The Roller Coaster Ends At Fenway

After going 2-4 on the road trip, the roller coaster ends at Fenway Park. The Red Sox play their final series against the Orioles at home one last time in 2019. At 83-76, this season has been an up and down roller coaster since the beginning. Now, with no postseason, the team is looking to make something of the remaining three games.

Once the final play is made Sunday night, the Red Sox season will be over, and the postseason will begin. Many players on the Red Sox roster may not be in the Boston eduardo rodriguezclubhouse when the 2020 season begins. These next few months will be a strange one for Red Sox Nation, as we see other teams fight for the title of World Series Champions.

The Orioles vs Red Sox Matchup

The final home stand will feature three games. The first game will have Asher Wojciechowski up against Nathan Eovaldi. Last time Wojciechowski faced the Red Sox was back on August 17th. He went 4.1 innings, allowing two runs off of five hits and took the loss in the game. As for Eovaldi, he last pitched against the Orioles on August 18th in his first start since April. He only went two innings, allowing five runs off of three hits.

The second game will feature John Means against Jhoulys Chacin. Last time Means pitched against Boston was back on July 19th. He got the win in the game, going six innings, allowing two runs off of four hits. The Orioles have yet to see Chacin pitch this season. For Chacin, this will be his fifth start for the Red Sox, and he is looking for his fourth win of 2019.

The final game on Sunday will have a player to be named later up against Red Sox ace Eduardo Rodriguez. The Orioles have yet to name a starter in the season finale. The Red Sox will be sending Rodriguez to face his former team one last time in 2019. Rodriguez, who will be looking for win number 20 of the season, last pitched against Baltimore on August 17th., in which he earned the win. He went 7.1 innings in the game, and allowed only four hits.

Will There Be Any Final Farewells?

After the last out on Sunday, many Red Sox players will be free agents. Mitch Moreland, Brock Holt, and a few others may be playing their final games at Fenway Park this weekend. For Rick Porcello, he may have pitched his final game on Wednesday night against the Rangers, in which he picked up his 14th win of 2019.

Another potential free agent is JD Martinez. Sox fans may be wondering why he would be. Well, his contract is set up so he can opt out after this season, as well as next season. If he opts out this offseason, he has a $2.5 million buyout. After this roller coaster of a season, he may test the free agency market again.

Another player is Steve Pearce. Following a great run last season, Dombrowski signed him to a one year deal. Pearce has spent the majority of 2019 on the injury list. The life long Red Sox fan was limited to 29 games this season, with a .180 batting average and only one home run. Last time he played was May 31st against the Yankees.

What a Roller Coaster of a 2019 Season

After winning 108 regular season games, the Red Sox went into 2019 hoping to repeat as World Series Champions. Unfortunately, 2019 didn’t go as planned. Even before the regular season began, there were many questions surrounding the team. The biggest question was the bullpen. We all know how that was answered, or unanswered. The roller coaster kept going into the regular season, as the team headed out to the West Coast, dropping key games against the Mariners, A’s and Diamondbacks.

From there, the ride saw some ups, and some downs. We saw players like Eduardo Nunez leave the team, and we witnessed Dave Dombrowski being let go not too long ago. There were injuries, there were games we should’ve won. The one constant though, is that the fan base was there for the team, no matter what. Now, we have one final series before calling it a season. Then, it’s onto 2020.

Saying Goodbye To Globe Life Park

After going 1-3 against the Rays in Tampa Bay, the Red Sox head to Globe Life Park for the final time. On Friday, the Red Sox were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs following the Indians win and their loss to the Rays. With six games left of the season, it’s going to be a long offseason full of questions for this team.

First, the Red Sox head to Globe Life Park to finish off their road trip before heading homeglobe life park to face the Orioles one last time. This will be the last time the Red Sox play at this ballpark, as it is set to close at the end of the season. The team is looking to enjoy their final series at Globe Life Park, and hope to leave with a winning record against the Rangers.

The Red Sox vs Rangers Showdown

Eduardo Rodriguez will get the ball in game one against Edinson Volquez. After getting win number 18 against the Giants, Rodriguez looks to get win number 19, which will be a career high for him. This will be his first encounter with the Rangers this season. The Red Sox have yet to face Volquez this season. He is currently 0-1 in nine games this season. Prior to the 2018 season, he had Tommy John surgery, which made him miss all of 2018. Volquez announced his retirement back in July, and this may be his final game.

