The Red Sox currently have one of the best records in baseball. A team that may have been viewed as a long shot contender by some heading into the season, are now looking like viable contenders. The Red Sox will have a chance to prove they are contenders with their upcoming schedule.
Starting with the current series against the Blue Jays, the Red Sox will face four teams with 22 or more wins between now and June 16th. This includes three pivotal AL East series. Two are against the Blue Jays for a total of seven games, and one-three game series against the Yankees.
Important AL East Match-ups
The AL East is shaping up to be a tight finish, with four out of the five teams within two games of each other. This will make every inter-series matchup crucial for the Red Sox if they want to keep pace in the AL East.
The Red Sox will also see the Houston Astros, who currently sit at 24-18, and just a game and a half our first place in the AL West a total of seven times during this stretch. The Astros are starting to turn the corner as they have won seven of their last 10 games.
NL East Talent Looms As Well
The Sox will get a taste of some of the NL East’s top teams as well. The Red Sox will kick off three-game against Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies on the road starting Friday, May 21st. The Phillies currently sit at 22-20, just one game behind the Mets for first place in the NL East. The Phillies have been dominant at home, posting a 14-6 record.
The Red Sox will also face off against the Ronald Acuna and the underwhelming Atlanta Braves a total of four times. The Braves are loaded with talent but have surprisingly struggled. But this is a team that can flip the switch any night. Making this a series the Red Sox can not take lightly.
This is just the first part of what will be a grueling stretch for the Red Sox. The Red Sox schedule will be tough for the remainder of the season. A lot can happen between now and late June, so I didn’t want to touch on those summer matchups just yet.
The Key For The Red Sox
If the Red Sox want to keep pace in the American League East during this stretch, the answer is simple. They can not afford to go on losing streaks. With the cast of talent, the Red Sox will see, and given how tight the division race will be, the Red Sox can not drop continuous games.