Red Sox won their last game against the Carolina Mud Hens. Now, the Salem Sox will be facing the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the Mills Cup Semi Finals starting on Wednesday. The Lowell Spinners are also in the postseason as well. Their last regular season game was a 4-2 win against the Connecticut Tigers. Lastly, the Greenville Drive finished their season with a loss on Sunday, and a cancelled game on Monday due to rain.

How Will Boston Do In The Final Month of the Season?

With the final month of the season starting with a 4-3 win in Anaheim, the Red Sox are looking to continue their win streak tonight. However, the Twins and Yankees are heating up, and are looking to dominate the rest of the season so they can get home field advantage in the postseason. The Red Sox are looking to play spoilers to these two teams before heading to Toronto and Philadelphia next week.

Closing Out The Road Trip Against The Angels in Anaheim

Last night’s epic win over the Angels was just what the doctor ordered for the Red Sox. The Red Sox, who are closing out the road trip against the Angels, are looking to end August on a high note. They are also looking to enter September strong as well.

Before closing out the road trip at Angels Stadium, the Red Sox have gone 4-1 on the road trip. They took two of the three games in San Diego, and took both games in Colorado. They’re currently at 72-62, and 5.5 games back of the Wild Card. Do they have what it takes to get one of the spots? Who knows, but September is slowly approaching.

A Not So Rockie Sweep

After splitting the two games against the Rockies in May, the Red Sox went to Denver and took both games. Led by a 478 foot home run by Jackie Bradley Jr, the Red Sox won the game, 10-6. Rick Porcello pitched 5 innings, picking up his 12th win of the season. The Rockies starter, Rico Garcia, made his MLB debut on Tuesday night, and was introduced to the Red Sox offense right away. Garcia lasted 5 innings as well, but gave up 6 earned runs.

Game 2 was a sweet win for Boston, as Xander Bogaerts became the first Red Sox shortstop in 21 years to hit 30 home runs, and have 100 RBI’s in a season. The last time it was done, was by Nomar Garciaparra in 1998. Bogaerts hit 2 home runs in the game to lead Boston to the 7-4 win in Denver. J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers also hit home runs in the game. Eduardo Rodriguez improved to 16-5 on the season, going 5 innings, allowing 3 runs and striking out 5.

Closing Out The Road Trip in Anaheim

After an off day, the Red Sox had Nathan Eovaldi going up against Jose Suarez. The game started off with a bang, thanks to Mookie Betts’ 22nd home run of the season. Despite a 6-4 lead, the Angels tied it in the bottom of the 9th inning due to a two-run single by Albert Pujols. It wasn’t until the top of the 15th inning when Mookie Betts launched home run number 23 to left field that pushed Boston to a 7-6 win.

Game two will feature Dillon Peters for the Angels, and the Red Sox have yet to name a starter. Peters, who is in his third Major League season, is looking for his fourth win in an Angels uniform. The Red Sox might send out Brian Johnson for the game. Johnson, who has been a spot starter for Boston this season, last started on Sunday against the Padres.

Sunday’s game will have David Price against Andrew Heaney. This will be Price’s first start since coming off of the injury list. Price will be looking to improve to 8-5 on the season. He last pitched on August 4th against the Yankees, where he only went 2.2 innings, allowing seven runs off of nine hits. Heaney will be looking to get his fourth win of the season in the game against the Red Sox.

Going Into The Final Month

The Red Sox will be closing out the road trip this weekend in Anaheim. From there, the team will be coming back to Fenway Park to face the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees. This series, and this home stand, is important to the Red Sox if they want to see the postseason. Both the Twins and Yankees are on a tear with no signs of slowing down.

From now until the last game at the end of September is important. If the Red Sox want to defend their title, they need to keep winning games, and stay healthy. They already lost Chris Sale for the rest of the season due to an elbow injury. Also, starting September 1st, rosters expand, so we will start seeing minor leaguers coming up to the big league club to contribute. It will be an interesting month, that’s for sure.

West Coast Trip Continues Against The Rockies

After taking on the San Diego Padres, the Red Sox continue their West Coast trip in Denver. Unlike in the past, the Red Sox did well this Player’s Weekend, taking 2 of the 3 games from San Diego. Game one was a 11-0 slug fest for Boston, and game 2 saw the Red Sox win 5-4. Sunday’s game, however, ended in a 3-1 loss to the NL East Padres.

