Red Sox Look To Keep Rolling In Anaheim

Following the series in Oakland, the now 54-32 Red Sox beat the Angels in a 5-4 thriller last night. Now, the Red Sox look to keep rolling in Anaheim and to take the series. Boston is currently 9-1 in their last ten games, and look to keep climbing on the AL East. They currently have the best record in baseball, with the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers right behind them with 53 wins. Last night’s sweet victory further proved that the Red Sox are the team to beat in 2021. As we near the half way point of the season, it seems as though this team can go all the way.

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The Red Sox had quite the battle against Oakland over the weekend. The first game ended with a 3-2 victory that lasted until the 10th inning. Kike Hernandez’s single that drove in Michael Chavis sealed the deal for Boston in that game. The second game also went into extras, as Oakland came on top 7-6 in the 12th inning of play. Sunday’s finale was a battle of the pitching staff. Nick Pivetta, who earned his 7th win of the season, went 7 innings, allowing 2 hits and struck out 10. The lone run came in the 6th inning, when Alex Verdugo scored on a double play. The final for the game was 1-0, and Matt Barnes picked up his 19th save of the season.

The Red Sox Look To Keep Rolling In Anaheim

Last night proved to be a great game for Boston. The 5-4 victory at Angels Stadium was led by Christian Arroyo’s home run in the second, and Martin Perez’s pitching performance. Boston’s offense got off to a strong start, between home runs by Arroyo and Rafael Devers, as well as hits from Danny Santana and Marwin Gonzalez. The Angels also learned why nobody runs on the Red Sox, as Danny Santana got the Red Sox’s 27th outfield assist of the season with a clean throw to Christian Vazquez to nab Jose Rojas at the plate in the 5th inning. Adam Ottavino earned his 7th save of the season, and the Red Sox won 5-4.

Tuesday night’s game will be the battle of the American League All Stars. Nathan Eovaldi, who was elected to his first All-Star game, will have the ball for Boston. The Angels will have Shohei Ohtani on the mound, who was also elected to his first All Star game as a pitcher and a DH. Eovaldi will be looking for win number 10 on the season. His last time out earned him win number 9 against the Royals. Last time out for Ohtani was a short 0.2 inning outing against the Yankees.

Wednesday afternoon’s finale will have Eduardo Rodriguez vs Andrew Heaney. Rodriguez got the no decision last time out against Oakland, where he went 6 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 6 batters. He will be looking for his 7th win of the season. Heaney will be looking to bounce back after a rocky outing against the Yankees, where he got the loss after only 3 innings. He gave up 5 hits and 7 earned runs, while having 4 strikeouts. Heaney is currently 4-6 on the season, with a 5.40 ERA in 14 games.

It’s Sho Time In Anaheim

Angels two way sensation, Shohei Ohtani, is turning heads in Major League Baseball. The 27-year-old pitcher and designated hitter was selected to the American League All-Star Game by the fans as a designated hitter last week. Over the weekend, Major League Baseball announced that Ohtani will also be an All-Star as a pitcher. He will be the first player to be an All-Star as both a pitcher and a batter.

The Japanese native currently has 31 home runs on the season, which leads both the American League and the National League. Right now, he is 22 home runs away from his 100th career home run. As a pitcher, he is 3-1 on the season with a 3.60 ERA in 12 games. Last night against Boston, Ohtani went 1-5 as the designated hitter. Boston batters will be facing him tonight, as he he scheduled to pitch against Nathan Eovaldi.

Ohtani made his Major League debut on March 29th, 2018 against the Oakland A’s. He was a designated hitter in the game, and recorded his first Major League hit. His first start as a pitcher came a few days later, on April 1st, also against the A’s. Ohtani went 6 innings in the game, and earned his first Major League win. Prior to coming to the United States, he played for Japan’s Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. He was with the Ham Fighters for five seasons before signing with the Angels in December 2017.