Wednesday’s game will feature Rick Porcello against Kolby Allard. Porcello faced the Rangers back on June 12th, going 6.2 innings. He allowed only two runs off of five hits in the game, but received the no decision, as the Red Sox won in a walk off. Allard was an August call up for the Rangers. After pitching for the Braves in 2018, he was traded to the Rangers on July 30th. In eight games this season, he is 4-1 with a 4.25 ERA in 42.1 innings.

The finale at Globe Life Park will have Mike Minor pitching for the Rangers. The Red Sox have yet to name a starter. This will most likely be Minor’s final start at Globe Life Park. Minor last pitched against Boston on June 10th. He went eight innings, allowing two runs off of four hits. The 31 year old veteran is looking for win number 14 of the season.

Globe Life Park’s Final Season

Once the door closes on the 2019 season, Globe Life Park in Arlington will no longer be the home of the Texas Rangers. The final home game for the Rangers, and the stadium, will be this Sunday against the Yankees. Globe Life Park has been the home of the Rangers since 1994. Hall of Famers Vladimir Guerrero Sr. and Ivan Rodriguez called this ballpark home during their careers. Now, in 2020, there will be a new stadium for the next group of Hall of Famers to play in.

The new stadium broke ground on September 28th, 2017, and is expected to be completed before the new season begins. Globe Life Field will host its first Rangers game against the St Louis Cardinals on March 23rd. This will be an exhibition game for the two teams. The first regular season home game is scheduled for March 31st against the LA Angels.

Final Interleague Showdown at Fenway

The Red Sox will host the San Francisco Giants in the final interleague showdown at Fenway Park. The last time the Red Sox played the Giants was back in 2016, in which the Red Sox won both games at Fenway Park. Now, the Giants are back, and are looking to take the series in Boston.

After taking both games from Philly, the Red Sox look to continue that momentum startingfinal interleague showdown Tuesday night. Game one ended with a 2-1 victory for Boston, while game two had some offensive power with a 6-3 win. With Mookie Betts out of the line up, Christan Vazquez showed some power, hitting a grand slam and a solo home run in the second game.

This Series Will Be One to Remember

For some of the Giants, this will be a series to remember. Lexington, MA native and former Boston College player, Chris Shaw, will probably be in the line up at some point in the series. The left fielder made his MLB debut in August 2018. Another name to remember is Tyler Beede. The starting pitcher isn’t scheduled to start, but the Worcester, MA native will definitely have butterflies as he comes out of the visitors dugout. Like Shaw, Beede made his debut in 2018.

Two former Red Sox prospects are also members of the Giants. Mauricio Dubon and Shaun Anderson will be getting some playing time as well against the Red Sox. Both Dubon and Anderson made their MLB debuts this season.

Many Red Sox fans will remember this reliever. Fernando Abad will be returning to Fenway Park as a member of the Giants. Abad pitched for Boston in 2016 and 2017, going 2-3 in 66 games.

Final Interleague Showdown Matchup

In the final interleague showdown of the 2019 season, the Red Sox will be sending Nathan Eovaldi to face Logan Webb. Last time out for Eovaldi was against Toronto on September 10th. He went 4.1 innings, allowing three runs off of six hits. In twenty games this season, he is 1-0 with a 5.81 ERA through 52.2 innings. Webb will be making his sixth MLB start on Tuesday night. He made his MLB debut on August 17th against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Webb is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in five starts.

Jhoulys Chacin will have the ball in game two against Jeff Samardzija. Last time Chacin pitched against the Giants was back on July 14th when he was with the Brewers. He went five innings, allowing one earned run off of four hits, while strikig out five. He is looking to earn his fourth win of 2019. Samardzjia is looking for his eleventh win of 2019. Last time out for him was on September 12th against the Pirates. He took the loss, going 6.1 innings, allowing four runs off of eight hits.

The afternoon game of the final interleague showdown features two aces. Eduardo Rodriguez will be going up against Madison Bumgarner. Eduardo Rodriguez is lookign for win number eighteen. Last time out resulted in a no decision against the Phillies. He went 6.2 innings, allowing four hits and one run, while striking out twelve batters. Bumgarner is looking for his tenth win of the season against the Red Sox. Last time out against the Marlins, he went seven innings, allowing two runs off of four hits in the no decision.