They now look to take on the Colorado Rockies in the second part of the west coast trip.West Coast Trip After splitting the two games in Boston back in May, the Red Sox look to take both games in Denver against the Rockies. Prior to welcoming Boston, the Rockies hosted the Atlanta Braves, and won on a walk off. Ryan McMahon hit a 2 run home run in the bottom of the 9th to win it, 3-1. The game was a make up game from earlier in the season.

Players Weekend in San Diego

After a walk off win in the suspended game on Thursday, the Red Sox traveled to San Diego to face the Padres at Petco Park. Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 7 solid innings, allowing only 5 hits, and striking out 6 batters. JD Martinez hit 2 home runs to propel the Red Sox to the 11-0 win over the struggling Padres.

Game 2 was a bit of a challenge for Boston, as the squeezed out a 5-4 win on Saturday. Nathan Eovaldi made the start for Boston, but only lasted 3 innings, allowing two runs off of 4 hits. Matt Barnes picked up the win, and Brandon Workman earned his 8th save of the season. The game was tied 4-4 until Brock Holt’s 3rd home run of the season in the top of the 9th off of Kirby Yates.

The Red Sox were looking for the sweep in game 3. The Padres had other plans. Brian Johnson was the starter, and only pitched 3 innings until turning it over to the bullpen. Manny Machado hit a 2 run home run in the first off of Johnson, and Francisco Mejia hit a run scoring single for the Padres. JD Martinez hit his 31st home run in the fourth, but the offense fell short, as the Red Sox lost 3-1.

Continuing the West Coast Trip in Denver

After splitting the series in Boston 1-1 back in May, the Red Sox look to take both games in Denver. Rick Porcello will be the game one starter in the west coast trip, and Eduardo Rodriguez will be the game two starter. The Rockes haven’t named a game one starter, but Peter Lambert will be going in game two of the series.

The last time the Red Sox faced the Rockies at Coors Field was in September 2013. That west coast trip saw the Red Sox split the series 1-1. For Alex Cora, coming back to Coors Field will bring back some good memories, as he was part of the 2007 World Series team that beat the Rockies 4-0.

It was reported that fellow 2007 World Series Champion, Dustin Pedroia, will join the team in Denver. The last time Red Sox Nation heard from Pedroia was back in May, when he announced that he was taking a leave from baseball. Pedroia has been in touch with Alex Cora and other members of the Red Sox. It’s reported that he has about two more weeks on crutches, as he underwent another surgery not too long ago.

Closing out the Trip in Anaheim

The Red Sox will close out the West Coast trip in Anaheim against the LA Angels. The last time the Red Sox faced the Angels was at Fenway Park in the beginning of August. The four game set was split 2-2, but the Red Sox are looking to take all three games.

Player’s Weekend Begins In San Diego

As the Red Sox begin their road trip, their first stop is Petco Park in San Diego. This weekend is also the annual Player’s Weekend, in which the players will be wearing special uniforms with a nickname on the back. Instead of the usual Little League uniform style, MLB introduced a new style for this weekend. Players will either wear black on black, or white on white jerseys.

In the past, the Red Sox haven’t done so well during the Player’s Weekend. They’replayer's weekend looking to turn it around this weekend, as they begin a three game series against the NL East San Diego Padres. This will be their first trip to Petco Park since September 2016, when they went 2-1 against the Padres.

The Baltimore Sweep

After taking the last two games in Cleveland, the Red Sox felt pretty confident heading back to Fenway Park to face the Baltimore Orioles. The first game was just what Red Sox Nation needed. The offense brought in nine runs, and Rick Porcello pitched six solid innings, earning his eleventh win of the season. Both Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland tripled, and Mookie Betts hit his 21st home run of the season.

Eduardo Rodriguez got the ball in game 2 of the series. Rodriguez went 7.1 innings, allowing only four hits and striking out four. Both Brock Holt and Rafael Devers homered, and the Red Sox took the second game, 4-0.

Game three proved to be a challenge for the Red Sox. After taking the first two from the Orioles, and riding a four game winning streak, Alex Cora sent Nathan Eovaldi to the mound to start the game. After allowing six runs in three innings, the Red Sox offense went to work. Devers hit a grounder to the second baseman, which scored Chris Owings. Sam Travis hit a solo home run, and Devers hit a two run home run in the game. The final was 13-7, and allowed Boston to ride a five game win streak.