Boston Builds Momentum Going into New York

After losing three straight games to the Houston Astros, the Red Sox could have easily mailed-in today’s finale. Now they head to New York for a three-game series against the Yankees. After scoring four runs in three games, the offense was nowhere to be found. Instead, the bats came alive and Boston was able to build some positive momentum before their first matchup against their rival. Thanks to an early home run by Christian Arroyo and a great start by Martin Perez, Boston avoided the sweep and beat Houston 5-1.

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For three games, Boston’s top-three hitters all struggled through bad stretches. Xander Bogaerts went through a career worst 0-24 hitless streak. Rafael Devers was 2-11 without any extra-base hits. J.D. Martinez only had one hit in the series.

Today was a big shift for the trio as each collected at least one double on the day. Martinez had two doubles and scored one run, meanwhile Bogaerts also collected two hits to go along with two RBIs. Devers collected one double while drawing two walks. Boston had eight hits in total, their highest tally in the series. The big hit of the day came off the bat of Christian Arroyo, who hit a three-run home run in the second inning to give Boston the early lead.

Martin Perez had his best start in a Red Sox uniform. The lefty pitched 7.2 scoreless innings while giving up only one walk and scattered six hits. It was the kind of start Boston needed given their offensive struggles in the past three games. His start also gave the bullpen a much-needed day of rest. Adam Ottavino needed only five pitches to finish the eighth and Brandon Workman was able to pitch the ninth in his first game back with Boston.

Boston Builds Momentum Against New York

While it’s hard to put a lot of importance on a single game in the season, this will be the game people see as a turning point if the Sox win their next couple series. Seeing Martinez, Bogaerts, and Devers swinging the bats will give a boost confidence going into the series against the Yankees.

Nathan Eovaldi will take the hill in the first game of the series. He is coming off one his best starts of the season where he pitched 5.1 scoreless innings against Miami while striking out seven hitters.

With the Yankees only 2.5 games behind Boston in the standings, this series provides Boston’s first chance to distance themselves from third place. Between a tight AL East race, having the ace to start the series, and the offense coming back into form, Boston will be flying into New York with plenty of energy.

Four Game Set Begins at Yankee Stadium

After a home stand that saw the Red Sox go 2-5, they will head to Yankee Stadium for a four game set against the New York Yankees. What looked to be a promising home stand for Boston turned into a nightmare. At 6-13, and in last place in the AL East, they need to find a groove, and fast. This upcoming series against the first place Yankees will determine how the rest of this season goes. So far, it’s looking like a sinking ship.

For a team that won a World Series in 2018, this is not a good start. Granted, this is a 60four game set game season due to COVID. However, the Red Sox need to have everything clicking from their pitching to their offense. During the home stand, we did see several players step up, from Alex Verdugo to Kevin Pillar. Now, if only our pitching was consistent, this team would be all set.

Red Sox Hope To Do Better at Yankee Stadium With Four Game Set

After being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox head to Yankee Stadium to face the red hot Yankees. Friday’s starting pitcher for the Red Sox hasn’t been announced yet, but the Yankees will be sending out their ace, Gerrit Cole. At 3-0 with a 3.22 ERA, Cole has been a huge help to the Yankees rotation. He has yet to pitch against the Red Sox this season. Last time out for Cole, he pitched 4.2 innings, and took a no decision against the Rays.

Saturday night’s 7pm matchup to kick off the four game set is between Nathan Eovaldi and James Paxton. Eovaldi, who is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA, last pitched on August 9th against the Blue Jays. He went six innings, allowing three hits and three runs while striking out ten batters. For Paxton, this will be his second time facing the Red Sox in 2020. Last time he faced Boston, he only went three innings, allowing three runs off of seven hits in a 9-7 Yankees victory. Paxton is currently 0-1 on the season, with a 7.84 ERA.