Tribute to Bruce Bochy

At the end of the 2019 season, Giants manager Bruce Bochy will retire. the 64 year old from France has managed the Giants since 2007, winning three World Series Championships. He was also named Manager of the Year in 1996 with the Padres. Prior to the Giants, he was the manager of the San Diego Padres from 1995 – 2006. He played at the Major League level from 1978-1987 for the Houston Astros, New York Mets, and the San Diego Padres. Lifetime, he has a batting average of .239, with 26 home runs and 93 RBI’s in his career. As a manager, he is 1,997-2,022 going into Tuesday’s game.

Born on a U.S. military base in France, Bochy moved a lot as a child, eventually graduating high school in Melbourne, Florida. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1975, but chose to attend Brevard Community College. In the 1975 Supplemental draft, Bochy was drafted in the first round by the Houston Astros. From there, the legacy of Bruce Bochy began.

In May 2011, Bochy was honored with the Ronald L Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was also honored by his former Community College, who named their baseball field after him in 2011. The final interleague showdown will be the last one for Bochy, and like the other teams the Giants faced in 2019, I’m sure the Red Sox have something planned for him.

Another Yaz in the Outfield

Saving the best for last. Yes, the name Yastrzemski will be heard at Fenway this coming series. No, Carl didn’t decide to come out of retirement to play some ball. His grandson, rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski will be in town with the Giants. The 29 year old rookie was traded to the Giants prior to the start of the season by the Baltimore Orioles. He made his MLB debut on May 25th against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Since then, Yaz is having a great season.

In 96 games, Mike has 87 hits, 19 home runs, with 51 RBI’s so far. He has a batting average of .265 in 328 at-bats. Now, he is set to face his childhood baseball team. Unlike his grandfather, he wears the number 5. Bruce Bochy revealed in a press conference that Yaz will be starting in all three games for the Giants, which will allow Red Sox fans to see the younger Yaz play the same position his Hall of Fame grandfather played at Fenway Park.

Will Carl be at Fenway to see his grandson play at the big league level? Yes, but Carl told the Boston Globe in an interview that he will be there for the game on Wednesday night. In the interview, he stated that he wants Mike to have his own career, and he tries not to get too involved, since the game has changed a lot since he played. Either way, it’ll be a great series for both Carl and Mike. Who knows, maybe the younger Yaz will play in Boston one day.

Weekend Series in Philadelphia Begins Now

The Red Sox will face the Philadelphia Phillies in a rare two game weekend series at Citizens Bank Park. Prior to the Red Sox’s arrival, Philly hosted the first place Atlanta Braves. Like the Red Sox, Philly’s season hasn’t been too great. A favorite to win their division, they’re in fourth place in the NL East. At 76-70, the Phillies are two games back of the National League Wild Card.

Last time Boston faced Philadelphia was last month. Philly took both games from Bostonweekend series at Fenway Park, and they look to do it again during this weekend series. After a rough trip to Toronto, the Red Sox look to take both games at Citizens Bank Park. This weekend series will either make or break the Red Sox. Only time can tell how it will turn out.

The Weekend Series Matchup

The first game begins Saturday night, with Eduardo Rodriguez going up against Aaron Nola. This will be Rodriguez’s first time facing the Phillies this season. Last time out for him resulted in a loss to the Yankees. Rodriguez went six innings, allowing five hits and one run. When the Philles came to Boston, Nola started the first game. He got the win, going seven innings, allowing two runs off of four hits. The Red Sox look to have better success against Nola in game one of the weekend series.

The final game of the weekend series has Rick Porcello taking on Jason Vargas in a Sunday afternoon matchup. Porcello was the starter in game two when Philly came to Boston last month. He took the loss, going five innings, and allowing three runs off of three hits. This will be Vargas’ first time facing the Red Sox this season.

On A Positive Note…

Despite going 1-2 against the Toronto Blue Jays, a Red Sox favorite achieved a major milestone. On Thursday night, Xander Bogaerts became the second shortstop in MLB history to hit 50 doubles and 30 home runs in a season. The last shortstop to accomplish that feat was Alex Rodriguez during the 1996 season as a member of the Seattle Mariners. The last Red Sox player to have 50 doubles and 30 home runs was David Ortiz in 2007. Rafael Devers is one home run shy of having a 50-30 season as well.

