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 60 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?