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.

Red Sox Treading Water Heading into New York

The Red Sox head to Yankee Stadium looking to save their season. After a home series against the Rays that didn’t go well, they turn to New York to make their dreams come true. With the Red Sox treading water, other contenders are moving ahead.

As the trade deadline passed, the front office left the team as is. Also, dropping two of thered sox treading water three games to Tampa Bay didn’t help their cause. With the wild card spot in sight, the Red Sox look to turn it around in August.

A Pivotal Series in New York Begins Now

Last weekend, the Red Sox won three of the four games against the Yankees at Fenway Park. Now, they look to take all four from the Yankees on their own turf.

Game one starts on Friday night with Eduardo Rodriguez going up against James Paxton. Rodriguez is looking to continue his dominating season and getting his 14th win. Paxton, on the other hand, is looking to prove himself worthy of wearing the pinstripes by winning his 6th game of the season.

Saturday’s game is a double header due to a rain out earlier in the season. The Red Sox have yet to name a starter for the games, however, it looks like it may be Chris Sale for game one, and Brian Johnson for game two. As for the Yankees, they’re sending out Domingo German for the first game, but haven’t announced a starter for the second game.

The finale on Sunday is looking to feature David Price and JA Happ. Price, who is coming off of three straight bad starts, is looking to win against the Yankees. Happ is also looking to turn things around in this one, especially since his last few starts didn’t go as planned either.

Can The Red Sox Stop Treading Water in August?

With the Red Sox treading water, can they pull it together and take over second place? Can they overcome their pitching struggles and win ball games? Can the offense put some hits together and score runs? These are all questions that Red Sox Nation has, especially since nothing happened on July 31st.

The bright spot for the Red Sox is Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers. They’re both putting up career numbers, and are leading the team in a number of offensive categories. Just last night, Bogaerts hit number 24 and 25 on the home run total, and is one away from hitting number 100 in his career. Devers finished July hitting .358 with 9 home runs, bringing his total to 21 on the season.

Following the series in New York, Boston comes home to play against the Kansas City Royals and the L.A. Angels. From there, they go back on the road before coming back to Fenway for one final August homestand. Hopefully by the end of August, the Red Sox won’t be treading water, and will be nearing the Wild Card spot.

The Bronx Bombers Come To Fenway

After a road trip that saw the Red Sox go 3-3 against the Orioles and Rays, they come back to Fenway to face the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers are still sitting in first place in the American League East with a record of 66-35. Last time we saw the Yankees was during the 2 game weekend series in London last month.

Right now, the Red Sox are 11 games behind the Yankees, and 1 game behind Tampa Bay after dropping yesterday’s game in Florida. With this 4 game set against the Yankees,

Red Sox vs Yankees Series

Red Sox vs Yankees Series

and the trade deadline around the corner, one can only wonder how this weekend will play out.

The Invasion of the Bronx Bombers

There is a reason why they are called the Bronx Bombers, and have been for many years. For as long as the Yankees have existed, their line up has consisted of hard hitting batters. From Mickey Mantle to Aaron Judge, there is no way to completely stop the bats of the Yankees. That’s the goal in this series for the Red Sox, and let’s hope that they succeed.

The Yankees seem to have everything clicking for them. From their lineup to their rotation, nothing seems to go wrong for them. When the Yankees come to town, they will be without catcher Gary Sanchez. The backstop was put on the injury list on the 24th. Prior to being played on the injury list, he was batting .229 with 24 home runs and 58 RBI’s.

With the trade deadline looming, the Yankees have a wish list as well. For them, it’s starting pitching. Granted, they traded for James Paxton and kept J.A. Happ this off season, but they still need a little bit of help. One name that they have been linked to is Toronto starter and New York native, Marcus Stroman. It will be interesting to see what the Bronx Bombers do before the deadline to try and increase their success. For now, the Red Sox need to keep them away from doing damage in Boston.

The Match-ups…

Game one has Masahiro Tanaka vs Rick Porcello. The last time Porcello faced the Yankees was the first game of the London series, where he went 0.1 innings, allowing 5 hits and 6 earned runs. The same goes for Tanaka, who also started that game, going 0.2 innings, allowing 4 hits and 6 runs. This time, both pitchers have a very important job to do. For Tanaka, it’s continuing his success on the mound this season. For Porcello, it’s to keep his team in the game, and improve his record to 9-7.

Game two has James Paxton vs Andrew Cashner. For Cashner, he will be facing the Yankees for the first time in a Red Sox uniform. Last time Cashner pitched against the Yankees was back on May 20th as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. He went 6 innings in the game, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs. Paxton last faced the Red Sox on April 16th. He went 8 innings in that game, only allowing 2 hits. Cashner looks to get his first win as a member of the Red Sox, while Paxton looks to continue his success against the Red Sox.

