Red Sox Host Rays In Must Win Series

Despite being 2-8 in their last 10 games, and having lost their last three series, the Red Sox still remain well in the thick of things in the AL East race. But this upcoming series with the Tampa Bay Rays could be their last gasp. 

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The Red Sox have looked like a completely different team since the trade deadline, and it’s hurting them in the AL East race. The Red Sox have had a chance to bury both the Blue Jays and the Yankees in the standings and have failed to do so, now both teams have crawled back into the picture. I mentioned the Red Sox are 2-8 in their last 10 games… the Rays, Blue Jays and Yankees are all 8-2 in their last 10. Yet the Red Sox still sit in second place in the division with another golden opportunity to prove themselves looming ahead. 

The Red Sox will have today off before taking on the Rays for a three game set at Fenway Park. Needless to say, this will be a must win series for the Red Sox, as Boston currently sits four games behind Tampa, who is slowly starting to run away with the AL East. The reason for the Red Sox struggles are simple, and honestly, could be worrisome. But if there is one thing we have learned from this 2021 Red Sox team, it is that they don’t give up. So what is it the Red Sox need to fix prior to taking on the Rays in this monumental series? 

Bullpen Needs To Find Themselves

Let’s start with the obvious, the bullpen needs to be better. The Red Sox bullpen may have over achieved a bit prior to the All Star Break, but they have been really bad as of late. In the last seven days, Red Sox relievers have an average ERA of 4.25, and an average WHIP 1.34. The Red Sox bullpen has been great most of this season, but they have been struggling mightily during this skid. That is the team will need to fix to return to where they were. 

Bats Need To Get Going

Prior to Sunday’s eight run game, the Red Sox were averaging just 2.5 runs per game over their last series. Prior to the All Star break, the Red Sox were averaging 5 runs per game. With the bullpen struggling the way they are, the Red Sox need to provide more run support. 

If the Red Sox want to keep their AL East championship hopes alive, this is the biggest series of the season so far. Luckily for the Red Sox, they will be returning back to Fenway Park for this series, where they are 20-9 since the stadium returned to full capacity. 

The Red Sox Battle For First Place In Tampa

The Red Sox will be in Tampa Bay for the next three days as they battle for first place with the Rays. Both teams are having a great 2021 season. Right now, the Rays are 0.5 games back of Boston, who took over first place in the American League East this past weekend. After three games, the standings may look a bit different. Either Boston will remain in first, or the Rays will reclaim the top shelf.

This will be a series to remember after Thursday’s game. The Rays top prospect, Wander Franco, will be making his Major League debut against the Red Sox on Tuesday night. His highly anticipated debut will come with a lot of pressure, as all eyes will be on him. The 20-year-old shortstop has been tearing it up in AAA Durham. He has a .315 average in 39 games with 7 homeruns. The Rays hope he can continue his success in the Major Leagues.

The Red Sox Battle For First Place Matchups

Eduardo Rodriguez will get the ball in game one for Boston against the Rays’ Andrew Kittredge. Rodriguez is 5-4 on the season with a 6.21 ERA in 13 games. Last time out for E-Rod was a no decision in Atlanta. He went 4 innings, giving up 6 hits and 4 runs, while striking out 8. Kittredge is 5-1 with a 1.34 in 2021. He got the no decision his last time out vs Seattle, only going 1.1 innings, and had one strikeout.

Wednesday’s game will feature Garrett Richards vs Rich Hill. Richards is 4-4 with a 4.36 ERA this season. His last start came against Atlanta, where he went 4 innings, giving up 7 hits and 4 runs while striking out 3. Former Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill will be going in game 2 for Tampa. He’s 5-2 with a 3.64 ERA this season. He went 5 innings in his last game vs Seattle, where he allowed 6 hits, 4 runs and had 5 strikeouts.

Thursday’s final game will have Nick Pivetta for Boston. Tampa Bay has yet to name a starter for the game. Pivetta is currently 6-3 with a 4.36 ERA. He took the loss against Kansas City on June 18th. He went 5 innings, allowing 6 hits, and three runs while striking out 6 batters.

Players To Watch In The Series

While the world will have their eyes on Wander Franco, there are some other players to take note of in this series. Tampa Bay third baseman, Joey Wendle, has been doing great so far this season. The 31-year-old leads the team in five categories, including batting average and doubles. Currently, he has a .292 average, with 19 doubles on the season. He also has a slugging percentage of .491 and an on base percentage of .841. Even though he has 5 stolen bases on the season, he also has been caught 5 times, which leads the team. All in all, Wendle might be the difference maker for Tampa as they battle for first place.