Sunday Night Baseball heads to the Bronx, which means Sunday’s 7pm game will be on ESPN. The Red Sox have yet to name a starter for this game, however, the Yankees will have JA Happ on the mound. Happ, who is 0-1 with a 10.29 ERA, has only pitched in two games this season. Last time out for Happ was against the Phillies. He went three innings in that game, allowing four runs off of three hits.

Monday’s finale will have Martin Perez pitching for Boston. The Yankees have yet to name a starter for Monday night’s game. Perez, who is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA, will get his first taste of the Yankees vs Red Sox rivalry. He last pitched against the Rays, taking the loss after pitching 5.2 innings, allowing two runs off of three hits.

The Road Ahead

After a short trip to Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox head back to Fenway Park to take on Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies for two games. After that very short home stand, they are back on the road to face the Orioles and the Blue Jays. The Red Sox will be finishing August at home against the 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves.

We are a few weeks away from the MLB Trade Deadline. Usually on July 31st, MLB moved it to August 31st for this season. Since the season has started, the Red Sox have struggled at certain points during the season. It’ll be interesting to see who comes and who goes come August 31st. Obviously, pitching is a huge priority for Boston. Right now, with Boston in last place, the question is, are they buyers or sellers?

Struggling Red Sox Head Back To Fenway

After a disastrous road trip that saw them go 3-4, the struggling Red Sox head back to Fenway to start a seven game home stand with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox did well against the New York Mets at Citi Field, taking both games. However, when the Red Sox landed in the Bronx, things took a turn for the worse. The red hot Yankees swept Boston in their three game series.

After an off day, the struggling Red Sox started a two game series against the Rays atstruggling red sox Tropicana Field. With Nathan Eovaldi on the mound for game one, it was a sure win for Boston. However, the Rays had other plans, winning 5-1. Game two was a different story for Boston. Behind a great start by Martin Perez, and home runs by Alex Verdugo and Michael Chavis, they beat the Rays 5-0. Now, they will carry that momentum to Fenway Park this weekend.

Struggling Red Sox Welcome the Blue Jays

After an off day on Thursday, the Red Sox will take on the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Ryan Weber will take the ball for Boston against Tanner Roark. Weber is currently 0-2 with a 11.57 ERA in seven innings. His last time out against the Yankees was a 5-1 loss for Boston. Weber only went 3.1 innings, allowing three runs off of four hits. Tanner Roark has only pitched in one game so far, which was a 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. Roark went five innings, allowing one run and three hits.

Saturday’s matchup will feature Matt Shoemaker and Zack Godley. Both pitchers are looking for their first win of the 2020 season. Godley, who will be making his third appearance in a Red Sox uniform, is 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA. He last pitched against the Yankees on August 1st, going 3.1 innings in the 5-2 loss. Shoemaker will be making his third appearance of the season as well, last pitching on August 4th against the Braves. He took the loss in the game, going 4.2 innings, allowing six runs off of six hits.

Neither team has announced a starter for Sunday’s 1:35pm game yet. This series is critical for both teams. The Blue Jays are currently 4-6, while the Red Sox are 4-8. For the Red Sox, one player that they need to be careful of is Teocar Hernandez. He is currently batting .297 with four home runs in 37 at bats. Hernandez is leading his team in many categories, including home runs, RBI’s, and stolen bases.

One key part of this series is offense. Right now, the Red Sox’s offense continues to struggle. Home runs by Verdugo and Chavis on Wednesday night showed promise for the last place Red Sox. However, players like JD Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts need to find their 2019 bats and start bringing the offense back to life.

Tampa Bay Rays Come to Boston For Four Games

After the Blue Jays leave Fenway, the struggling Red Sox will welcome the Tampa Bay Rays for a four game series. The Red Sox are currently 1-1 against the Rays, who are 5-7 on the season. Before coming to Boston, the Rays will be hosting the first place Yankees for a four game set starting today. They will then begin their road trip in Boston.