Game three has CC Sabathia vs Eduardo Rodriguez.The retiring Sabathia last pitched against Boston on June 2nd. He went 6 innings, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs as well as the loss. Eduardo Rodriguez was the game 2 starter in the London series against the Yankees, going 5.1 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs. Sabathia is looking to grab win number 6 on the season on Saturday. Rodriguez is looking to continue his remarkable season by going 13-4.

Game four has Domingo German vs Chris Sale. The last time German pitched against Boston was on June 1st. He went 3.2 innings, allowing 6 hits and 3 runs. As for Sale, last time out against the Yankees was May 31st. He went 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits. German is looking to grab his 13th win of the 2019 season on Sunday in Boston. Chris Sale is looking to continue his hot streak and get his 6th win of the season.

The Red Sox Need To Send A Message

Boston is currently sitting on a 56-47 record, which is kind of keep them afloat in the American League Wild Card race. There is still many games left to play, and for the Red Sox, a bulk of those games are going to be played at Fenway. That sounds great, right? Well, prior to this game, the Red Sox are 24-25 at home this season. That’s not good, but it’s not bad either.

This team needs to send a message to the American League, and to their fan base that they can win games, and be competitive. Yes, it’s tough to repeat as champions. Yes, injuries are a thing that exists. However, when your home record looks like that, and easy to win games aren’t won, people start to worry.

The trade deadline is approaching, and if the Red Sox want to keep climbing this uphill battle, they’re going to need some help. This series, and the next one against Tampa Bay are really important to this team as we roll into August. For right now, the Red Sox need to keep their focus on defeating the Bronx Bombers any way that they can.

Next Up For The Red Sox – The American League East Leading Rays

After facing three out of the four American League East teams this past week, The Red Sox turn to face the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays, who have been red hot since the beginning of the season, are currently 13-4. They also hold a 5.5 game lead over the second place New York Yankees.

Over the past few seasons, the Tampa Bay Rays have given the Red Sox headaches.american league east They have also proven to be a competitive team in the American League East. They have reached the playoffs in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013. Only once did they make it to the World Series. That was in 2008, when they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in five games.

Last season, the Rays went 90-72, landing in third place behind the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. That team, which saw Blake Snell win his first Cy Young Award, did a lot this past offseason. This led to some believing that they may be in rebuilding mode, especially after they traded hurler Chris Archer at the 2018 trade deadline.

Before I go any further, let’s take a look back at the last three series.

Coming Home to The Toronto Blue Jays

After a long road trip on the West Coast, the Red Sox headed back to Fenway Park. There, they faced the Toronto Blue Jays for a mini two-game series.

Game One saw the World Series Champions get their rings and raise the banner. Although it started off as a magical day for the players and fans alike, it did end in a loss to the Jays. The starter Chris Sale, went four innings, giving up five runs. On the positive side, Mitch Moreland and Mookie Betts homered in the game. Final score: 7-5.

Game Two, and the final game of the series saw the Red Sox win in walk off fashion. After starter Nathan Eovaldi gave up five runs in the third, the Red Sox powered back to win the game. After a walk to Betts, Moreland hit a run scoring double to tie the game. From there,  Moreland was replaced by Eduardo Nunez, who stole third. Their closer, Ken Giles walked both JD Martinez and Xander Bogaerts next.

Then up came Rafael Devers. On a 2-1 count, Devers ripped a single to right field, which scored Nunez. This game ended with a score of 7-6, and had the Fenway crowd going wild. This moment, brought to us by some great hitting and a few walks, was a turning point for the Red Sox.

Patriots Day and The Baltimore Orioles

After splitting the series against the Blue Jays, the Red Sox’s attention turned to the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles, who were playing a four-game set at Fenway, took two out of the four from the Red Sox.

The first game saw a mini win streak occur for the Red Sox. After a solid outing by Eduardo Rodriguez, who went 6.2 inning giving up two runs, the bullpen shut down the Orioles. The offense, led by Andrew Benintendi’s third inning home run, exploded, allowing Rodriguez and the pen to hold down the led. Final score: 6-4 Red Sox.

Game Two wasn’t so lucky for the Red Sox. The Saturday afternoon game ended the mini win streak. Rick Porcello, the 2016 Cy Young Award Winner, only lasted four innings, giving up three runs. Probably the most important thing to note about this game is that Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis’ bat woke up. Davis, who had 62 plate appearances without a hit, decided to hit a two run single off of Porcello in the first inning. From there, the Orioles would go on to win the game. Final score: 9-5.

Game Three was a win for the Sox at Fenway Park. led by a stellar performance by David Price and Xander Bogaerts, the Red Sox blanked the Orioles. The final score: 4-0 Red Sox.

Game Four, which is the yearly Patriot’s Day game at Fenway Park, didn’t go so well. It found Chris Davis hitting his first home run of the season, and the bullpen being worked quite a bit. The only run scored by the Red Sox came in the fifth inning. Final score: 8-1 Orioles.