Another player to take note of in the series is Red Sox starter, Nick Pivetta. In 14 games this season, he is 6-3 with a 4.36 ERA and has 86 strikeouts. The 28-year-old starter has the most strikeouts on the team, and batters are hitting .231 against him, which is the lowest of all the Red Sox pitchers. Pivetta started the season by winning six games in ten starts before getting the loss in June vs the Astros. Pivetta looks to get his first win of June against Tampa on Thursday.

All Star Game Update

Voting for the 2021 All Star Game concludes on Thursday. Right now, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts and JD Martinez are slated to represent the Red Sox in Colorado on July 13th. Both Devers and Bogaerts are leading in their categories, while Martinez is in second place, behind Angels designated hitter, Shohei Ohtani. Alex Verdugo is currently in eighth place in the All Star Game voting, behind Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Byron Buxton. This will be Devers’ first All Star game, while Bogaerts will be making his third appearance, and Martinez will be making his fourth.

This looks to be an interesting All Star game for sure, as two former Colorado Rockies players may be on the roster. DJ LeMehieu is in third place to play second base in the American League. LeMehieu played for Colorado from 2012 to 2018 before signing with the Yankees prior to the 2019 season. Former Rockies star, Nolan Arenado, is in second place for the National League third basemen behind Kris Bryant of the Cubs. Arenado is in his first season with the Cardinals after being traded this past offseason. Arenado was drafted by Colorado, and was their third baseman from 2013 to 2020. His cousin, Joshua Fuentes is the current third baseman for the Rockies.

Did Dave Dombrowski Make The Right Move?

The trade deadline came and went yesterday. As the clock struck 4pm on July 31st, Red Sox Nation learned that Boston didn’t participate in the trade deadline. While teams like Tampa Bay and Houston were dealing, Boston was silent. The question is, did Dave Dombrowski make the right move?

While the Red Sox were tied to many trade rumors, none of them panned out. As thedombrowski make clock ran down, it was obvious that many top performers were heading to other teams. For example, pitchers like Shane Greene and Mike Leake were traded to contending teams. Some of the players that Boston had on their radar stayed with their current teams. The Mets and Blue Jays held onto closers, Edwin Diaz and Ken Giles yesterday.

Did Dave Dombrowski Make The Right Move at the Deadline?

At 4:01pm, when it was evident that the Red Sox weren’t participating in the trade deadline, President Dave Dombroski held a press conference. “We had an opportunity to make a lot of trades, if we wanted to,” Dombrowski stated to reporters on Wednesday prior to the Red Sox game against the Rays. However, the question of did Dave Dombrowski make the right move by not trading anyone is still something that needs to be answered.

The players that Dombrowski offered weren’t enough, and teams wanted more for their better players. Some of these names included Andrew Benintendi and Michael Chavis. Yet, Boston stayed put.

Did Dave Dombrowski make the right move by not making one at all? It was pretty evident on Wednesday night, when Boston lost their third straight game, moving further down the standings. While Dombrowski made some good points at the press conference, many are still questioning his motives.

The Trade Deadline Around The League

While Dave Dombrowski was silent at the deadline, other teams were wheeling and dealing. The most notable trade was the one made by the Diamondbacks, as they traded All Star Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros. The Astros made a big splash yesterday, not only acquiring Greinke, but also getting Aaron Sanchez from Toronto, and Martin Maldonado from the Cubs.

A few former Red Sox pitchers were traded as well. Drew Pomeranz was traded from the Giants to the Brewers, while Roenis Elias went from the Mariners to the Nationals. Pomeranz was set to possibly pitch against the Red Sox in September. Now, it looks like the reunion will have to wait.

For the past few days, many teams were out trading to stack their rosters. Another notable trade was the three team deal that sent Trevor Bauer to Cincinnati and Yasiel Puig to Cleveland. San Diego was in on the trade as well, acquiring outfield prospect Taylor Trammel.

What Does This Mean For Boston?

After a surge that saw the Red Sox go 3-1 against the Yankees, nothing has gone right for Boston. Right now, they are 0-2 against the Rays, and are 2.5 games out of the wild card. At 10-5, Andrew Cashner looks to win his second straight Red Sox start tonight against Tampa Bay.

