Friday begins a three game final home stand before the All Star break for the Red Sox. They will be welcoming their National League East rival, the Philadelphia Phillies, to Fenway for the first time since last season. Prior to their series against Boston, the Phillies went 3-1 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The 42-43 Phillies will be looking to try and get to the .500 mark in the series against Boston starting tonight. The Red Sox, however, plan to stay the best team in Major League Baseball.
Right now, Boston’s 54-34 in 2021. They are currently in first place in the AL East, and look to stay there. The Rays are right behind them though. Following their victory on Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians, they are 2.5 games in back of Boston. The series against the Angels didn’t go too well for the Red Sox. After winning game one, they dropped the next two games. Boston looks to bounce back against the Phillies this weekend.
What To Expect in the Final Home Stand Before the All Star Break
Friday’s night game will have Garrett Richards going up against Vince Velasquez. Richards is currently 4-5 on the season, with a 4.88 ERA in 17 games. Last time out, he got the no decision against Oakland after going 5 innings, allowing 2 runs off of 5 hits. Velasquez is 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 17 games for the Phillies. His last game resulted in a loss to the San Diego Padres. Velasquez went 6 innings, allowing 9 hits and 5 runs.
Saturday’s afternoon game will have Martin Perez vs Matt Moore. Perez will be seeking win number eight on the season. He is currently 7-4 with a 3.89 ERA. In his last outing, Perez earned the win against the Angels, where he pitch 5.1 innings, allowing 8 hits and 2 runs. Moore will be seeking his first win of the season when he makes his start on Saturday. He is currently 0-1 with a 5.60 ERA in 11 games. His last start against the Cubs resulted in a no decision, where he went 4 innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs.
Sunday’s finale will have former Phillies pitcher, Nick Pivetta, going up against Aaron Nola. Like Perez, Pivetta will be looking to get win number eight on the season. He is currently 7-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 17 games. In his start against Oakland, Pivetta earned his 7th win of the season. He went 7 innings in the game, allowing only 2 hits, and had 10 strikeouts. Aaron Nola will be looking for his 7th win of the season. He is currently 6-5 with a 4.53 ERA in 18 games in 2021. He earned the win in his last start against the Cubs, going 6 innings, allowing 6 hits and 4 runs, while striking out 8.
Boston’s All Stars Are Heading to Denver
Last week, we learned that Rafael Devers (1st selection) and Xander Bogaerts (3rd selection) will be starting in the All Star Game at Coors Field on Tuesday night. They are the first teammates to start at shortstop and third base in the game since Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez did it in 2011. Joining them are JD Martinez (4th selection), Matt Barnes (1st selection) and Nathan Eovaldi (1st selection). Martinez, Barnes and Eovaldi were selected by MLB, while Devers and Bogaerts were elected by the fans in the first round of voting.
The American League team will be managed by former Red Sox catcher and current Rays manager, Kevin Cash. A few notable names on the American League side are Shohei Ohtani, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Cedric Mullins. Ohtani will be making history as the first player to be in the game as both a pitcher and a batter. Both Guerrero Jr. and Mullins will be participating in their first All Star Game, and rightfully so. They’re both having great seasons for their respective teams, the Blue Jays and the Orioles.
Former Red Sox player and current Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts, will be managing the National League All Stars. Colorado will have one representative, right handed pitcher, German Marquez. The National League roster has many great players in their line up, including San Diego Padres shortshop, Fernando Tatis Jr and former Rockie Nolan Arenado. Mookie Betts was selected by MLB as a reserve player for the National League team.
What’s Next For Boston
Following the All Star break, the Red Sox will be on the road. Their first stop will be to Yankee Stadium to face the Yankees in a four game series. They look to continue their dominance over the Yankees in the series. Next up, they will be traveling to Buffalo to take on the Toronto Blue Jays for three games. The Red Sox will then be heading back to Fenway to face the Yankees and Blue Jays again before heading back on the road to close out July.
We are nearing the halfway mark of the season, and many are having flashbacks to the 2018 season, when the Red Sox kept climbing to the top. As they enter the final home stand before the All Star break, one can only wonder if the front office will make any moves before the trade deadline. The 54-34 Red Sox have proven that they can be a great team, and when Chris Sale comes back, they could be even better. However, one must wonder if Chaim Bloom and company will make a big trade to bring in more talent for Boston.