The nominations for the Roberto Clemente Award came out on Thursday as well. Red Sox utility player, Brock Holt, was nominated for the award for the fourth time.  The Roberto Clemente Award is to recognize a player who represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions. Holt was nominated for the award based on his work with the Jimmy Fund. Fans can vote for Holt on MLB’s website here.

Looking Ahead

Following their weekend series, the Red Sox host the San Francisco Giants. The series begins on Tuesday, and Red Sox Nation will be looking at a different Yastrzemski in left field. Carl Yastrzemski’s grandson, Mike, will be making his Fenway debut in a Giants uniform. For Red Sox fans looking to see Pablo Sandoval back at Fenway, they’re going to have to wait. The third baseman recently underwent Tommy John surgery. Sandoval was a member of the Red Sox from 2015-2017. He signed a five year deal with Boston during the 2014 offseason after winning his third World Series as a member of the Giants.

One Last Chance Against The Yankees

After losing two of three to the Minnesota Twins, the Red Sox have one last chance to do some damage against the Yankees. The Red Sox start their final series against them tonight at Fenway Park.

Right now, the Yankees are on track to win 100 games for the second year in a row. Theone last chance Red Sox are 16.5 games back in the AL East as of September 6th. They are looking to try and get the final Wild Card. Right now, they are 6.5 games back of the final spot, which is being held by the Oakland A’s. With the season winding down, one can only wonder what will become of the 2019 season.

A Classic September Red Sox vs Yankees Matchup

Game one begins tonight, as the Red Sox’s Jhoulys Chacin goes up against the Yankees’ Domingo German. This is Chacin’s first start in a Red Sox uniform. Prior to Boston, he was with the Milwaukee Brewers, before being designated for assignment on August 24th. The Red Sox picked him up on August 31st, and assigned him to AAA Pawtucket. His last start in the Majors was on July 24th against the Reds. He went 3 innings, allowing 3 earned runs off of 6 hits. Last time the Red Sox faced German was on August 3rd. German went 7 innings allowing 2 runs and getting the win in the game.

The Red Sox have yet to name a starter for the second game, but the Yankees will be sending JA Happ to the mound. Last time Happ faced Boston was on August 4th. He went 5.2 inings, and earned the win in the game. The Red Sox will have one last chance to try and beat Happ, as he has been dominate against the Red Sox this season.

Sunday night baseball will feature Rick Porcello and Masahiro Tanaka. Porcello, who is looking for win number 13 on the season, last pitched against the Yankees on July 25th. He earned the win in the game, going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs off of 6 hits. Tanaka also pitched against the Red Sox on July 25th, going 3.1 innings and giving up 12 runs. The game saw the Red Sox beat the Yankees 19-3. They are hoping to have that same success on Sunday night against Tanaka.

The final game of the series has Red Sox ace, Eduardo Rodriguez pitching against James Paxton. Rodriguez, who is going for win number 18, last pitched against the Yankees on August 2nd. The game resulted in his 5th loss of the season, going 6.2 innings and giving up 4 runs. James Paxton got the win in that game, going 6 innings, and giving up 2 runs.

A Tribute To CC Sabathia

Even though he is on the 10 day injury list, this will be the last time the Red Sox will see CC Sabathia in a Yankees uniform. The 39 year old announced his retirement prior to the 2019 season. Last time Sabathia pitched was on August 30th. He only lasted 3 innings in that game against the A’s at Yankee Stadium.

Bothered by knee injuries this season, Sabathia has had a rocky final season. He is 5-8 with a 4.93 ERA. In 100.1 innings, he has 96 strikeouts. All time, Sabathia is 251-161 in 558 games. He has a lifetime ERA of 3.73, and 3,570.1 innings pitched. Sabathia is also #17 on the All Time Strikeouts list with 3082.

The future Hall of Famer is a six-time All Star, and a World Series Champion. In his 19 year career, he has pitched for the Cleveland Indians (2001-2008), Milwaukee Brewers (2008) and the New York Yankees (2009-2019).