There are different ways to look into yesterday’s trade deadline. Only time can tell with this strategy. While there is only one deadline this season, it can turn in Boston’s favor down the road. Other teams, such as the Yankees and Cardinals didn’t make moves either. While the Yankees are in first place in the AL East, the Cardinals are tied for first with the Cubs.

Did Dombrowski and Company make the right move? We’ll see as the rest of the season continues on. While many would have loved to have seen a new arm in the bullpen or rotation, one can only wonder what the off season will look like.

The Battle For Second Place Begins

After going 3-1 against the New York Yankees, the Red Sox will host the Tampa Bay Rays starting tonight. As the Rays roll into town, the battle for second place in the AL East officially begins. The Red Sox are a half game back of the Rays, who went 2-1 against Toronto this past weekend.

This is a pivotal series for Boston, as they look to continue the fight for October. Also, thesecond place trade deadline is tomorrow, and the rumors are still flying. For Boston, the battle for second place is an uphill one.

Game One

A rematch of last week’s showdown in Tampa Bay begins Tuesday night. Charlie Morton goes up against David Price in the first game. While Morton is looking for win number 13 of the season, Price is looking to win his eighth game of the season.

For Morton, he is looking to keep his team in second place. Price, however, has other plans. After a shaky outing on Wednesday against Tampa Bay, Price is not only looking to redeem himself, but push Boston into second place.

Game Two

The battle for second place in the AL East continues a few hours after the trade deadline is finished. Rick Porcello has the ball in this game against a Tampa Bay starter that has yet to be named.

Porcello is looking to continue his hot streak after his win on Thursday night against the Yankees. He went six innings allowing three runs off of six hits. It did help that the Red Sox scored seven runs in the first inning off of Masahiro Tanaka, led by Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

Game Three

Boston begins August by having Andrew Cashner on the mound in what will be a very important game. After this game, Boston heads to New York to face the first place Yankees. Tampa Bay has yet to announce a starter for this game, but Kevin Cash will have a trick up his sleeve depending on how the first two games go.

Like Porcello, Cashner’s last game out was a masterpiece. The newest member of the Red Sox got his first taste of the rivalry, and did a great job. Cashner went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs off of ten hits, allowing him to get his first win in a Red Sox uniform. When Alex Cora took him out in the seventh, the Fenway Faithful gave him a well deserved standing ovation.

Can Boston win the Battle for Second Place in the AL East?

With the trade deadline in eyesight, both Boston and Tampa Bay have questions that need to be answered. For the Rays, it’s their rotation. For Boston, it’s the bullpen. This past weekend, Tampa Bay got to work, trading for Toronto’s Eric Sogard on Sunday. They also traded Hunter Wood and Christian Arroyo to Cleveland for prospect Ruben Cardenas.

As for Boston, rumors that they are in the process of getting either Edwin Diaz or Ken Giles are still out there. Both closers would be a good fit for Boston. Of course, what happens between now and then is up to Dave Dombrowski. Both this series and the next one are important for Boston. The defending World Series Champions need to stay hot if they went to get to October.

Mets Looking into a Trade With the Red Sox?

It appears so. Multiple reports are stating that with the Red Sox are looking at Mets closer Edwin Diaz. Over the past few days, some officials from the New York Mets have been spotted in Boston. The question is, who will the Red Sox move to get Diaz? Or, are the Mets looking to trade to Boston at all?

With the trade deadline only two days away, Red Sox fans are on the edge of their seat toMets looking see what Dave Dombrowski will do. After a weekend series that saw the Red Sox take three games from the Yankees, many are excited about the remainder of the season. First, we need to get past the trade deadline on Wednesday. Hopefully the Mets will help the Red Sox get to October.

Mets Looking to Part Ways With Edwin Diaz?

The 25 year-old right hander is in his first season with the New York Mets. After spending the first three seasons of his career as a Seattle Mariner, he was traded to the Mets that also saw Robinson Cano join the team.

Right now, Diaz is under team control for at least three more seasons, which would be perfect for Boston. He has a career 3.04 ERA in 232 games. In 148 save opportunities, Diaz was able to convert 132 of them. This season, he has 23 saves out of 27 save opportunities.