The Philadelphia Invasion

The Red Sox welcomed the Phillies for their annual matchup at Fenway Park. This two game set didn’t go as planned for Boston, as they lost both games. Pitching in place of the injured Chris Sale, Brian Johnson got the ball in game one against Aaron Nola. Despite a home run by Jackie Bradley Jr, the Red Sox couldn’t come back from the 3-0 deficit with a final score of 3-2.

Game two of two didn’t go so well for Boston either. The Red Sox sent Rick Porcello to the mound against former Tampa Bay Ray, Drew Smyly. Boston started off the scoring, carrying a 2-0 lead into the top of the fifth. From there, the Phillies, led by a Bryce Harper two-run home run, scored three runs in the fifth. From there, the Phillies added on two more runs. The final score was 5-2.

Brockstar Walks It Off

After a two week wait, the Red Sox finally finished off the Royals. For those who don’t remember, the Red Sox had the lead in the last game against the Royals, until Darwinzon Hernandez and Nathan Eovaldi allowed a run each to score. The rain, of course, was another factor in the delay. As the ninth inning started, the rain slowly came down. Rain eventually delayed the game, which was postponed to August 22nd.

Anyways, in a game that wasn’t deemed to last long, the Red Sox walked it off in about 12 minutes. With one out, Christian Vazquez doubled to center field. Chris Owings came in to replace Vazquez as a pinch runner. Sam Travis was intentionally walked, leaving Richard Lovelady to face Brock “Brockstar” Holt. Sure enough, Holt hit a single to left field, allowing Owings to score. The Red Sox finally won, 5-4.

Player’s Weekend – San Diego Edition

Eduardo Rodriguez has the ball in game one against rookie Chris Paddack. Game two will have Nathan Eovaldi going up against Donelson Lamet. Cora has yet to name a starter for the final game, but the Padres will be sending Joey Lucchesi to the mound.

The Red Sox will be seeing some familiar faces in San Diego this weekend. The most notable is Manny Machado. Lucky for him, Machado will not be facing Chris Sale this weekend. Another is former Royal Eric Hosmer. During the 2017 off season, Hosmer signed an eight year deal with San Diego. Former Red Sox prospect Manuel Margot is also with the Padres. Margot was acquired by San Diego in the 2015 off season that saw Craig Kimbrel come to Boston.

Historic Series for Boston As They Take Two in Cleveland

After dropping game one in Cleveland, the Red Sox had a surge that lasted two games. This surge was fueled by Chris Sale, Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts. These three men had a historic series in Cleveland that propelled the Red Sox to victory. Sale became the fastest pitcher to get to 2,000 career strikeouts  on Tuesday night. He achieved the milestone after pitching in 1,626 innings. The last person to accomplish the feat was Hall of Famer, Pedro Martinez. Both pitchers also accomplished the feat while playing for Boston.

That’s not all. Rafael Devers, at the age of 22, went 6-6 in the game that led Boston to ahistoric series 7-6 victory over the Indians on Tuesday. Devers became the first player in MLB history to record 6 or more hits, including 4 doubles. The last player to go 6-6 was Christian Yelich last season. Wednesday turned to be pretty special as well. Xander Bogaerts hit his 100th and 101th career home runs on Wednesday afternoon, helping the Red Sox beat Cleveland 5-1.

Historic Series for the Red Sox

After losing the final two games to the Angels, the Red Sox headed to Cleveland to take on the Indians. Game one had Eduardo Rodriguez going up against Zach Plesac. Rodriguez, who has been a reliable force in the rotation for Boston, pitched 6 innings, allowing 5 runs on 10 hits. Plesac went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs off of 7 hits. However, the game ended with the Indians walking off with a 6-5 victory in the bottom of the 9th inning. Marcus Walden gave up the game winning home run with no outs to Carlos Santana.

The first part of the historic series began on Tuesday night. With Chris Sale on the mound looking like his old self, it was only a matter of time before strikeout #2,000 of his career occurred. Indians center fielder, Oscar Mercado, was Sale’s 2,000th strikeout. Mercado swung and missed at a slider to end the third inning, and allowed Sale to be the fastest pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeouts. The next historic moment came from Rafael Devers. The 22 year old hit 4 doubles, and went 6-6 in the game. His first hit, a double, came in the first inning, when he ripped a double to left field, allowing Mookie Betts to score. He also managed to raise his batting average to .325 following the game.