Back On The Road to Yankee Stadium

Back to the scene of the crime – The 2018 ALDS, which led the Red Sox to move onto the ALCS and the World Series, took place at Yankee Stadium. Fans can recall those last two games, the last one being the one that crushed the Yankees dreams of moving on. This game, however, was more of a nightmare than anything else. James Paxton, an offseason addition for the Yankees, allowed four hits over eight innings. Final score: 8-0 Yankees.

Game Two started off great for the Red Sox. A first inning solo shot for JD Martinez, and a two run home run for Christian Vazquez, put the Red Sox on top 3-0. Nathan Eovaldi, pitched 6 innings of great baseball, before the bullpen let the lead go. Final score: 5-3 Yankees.

Onto the Trop…

After the mini series in New York, the Red Sox will enjoy an off day on Thursday, before heading to Saint Petersburg, Florida to take on the Rays. After finding themselves near the bottom of the American League East, can the Red Sox play spoiler to the Rays? Let’s hope that they do. Eduardo Rodriguez, Rick Porcello and David Price look to have solid outings down at the Trop.

Transactions In The American League East

The MLB experiences the bulk of its roster turnover during the winter months. This off-season’s largest signing came in late February, when the Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a thirteen-year, $330 million dollar contract. In regards to transactions in the American League East, the most noteworthy deals came two off-seasons ago, when the Red Sox signed J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million dollar contract, and when the Yankees acquired Giancarlo Stanton in a trade with the Miami Marlins.

Although the American League East took a step back in terms of acquiring star-power this winter, there were plenty of deals that will affect the division in 2019. Here is a look at each team’s most notable move.

Boston Red Sox – re-signed first baseman Steve Pearce (one-year, $6.25 million)

Pearce came to the Red Sox in June 2018 in a trade with Toronto for a minor league infielder. He quickly became a fan favorite after a socking a home run over the Green Monster in his first Fenway at-bat. He went on to post a .901 OPS in 50 games for Boston. More importantly, he was a postseason standout and was awarded World Series MVP. In the Fall Classic, he hit three home runs, including two in the series-clinching Game 5. He is set to platoon with fellow first baseman Mitch Moreland. Pearce can also play the outfield. He logged 38 at-bats between left and right field and 64 more as a DH.

Other noteworthy moves: signed right-handed pitchers Erasmo Ramirez and Jenrry Mejia

New York Yankees – acquired starting pitcher James Paxton from Seattle Mariners in exchange for 3 minor leaguers.

This was the most notable transaction in the American League East division this off-season. Paxton threw just north of 160 innings in 2018 and started 28 games. Both were personal bests. He has always had trouble staying healthy, but when Paxton is on the mound, he is royally effective. He threw three complete games last season. One of them was a no-hitter in his native country, Canada. The southpaw joins a loaded starting staff in the Bronx, with Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ, and C.C. Sabathia by his side. Paxton has his best chance at starting 30 games this year, especially considering how lethal his bullpen is behind him.

Other noteworthy moves: signed RP Adam Ottavino, re-signed SP J.A. Happ

Tampa Bay Rays – signed starting pitcher Charlie Morton (two-years, $30 million)

The 2017 World Series hero is a player, like Pearce, who is hitting his prime later than most. Entering his age-35 season, Morton was named an All-Star for the first time in 2018 and has posted a record of 29-10 in his last two seasons, to go along with an ERA in the mid-3s, a WHIP below 1.20, and 364 strikeouts.

Other noteworthy moves: signed OF Avisail Garcia, traded for C Mike Zunino

Toronto Blue Jays – signed starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (one-year, $3 million)

This signing was one of the sneakier ones and occurred earlier this month. Buchholz, who is a two-time All-Star, has spent the bulk of his career with the Red Sox. He left Boston, after nine years with the club, in late 2016 when he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. He started only two games for Philadelphia due to an elbow injury. He returned to action last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks and put together his best season since 2013. In sixteen games he started in 2018, he threw one complete game, accumulated a 2.01 ERA, and limited hitters to a 1.03 WHIP.

Other noteworthy moves: signed starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker, signed right-handed pitchers David Phelps and Bud Norris

Baltimore Orioles – signed shortstop Alcides Escobar (Minor League contract)

The Orioles made close to zero notable transactions this off-season. Although this was the least, most notable transaction in the American League East, this deal makes sense in several ways. Before acquiring Escobar, the Orioles were projected to start rookie shortstop Richie Martin, who has never played an inning in the majors. Still, Martin may outplay the veteran and earn the starting nod, but at least the O’s now have some insurance at the position. Escobar is durable (nine-straight seasons of at least 530 plate appearances) and has experience playing with an exceptional team (Royals 2014-’15). Bringing those qualities to a rebuilding team in need of leadership will fare well.

Other noteworthy moves: signed starting pitcher Nate Karns.