The Mets are currently 50-55, and 11.5 games out of first place in the National League East. The Red Sox are 59-48, and 9 games out of first place. Unlike the Mets, the Red Sox have a shot of grabbing one of the Wild Card spots if they continue to do well the rest of the season. It’s only logical that the are Mets looking to move Diaz, who would be able to fill in the closer role for Boston.

Who Would The Red Sox Move?

That’s a scary question. There have been a few names that have been floating around when it comes to the trade deadline.

One of those names is Bobby Dalbec. The 24 year old has been doing well for the Portland Sea Dogs this season, batting .230 in 343 plate appearances. He has 20 home runs and 52 RBI’s on the season. Dalbec was selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2016 draft as a third baseman. He was named Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year for a minor leaguer in 2018 by the Red Sox.

Another name is Tristan Casas, last season’s first round pick. Right now, Casas is a member of the Red Sox Class A team, the Greenville Drive. In 93 games, the corner infielder is batting .252 with 68 RBI’s. He also has 17 home runs on the season.

As for the big league names, one that has been floating around is Michael Chavis. The Ice House, who will be turning 24 in a few weeks, made his MLB Debut back on April 20th. Since then, Chavis has played in 83 games at three infield positions – first, second and third base. In 311 at-bats, he is batting .260 with 16 home runs and 55 RBI’s. Chavis also has 2 stolen bases on the season.

What Do These Rumors Mean?

Yes, it will be sad to see any one of those three guys go, especially Michael Chavis. However, that might not be the case. There are other players on both the Red Sox and the Mets system that can be traded. It’s a matter of who is traded, and if there is a third team involved. These next 48 hours are crucial for Boston, as they get set to host the Tampa Bay Rays in Boston.

The Red Sox are Finally Halfway Through the Season

The All Star game and Home Run Derby are finally done. Now the Red Sox are halfway through the season with one goal in mind. That goal – Make it to the postseason. It sounds like a long shot, but hopefully with some motivation, it can be done.

Over the past few days, the Red Sox have been involved in trade talks, especially when ithalfway through comes to pitching. One thing to note is that they are in the process of moving postseason hero, Nathan Eovaldi to the bullpen. At 49-41, the Red Sox are two games out of the Wild Card. The question now is, can they do what it takes to see October?

A lot of Questions Halfway Through the Season

Right now, the Red Sox are in third place in the American League East. The two teams in front of them, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, have been on a ht streak for some time now. As we saw in London, the Yankees aren’t slowing down anytime soon. As for the Rays, they are 4-3 in July, and finished the half with the fourth best record in team history.

One thing that these two teams have that the Red Sox are lacking is solid pitching. For Tampa Bay, two of their pitchers are in the top ten in ERA, with Charlie Morton in the number one spot. The Yankees, who have one of the better bullpens in the Majors, have a successful closer in Aroldis Chapman. Right now, he is leading the league with twenty four saves.

The big question for the Red Sox is the bullpen. One bright spot in the bullpen for Boston is Brandon Workman. Right now, he is 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA. In 2019, Workman has pitched in 43 games, logging 40.1 innings and striking out fifty five batters. This is all well and good, however, the rest of the bullpen needs a wake up call.

At the halfway point, the bullpen has blown eighteen saves, and are behind the New York Mets who have blown twenty one. Last season, the Red Sox only had twenty blown saves. At this rate, they’re looking at not only passing last season’s blown saves, but possibly doubling the eighteen they have now.

Another question mark is the rotation. With both Chris Sale and Rick Porcello having off years, it’s tough not to think about adding another arm to the mix. Right now, one of the rumors is that the Red Sox might be trading for another starter. This will help big time, especially later in the season. We saw how that worked out last season with the trade for Nathan Eovaldi.

Is The Magic Gone?

No, really, is it? Think about it. Last season, the Red Sox were 68-30 at the halfway point. This season, they’re 49-41. In the offseason, the only major impacts were that Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel left. Other than that, the team is practically the same. Granted, no team has won back to back championships since the Yankees did it in 1999 and 2000. Actually, they won three times in a row, but that’s another story.

Mookie Betts and the rest of the line up are slowly waking up, and getting the ball in play. The call up of Michael Chavis and the emergence of Rafael Devers in his second full season has definitely helped the Red Sox. As for the pitching part, time can only tell what will happen next. In a few short weeks, the trade deadline will be here. Will the Red Sox be buyers, or sellers? Will Dave Dombrowski do what needs to be done to get this team back to the postseason? Red Sox Nation only hopes that he will.