The final game of the historic series also had a great moment. In the top of the 3rd inning, Xander Bogaerts hit his 100th home run of his career off of Shane Bieber. In the 7th inning, Bogaerts wasted no time adding onto the 100 home runs, by hitting #101 off of Nick Goody. This allowed the Red Sox to win the game, 5-1.

Gearing Up for the Orioles

After a well deserved off day on Thursday, the Red Sox will be hosting the Orioles. Prior to their series in Boston, Baltimore was in New York playing against the AL East leading New York Yankees. Unfortunately for the Orioles, they were swept 4-0 against the Yankees, falling to a record of 39-82.

They’ll be sending Aaron Brooks to the mound to face Rick Porcello in the first game. Brooks last pitched against Boston on April 30th, where he went 4.1 innings, allowing 6 hits and 5 runs. Rick Porcello is looking for win #11 of the season after taking the loss against the Angels this past weekend.

Game two will feature Asher Wojciechowski and Eduardo Rodriguez. The final game of the series on Sunday afternoon doesn’t have starting pitchers named yet for either team. After this series, the next time the Orioles play the Red Sox is the final series of the regular season from September 17th to September 29th in Boston.

Harper and the Phillies Come to Town

After another long off season, Bryce Harper signed a mega 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. This allowed him to stay in the National League East, after playing the first 7 years of his career with the Washington Nationals. This will be the first time the Red Sox will be playing against the new look Phillies, as they also added JT Realmuto and Andrew McCutchen to their roster in the offseason.

The Phillies are currently 62-58, and are in 3rd place in the NL East. Before they come to Boston on Tuesday, they will be hosting the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park in Philadephia. The Red Sox will be playing there from September 14th to September 15th.

Mookie Betts on the Trade Block?

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I find it weird that this even a question, but here we are! Multiple reports have come out over the last few days about the Red Sox entertaining the idea about trading one of the game’s premier players, Mookie Betts. When I first heard this, I thought the notion of the Red Sox even considering putting Betts on the trade block was absolutely bananas. Why would you trade the face of the franchise, who is just about to hit his prime and is already one of the best players in baseball?

Well, you have to ask yourself, how the heck did we get here?trade block

Earlier this year Mookie Betts turned down an 8 year $200 million contract to stay in Boston. If you’re Mookie it makes sense considering you saw Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado get huge pay increases with their new contracts. Mookie isn’t stupid. He knows he’s better than Machado and Harper and is nipping at the heels of Mike Trout in terms of production. I’m sure if the Red Sox offered something north of $300 million Mookie might have considered giving in and agreeing to that sort of deal.

 

However, that is where the next issue lies, payroll. The Red Sox have the highest payroll in baseball and, if you haven’t noticed, are a bit strapped for cash. I guess making upgrades to the bullpen in the offseason is tough when you’re allocating almost $19 million to Pablo Sandoval for literally just existing at this point. It also doesn’t help that they owe Dustin Pedroia (who only has one functioning knee) almost $30 million over the next two years. David Price isn’t getting any younger either and is owed roughly $90 million over the next three years. In addition to these poorly managed and dead money contracts, the Red Sox used some additional payroll flexibility to sign Chris Sale and Xander Bogaerts to long term deals.

I know I’m playing captain hindsight right now, but the less frivolous spending would have given the Red Sox a bit more flexibility to lock in one of the best players in baseball. Now, by trading Betts, I can only imagine they could use the assets to bolster a depleted farm system and maybe add some depth to their pitching staff.

Keeping Mookie Long Term? Or Is The Trade Block In His Future?

If the Red Sox somehow sign Betts to a massive contract, I don’t know where else they will be able to improve the rest of the team? The Red Sox can print money all they want, but being at the top of the payroll in baseball means you are subject to a high luxury tax. Now, if you want to pay that type of luxury tax, fine, but make sure you actually stay competitive and not pretend like everything’s okay (I’m looking at you, Dombrowski).

Let’s just hope both sides figure things out and are able to come to a common ground to benefit the team and the player. I want Mookie Betts to retire in a Red Sox uniform and have number 50 retired with the likes of Ortiz, Martinez, Williams, Fisk, Yaz, Boggs, etc. However, I also want this team to be competitive in the future.