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 at 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.