One Last Chance Against the AL East Teams Begins Now

Starting tonight, the Red Sox will face AL East teams for the final time in 2019. This will be their one last chance to try and gain from ground in the AL East.

After the series against the Yankees, they go to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays. The next AL East team comes in two weeks, when the Red Sox head to St. Petersburg to take on the second place Tampa Bay Rays. Right now, the Rays hold the top Wild Card spot in the American League ahead of the Oakland A’s. The final homestand for Boston comes against the Orioles at the very end of the season.

The final series of the 2019 season are with the Phillies, Giants, and Rangers. The Red Sox will be heading to Philadelphia for a 2 game weekend series. From there, they head to Fenway to host the San Francisco Giants and Carl Yastremski’s grandson, Mike, who now plays outfield for them. Finally, they head to Texas to face the Rangers at Globe Life Park. This is their final series at that stadium, as the Rangers will be opening a new one in 2020.

The Emergence of Eduardo Rodriguez

At the start of the 2019 season, nobody could have guessed that the ace of the rotation would be Eduardo Rodriguez. The emergence of Eduardo Rodriguez is something truly great this season. Despite the fact that the Red Sox probably won’t be making the post season, it’s hard to not look at Rodriguez’s season so far. At 49-30 in his career, he is one win away from his 50th MLB win.

Following last night’s win over the Minnesota Twins, Eduardo Rodriguez improved to 17-5eduardo rodriguez on the season. With a little less than a month left, he is on pace to have 20 wins for the first time in his career. The last Red Sox player to get to 20 wins was Rick Porcello in 2016. While the 2019 season hasn’t gone the way the Red Sox wanted, the emergence of Eduardo Rodriguez is remarkable.

Eduardo Rodriguez’s Backstory

Eduardo Rodriguez came to Boston at the 2014 trade deadline. The Red Sox traded Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles for Rodriguez, who was then assigned to the Portland Sea Dogs. In six starts with Portland, Rodriguez had a 3-1 record, and a 0.96 ERA. He then made the jump to the Pawtucket Red Sox, pitching in one game for them during their postseason in 2014.

During the offseason, the Red Sox placed him on the 40 man roster, which protected him from the Rule 5 Draft. Rodriguez started the 2015 campaign with the Pawtucket Red Sox, where he started in eight games. He posted a 4-3 record with Pawtucket, and had a 2.98 ERA.

On May 28th, 2015, the emergence of Eduardo Rodriguez came to the Red Sox’s aid. The Venezuelan born lefty made his Major League Debut that day against the Texas Rangers in Texas. Rodriguez went 7.2 innings, allowing three hits and striking out seven batters to earn his first MLB win.

How The Emergence of Eduardo Rodriguez Has Helped Boston

While the Red Sox rotation hasn’t been producing, one pitcher has been a workhorse on the mound. Despite loosing his first two starts of 2019, Eduardo Rodriguez has been a dominating force on the mound. In his third start of the season, Rodriguez went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs off of three hits. The Red Sox went onto win that game, and Rodriguez earned his first win of 2019.

Since his first start with Boston in 2015, Rodriguez has slowly become a dominate force on the mound. The emergence of Eduardo Rodriguez started last season, when he went 13-5, and posted a 3.82 ERA. So far this season, Rodriguez has increased his win total by four, and has a 3.81 ERA. If he continues to dominate, then he will get to 20 wins for the first time in his career.

Can Rodriguez Continue His Success In 2020

Last night, Rodriguez went seven innings, allowing five hits, and struck out eight batters. Rodriguez also lowered his ERA from 3.97 to 3.81, with no signs of slowing down. Rodriguez is 38 strikeouts away from reaching 700, and is in a three way tie with Domingo German and Justin Verlander for the most wins in the American League. If all continues to go well for him, don’t be surprised if Rodriguez wins, or is the runner up, for the Cy Young Award.

Will he be able to continue his success in 2020? I think so, and the stats don’t lie. Rodriguez has improved every season since joining the Red Sox in May 2015. Despite a poor 2016 and 2017, he has improved himself over the last few seasons. The emergence of Eduardo Rodriguez this season is something pretty special, and he is only just beginning. While everyone is worried about Chris Sale and David Price, Rodriguez has been the main person in the rotation for Boston. 2020 looks bright for Eduardo Rodriguez.