After a clean sweep against the Orioles, the Red Sox head to Target Field to face the Twins for the first time since June 2019. Due to COVID-19, the Red Sox were previously not able to play at Target Field. The Twins had a good season in 2020 going 36-24 and finishing first in their division. The Houston Astros, however, swept them in the American League Division Series.
The Red Sox look to do well in the Twin City, and will be facing a familiar foe when they arrive. J.A. Happ, who signed with Minnesota in the off season, played for the Yankees from 2018 – 2020. Happ was also a member of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2012 – 2014, and from 2016 – 2018. Red Sox pitching will be on high alert, as slugger Nelson Cruz will be in the line up for the Twins.
The Bats Broke Out In Baltimore
After sweeping the Rays, the bats stayed hot in the 3 game set in Camden Yards. Homeruns by JD Martinez, Rafael Devers and Alex Verdugo propelled the Red Sox to a sweep of the Orioles. The Red Sox outscored the Orioles, 27-16, and the pitching didn’t disappoint either.
Eduardo Rodriguez, who made his first start since September 29th, 2019, got his first win of 2021. Garrett Richards and Nick Pivetta did well in their starts as well. The bullpen has a bit of work to do, but they held it together to help Boston hold down Baltimore. Now, they are off to Target Field with a 6 game winning streak.
Matchups for Target Field
The first game of the series will feature former Twin, Martin Perez for the Red Sox, and the newest Twin, JA Happ. Perez, who pitched for the Twins in 2019, will face his former team for the first time since signing with Boston. He is looking for his first win of the season, after getting the no decision against Tampa Bay last week. Happ, who pitched for the Yankees last season, is also going for his first win of 2021. He last pitched against the Tigers on April 6th.
Game 2’s match up will feature Nathan Eovaldi and the former Dodger, Kenta Maeda. Game 3 will have Eduardo Rodriguez for Boston, and long time Twins pitcher Jose Berrios going head to head. The final game of the series will have Garrett Richards going up against another familiar foe, Michael Pineda. Red Sox fans will remember him for being kicked out of a game in 2014 for having pine tar on his hat when he was with the Yankees.
What’s Next For Boston
After their series in the Twin City, the Red Sox head back to Fenway to open a 10 game home stand. The Chicago White Sox will be coming to Fenway Park for a 4 game series starting on Friday night. They are currently 4-5 on the season, and will be facing the Cleveland Indians at home.. Last time the White Sox were at Fenway, was in June 2019.
Following the series against the White Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays, I mean the Florida Blue Jays will be coming to Fenway for 2 games. Then, the Seattle Mariners will be coming to town for the first time since May 2019. The Red Sox look to do well in this homestand before heading back on the road to Citi Field.