Second baseman Brandon Lowe has been a bright spot for the Rays. He is leading the team in batting average, runs, and hits. Their pitching has been alright, wit Ryan Yarbrough having the lowest ERA on the team, 3.78, followed by Charlie Morton’s 5.52 ERA.

The Red Sox look to have success in this four game set against the Rays, like they did on Wednesday night. Like the series against the Blue Jays, the Red Sox need to do well in this series as well. Right now, there are only 48 games left of the season, and the Red Sox are in a hole. The games against the Jays and Rays will be challenging, but are important.

The First Road Series of 2020

After going 1-4 at home against the Orioles and the Mets, the Red Sox are heading off to New York for their first road series of 2020. We’re less than a week into the 2020 season, and the Red Sox have already hit a bump in the road. The pitching, except for Nathan Eovaldi, has been spotty. Red Sox pitching has given up a total of 29 runs since the second game of the season. The offense has also been quiet, and are not taking advantage of runners in scoring position.

This first road series of 2020 will put the Red Sox to the test. They head to Citi Field forfirst road series two games against the Mets, then head to Yankee Stadium to face the Yankees for a three game weekend series. From there, they travel to Tampa Bay to face the first place Rays for two games. With only 55 games left of the season, anything can happen. However, the Red Sox need to figure out a way to do well in their first road series of 2020.

First Road Series of 2020 vs the Mets

The Red Sox will be taking on the Mets in a two game series at Citi Field. This will be the final time the Red Sox face the Mets until 2021, when the Red Sox travel to Citi Field at the end of April. Tonight’s matchup is between Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob deGrom. Last time out for Eovaldi was on Opening Day. He went 6 innings, striking out 4 batters, and got the win in a 13-2 victory over the Orioles. Like Eovaldi, deGrom was the Mets Opening Day starter against the Braves. He got a no decision in the 1-0 win. In that outing, deGrom went 5 innings, striking out 8 batters.

The final game will feature Martin Perez and Steven Matz. Perez made his Red Sox debut on Saturday, going 5 innings in the 7-2 loss to the Orioles. He is looking to get his first Red Sox win on Thursday night against the Mets. Steven Matz will be looking for his first win of the season against Boston, after going 6 innings while striking out 7 in the 5-3 loss to the Braves.

The Rivalry Returns for 2020

After their series against the Mets, the Red Sox will be heading to Yankee Stadium to take on the Yankees. This three game set will be important to both teams. While the Red Sox are currently 1-4, the Yankees are 2-1. Their series against the Phillies that was supposed to begin on Monday, has been postponed due to a COVID outbreak that occurred when the Miami Marlins were in Philly. Now, the Yankees will be playing the Orioles today and tomorrow.

No starting pitchers have been announced for either team, however, the Red Sox will most likely have Ryan Weber start the first game of the series on Friday night. All three games will have a start time of 7:05pm. The next time the Red Sox face the Yankees this season will be from August 14th to August 17th at Yankee Stadium.

Battling the Rays in Florida

The Red Sox will be closing out the first road trip of 2020 at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field. They will be taking on the Rays in a two game series starting on August 4th at 6:40pm. Right now, the Rays are 4-1 after taking on the Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves at home.

The Rays will be on the road starting tonight, with a two game series against the Braves, followed by a three game series against the Orioles before heading home to face Boston. The next time the Rays play the Red Sox will be at Fenway Park from August 10th to August 13th.

Opening Day 2020 Has Finally Arrived

Remain calm Red Sox Nation – Opening Day 2020 is finally here! After many months of negotiations, we finally have baseball. The Red Sox open the season against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park starting tonight at 7:30pm. From there, the New York Mets come to town for two games, then the Red Sox head to Citi Field for two games. This is going to be a wild season for sure, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

The 2020 Red Sox will look different, there’s no doubt. With Eduardo Rodriguez stillopening day 2020 recovering from COVID-19, Nathan Eovaldi will take the ball tonight. The Red Sox have a pretty solid team, but the pitching will be the mystery of 2020. How will the Red Sox fair on Opening Day 2020? Well, hopefully better than the Nationals and Giants did last night.

Opening Day 2020 vs The Baltimore Orioles

As mentioned above, Nathan Eovaldi will be getting the start for the Red Sox tonight. The Orioles will be sending Tommy Milone to the mound to face the Red Sox. Originally, the Orioles had John Means making the Opening Day start, however, he will be starting the season on the injured list with shoulder fatigue. Both Eovaldi and Milone will be making their first career Opening Day starts. Both had a solid Spring and Summer training prior to the start of the season.

In 23 games for the Red Sox last season, Eovaldi went 2-1 with a 5.99 ERA in 67.2 innings. After a 2019 that saw him on the injured list, Eovaldi is looking to have a better 2020. His last faced the Orioles on September 27th 2019, going 5 innings giving up 5 earned runs while striking out 3. Tommy Milone came to the Orioles via free agency after spending the 2019 season with the Seattle Mariners. In 23 games, he went 4-10 with a 4.76 ERA in 111.2 innings. Milone last faced the Red Sox in 2014 as a member of the Minnesota Twins.

Tomorrow’s 1:35pm game will have Alex Cobb going up against Martin Perez. The Boston native only pitched in 3 games last season, going 0-2 with a 10.95 ERA. Perez will be making his Red Sox debut after pitching for the Minnesota Twins last season. He was 10-7 in 32 games for the Twins with a 5.12 ERA. Sunday’s final game, also at 1:35pm, will feature Wade LeBlanc against Ryan Weber. LeBlanc, who pitched for the Mariners last season, went 6-7 in 26 games while posting a 5.71 ERA. Weber is looking to make a name for himself in the Red Sox rotation. Last season in 18 games, he went 2-4 with a 5.09 ERA

Welcoming Back Rick Porcello and Eduardo Nunez

The Red Sox will be welcoming back Rick Porcello and Eduardo Nunez when the Mets come to town on Monday. While Red Sox fans won’t be seeing Porcello pitch, they might get to see Nunez play at Fenway. No pitchers have been announced yet for either team,  however, Porcello won’t be one of the two this time around. He will be making his Mets debut against the Braves on Sunday.

Eduardo Nunez last played in July 2019 before the Red Sox designated him for assignment. In the offseason, he signed a minor league deal with the Mets. Rick Porcello, after five seasons with the Red Sox, signed a one-year contract with the Mets this past offseason. The New Jersey native stated in his press conference that he was looking forward to pitching for team he rooted for as a child.

Both home games against the Mets will be at 7:30pm. From there, the Red Sox will travel to Citi Field to take on the Mets on Wednesday and Thursday to start their first road trip of the season. The Red Sox will close out July against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Last Night’s Games

Opening Day 2020 officially began last night for the Yankees, Nationals, Dodgers and Giants. Both the Yankees and Dodgers got their first wins of the season, and a few hit home runs. The Yankees – Nationals game ended after 5 innings due to rain, and the final was 4-1. The Dodgers and Giants played a full game, which saw the Dodgers beat the Giants 8-1.

Gerrit Cole made his Yankee debut last night, where he struck out 5 batters, and allowing a home run to Adam Eaton. Max Scherzer made the start for the Nationals, striking out 11, but allowing 4 runs in 5.1 innings. Giancarlo Stanton got the offense going for the Yankees, hitting his first home run of 2020 off of Scherzer in the first inning.

Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to make his Opening Day 2020 start against the Giants, but was scratched due to an injury. Dustin May took the ball in game one against Johnny Cueto. May went 4.1 innings, allowing one run and striking out four. Kike Hernandez hit the lone home run for the Dodgers, however, the Dodgers managed to have 12 hits and drove in 8 runs. Even though they got 8 hits, the Giants only managed to get one run across the board thanks to a Pablo Sandoval sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning.