The Battle of the Rookies at the Trop

Last night, baseball fans saw not one, but two players make their Major League debut in the same game. Wander Franco and Connor Wong both made their debuts last night at Tropicana Field in Florida. Wander Franco may have come out of the gate hot, but Connor Wong and the Sox got the last laugh. Boston beat Tampa Bay 9-5 in a thriller of a game. The battle of the rookies will continue tonight, as the Red Sox look to take game 2 from the Rays.

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Going into the 9th inning on Tuesday night, the game was tied 5-5. Boston was leading in the game following a 5 run 3rd inning. Then, Franco smashed a three run shot to left field to tie it up. Due to the MLB extra innings rule, Connor Wong came into the game to run for JD Martinez at 2nd base. The game broke open with a Rafael Devers double that scored Wong and Bogaerts. From there, the Red Sox secured the 9-5 victory.

The Battle of the Rookies Continues Tonight

The battle of the rookies is a fun thing, especially when it’s within the divisions. For Wander Franco and the Rays, this was a huge moment for their organization. The same can be said for Connor Wong and the Red Sox, however, Franco’s call up was more special, as he has been ranked in the top 5 for prospects since 2019. The last player to have a highly anticipated debut was Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in 2019. Franco was on the field sporting number 5 for the Rays, out of respect to his favorite player, Albert Pujols. In his first at bat against Eduardo Rodriguez, he worked a walk after being down 0-2 in the count. In his next at bat, Franco blasted a 3 run shot to left to tie the game. The 20 year old third baseman didn’t disappoint in his debut, going 2-4 in the game. Franco hit his first homerun, first RBI, first run, and was walked in the game.

On February 10th, 2020, the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts and David Price for Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong. Verdugo has made a name for himself here in Boston, while Downs and Wong have been doing well in the minor leagues. Well, following the Red Sox move to place Kevin Plawecki on the injured list, it was time for Wong to come up to the big leagues. Sporting the number 74, Wong made his debut as a pinch runner for JD Martinez. The 25 year old from Texas didn’t get a chance to play defensively last night, but Red Sox fans might be able to see him in the field soon, as Wong can play multiple positions.

Coming Up For Boston

After last night’s extra innings victory, the Red Sox look to continue their winning ways tonight against the Rays. Last night’s win allowed the Red Sox to be 1.5 games ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL East. A win today will allow them to continue to hold down first place in the division. Garrett Richards will have the ball for Boston, and Rich Hill will be going up for Tampa Bay. Nick Pivetta is still slanted to pitch Thursday’s final game for Boston.

The Red Sox will welcome the Yankees to Fenway Park starting Friday night. It looks to be a special game on Friday, as Boston is honoring long time second baseman, Dustin Pedroia. This past offseason, Pedroia announced his retirement from baseball. The beloved second baseman will be greeted with cheers on Friday night. Following the Yankees series, the Red Sox will welcome back Andrew Benintendi and the Kansas City Royals for a four game set before heading back on the road to Oakland.

Red Sox Sweep Mets At Citi Field

After a wild home stand, the Red Sox went to New York to face the Mets. Boston brought the brooms with them too, as fans watched the Red Sox sweep the Mets at Citi Field. The Red Sox won Game 1 by a score of 2-1. Game 2’s final was 1-0. The first place Red Sox’s bats were quiet in both games. However, in a strange turn of events, the Red Sox pitching staff was the star of the show, as they limited the Mets to just 1 run in both games. The Red Sox were no better, scoring twice in the first game, and only once in the second game.

Prior to their New York arrival, the Red Sox went 5-5 in their final April home stand. In the home stand, Boston managed to split all three of their series against the White Sox, Blue Jays and Mariners. After an off day on Monday, Boston made their way to Citi Field looking to do damage against the Mets. They did just that, as the Red Sox swept the Mets on their home turf. Now, the Red Sox turn their attention to Texas, as they face the Rangers and Brock Holt. This will be Boston’s first time at the new Globe Life Park in Arlington as well.

How Did the Red Sox Sweep the Mets?

Tuesday night saw Garrett Richards go against David Peterson. Richards went out to the mound with something to prove Tuesday night. After a rocky start to the 2021 season, Richards pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 1 run off of 7 hits and struck out 10 batters. Bobby Dalbec homered for Boston in the third inning to tie the ball game. In the sixth inning, Rafael Devers provided the go ahead run with a RBI single to score Enrique Hernandez. Matt Andriese got the hold, and Matt Barnes earned his fifth save of the season.

Wednesday’s final game was the ultimate pitcher’s duel. Nick Pivetta, who has been remarkable since coming to Boston, earned his third win of the season. Jacob deGrom, the Mets ace, was handed his second loss of the season. The only run that was scored was in the second inning on a Rafael Devers double that allowed Xander Bogaerts to score. Pivetta went five innings shut out innings before giving the ball to the bullpen. Matt Barnes earned his sixth save of the 2021 season as well. Jacob deGrom went six innings, and earned the loss despite only allowing three hits and striking out nine batters.

What’s Next For The Red Sox

Boston will be heading to the Lone Star State to face the Texas Rangers. This will be Boston’s first visit to Arlington since September 2019. Unlike last time, the Red Sox will be playing at the brand new Globe Life Park. The Red Sox will play four games there, and will have Martin Perez going up against Kyle Gibson in game one. The second game of the series will feature Nathan Eovaldi and Kohei Arihara. The first game of May has Eduardo Rodriguez starting for Boston against the Rangers’ Jordan Lyles. The final game on Sunday has Garrett Richards facing former Atlanta Braves pitcher, Mike Foltynewicz.

The Red Sox will be seeing a familiar face in the Rangers dugout in this series. Former Red Sox player and Texas native, Brock Holt, is now a member of the Rangers. Holt, who signed a one year deal with Texas this past offseason, played for the Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals in 2020. Holt has done well for the Rangers in 2021, playing in 13 games, batting .222 with 8 hits and 3 RBI’s. The 32 year old third baseman will face Boston for the second time since becoming a free agent after the 2019 season. He last played against Boston as a member of the Washington Nationals in 2020.

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.

Looking At The 2020 Red Sox Roster

We are closing in on Opening Day for Major League Baseball. The 2020 Red Sox roster will look different this season, mainly because of the protocols that are in place for COVID-19. Major League teams will be allowed to carry 30 players on the active roster, while having other players at an alternative site. For the Red Sox, that alternative site will be McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI. Here, players will be waiting for the call up to Boston. At McCoy, players will be able to workout and practice so that they will be ready in case they have to go to Boston.

Like 2020, this season will be different for the Red Sox. The 2020 Red Sox roster will startred sox roster 2020 off with 30 players, then go down to 28, and end with 26 after a month. While there won’t be an All-Star Game, and we won’t get a chance to see certain teams like the Astros or the Dodgers, there will be a trade deadline at the end of August. The fun begins on Friday, so let’s see what the Red Sox will be bringing to the table.

Breaking Down The 2020 Red Sox Roster

At the catcher’s position, odds are the Red Sox will have Christian Vazquez, Jonathan Lucroy and Kevin Plawecki on the roster. The Red Sox brought in Lucroy and Plawecki this past offseason on one year deals, following the trade of Sandy Leon. They will be fighting for the prime backup catcher position once the rosters go back down to 26, unless Ron Roenicke plans to keep all three catchers.

The infield will have many familiar faces in it. Mitch Moreland will be at first base, Xander Bogaerts at short stop, and Rafael Devers at third base. Michael Chavis will be on the roster, and most likely be platooning with Moreland at first. The Red Sox brought in Jose Pereza this past offseason to play second base. Tzu-Wei Lin and Jonathan Arauz will also be key utility infielders for Boston.

The Red Sox outfield has a few new faces in it. Joining Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr are Alex Verdugo and Kevin Pillar. Red Sox fans will remember Pillar, who played for the Toronto Blue Jays and the San Francisco Giants. Verdugo, who came to Boston in the Mookie Betts and David Price trade, will be looking to make a name for himself in the outfield.

The Red Sox have their designated hitter in slugger JD Martinez. After signing a five-year deal prior to the 2018 season, Martinez has decided to stay in a Red Sox uniform for the 2020 season, despite the opt out option in his contract.

The Starting Rotation and Bullpen

Right now going into the 2020 season, the Red Sox have Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez, Ryan Weber and Brian Johnson in their starting rotation. Eduardo Rodriguez will be joining the rotation at some point during the season, but there isn’t an exact timetable on that yet. Rodriguez didn’t report to camp until recently due to recovering from COVID-19. The Red Sox brought in Collin McHugh in March to fill in for a rotation spot, but he opted out of the 2020 season due to an arm injury. McHugh, who had elbow issues entering the season, didn’t think he would be ready for the 2020 season.

The Red Sox bullpen will look similar to last season, with a few new faces in the mix. Closer Brandon Workman is back for his role with the Red Sox. So will Matt Barnes, Ryan Braiser, Marcus Walden, and Colten Brewer. Newcomers Josh Osich, Jeffrey Springs, Chris Mazza, Austin Brice and Matt Hall will be looking to make a name for themselves in Boston this season.

The Week Ahead

The Red Sox play two exhibition games starting Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Ryan Weber will get the ball for Boston, and Nate Pearson will get the ball for Toronto. Both games will be at 7:30pm.

The Red Sox will have an off day on Thursday, before welcoming the Baltimore Orioles to Fenway Park for Opening Day. Ron Roenicke announced recently that Nathan Eovaldi will be the Opening Day starter for Boston, since Eduardo Rodriguez is still getting ready for the season following a delayed start. John Means will be Baltimore’s Opening Day starter this season.

How Will the Red Sox Fair in 2020?

We are one week away from the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season. For teams like the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees, that means getting back into the playoffs. As for the Red Sox, they are not looking like postseason contenders, even with a shorter season. How will the Red Sox fair in 2020? Well, right now, the World Series odds for the 2020 Red Sox are actually worse than what they were back in March. This past offseason saw some big names leave the Red Sox organization, with Rick Porcello signing with the New York Mets, and Mookie Betts and David Price were traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The rival New York Yankees on the other hand, signed the biggest fish in the free agency pond in Gerrit Cole. 

During the offseason, the Red Sox had to rework their system. With the firing of Davered sox fair Dombrowski in September, they needed a new President of Baseball Operations. Near the end of October, the Red Sox got their guy in Chaim Bloom. Prior to joining Boston, Bloom was the Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Tampa Bay Rays. Now the Chief Baseball Officer for the Red Sox, Bloom was tasked with trying to get the Red Sox back into the postseason. From trading catcher Sandy Leon, to signing infielder Jose Peraza and pitcher Martin Perez, fans were left scratching their heads. Key players like Rick Porcello and Brock Holt signed with new teams, and the Red Sox did not look the same prior to Spring Training. 

How the Red Sox Fair in 2020 Is a Matter of Chance

In January of 2020, the Red Sox were hit by the Houston Astros cheating scandal, when former manager Alex Cora was named in the report in regards to Houston’s involvement in cheating during the 2017 season. Cora was the bench coach for Houston at the time, and was one of the main people who was involved in the scandal. This lead to Cora resigning from the Red Sox, and left a hole in the manager position with less than a month before Spring Training. Between finding a new manager, and trading Mookie Betts and David Price, the Red Sox seem to be in rebuilding mode. 

While the rest of the American League East has fallen silent, the New York Yankees keep looking for ways to improve. They brought back veteran outfielder Brett Gardner with a one year contract, and signed Gerrit Cole to a massive nine year, $324 million dollar contract. This contract is the richest contract that has ever been given to a Major League Baseball player. Cole finished the 2019 season 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts. While he didn’t get a ring with the Houston Astros, he did pretty well in the 2019 season. The new ace of the Yankees is looking to improve upon his 2019 season in 2020. While the Yankees are down one starting pitcher with Luis Severino out with Tommy John surgery, they still have plenty of weapons in their arsenal. 

The Difference Between the Red Sox and the Yankees

With Rick Porcello signing with the New York Mets, David Price being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chris Sale having Tommy John surgery in April, the Red Sox only have three reliable starters in Nathan Eovaldi, Eduardo Rodriguez and Martin Perez. Granted, the Red Sox did sign starting pitcher Collin McHugh before COVID-19 shut down the season. However, manager Ron Roenicke stated that McHugh might not be ready for the start of the season.  The Yankees on the other hand, have a full five man rotation, plus a few relievers that can start at a moment’s notice. Chaim Bloom and the Red Sox have been scrambling to try and find a few good starting pitchers for the Red Sox, but as of now, there is currently an audition in Boston to see who will be starting this season. While the Red Sox do have a solid starting lineup with JD Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, pitching, whether it’s from the starting rotation or the bullpen, is what is going to be important in this short season. 

For the Yankees, they too have a solid starting lineup with Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit. Over the past few seasons, the big three of the New York Yankees have been a force in their lineup. Catcher Gary Sanchez has been a force in the Yankees lineup since he came onto the scene in 2015. Last season, despite committing fifteen errors as a catcher, he was named the American League All Star for the second time. Sanchez also hit 34 homeruns with 77 RBI’s. His career fielding percentage is .988% in his four seasons so far with the Yankees. Aaron Judge is the big name around the Big Apple, and last season kept crushing it both defensively and offensively. The 2017 American League Rookie of the Year won the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2019, as well as hit his 100th career home run. In total, he hit .272 with 27 homeruns and 62 RBI’s in the 2019 campaign. Luke Voit, unlike Sanchez and Judge, didn’t start his career with the Yankees. The Yankees acquired him from the St Louis Cardinals prior to the 2018 trade deadline. In 157 games with the Yankees as a first baseman, Voit has 35 homeruns and 95 RBI’s, and he only keeps getting better and better each time he steps up to the plate. 

A few things have been keeping the Yankees apart from the Red Sox over the past few years. The Red Sox have won two World Series Championships since 2010, but the Yankees haven’t won since 2009. The first thing is the Yankees keep looking for ways to improve. The signing of Gerrit Cole this past offseason, as well as the signings of DJ LeMahieu, J.A. Happ, and James Paxton prior to the 2019 season are proof that the Yankees want to add championship number 28 to their circle. In a way, the Yankees keep looking for that new puzzle piece, whereas the Red Sox keep looking to rebuild after winning a championship. 

How Will The Red Sox Fair in 2020?

Will the Red Sox do well in the short 2020 season? Only time can tell that. Right now, it’s not looking good for the nine time World Series Champions. With the schedule being mainly the American and National League East teams, it will be an uphill challenge for the Red Sox, especially with the reigning World Series Champion Washington Nationals in their schedule. The Yankees on the other hand, are out to win. After losing to the Houston Astros in the American League Championship series last postseason, many on the Yankees are looking to climb over that hurdle and make it into the 2020 World Series. Bringing in Cole to their rotation, and having a healthy lineup and bullpen is what will set them apart from the rest of the teams in the American League East. Many might say to not count the Red Sox out of the race, however, statistics don’t lie, and as of right now, the Red Sox have a mountain to climb. 

The Final Road Series Begins in Tampa Bay

The Red Sox will be starting their final road series in Tampa Bay against the second place Rays. After a rough home stand against the Giants, the Red Sox look to do some damage to the Rays this weekend. For the Rays, they are looking to add onto their amazing season, and sink Boston even further down in the standings. In the start of the final road series, Boston looks to try and prove that they are still here.

A few bright spots for Boston this season is the emergence of Rafael Devers. Heading intofinal home stretch the start of the final road series, Devers is hitting .311 with 30 home runs, and 110 RBIs in 605 at bats. Also, he joined Xander Bogaerts in the 50 doubles, and 30 home runs club on Wednesday night. Between the two of them, they have a 61 home runs, 100 doubles and 219 RBIs. With only three teams left to play, the Red Sox will hopefully look to end the season on a high note. First, they head to Tampa Bay to begin their final road series.

Final Road Series Matchups

Friday night will have Rick Porcello going up against Charlie Morton. Last time Porcello faced Tampa Bay was back on July 31st. He took the loss, going 5.2 innings, allowing six runs off of nine hits. Porcello allowed three home runs in that game as well, but struck out seven. Morton, the ace of the Rays rotation, last faced Boston on July 30th. He pitched 4.2 innings, allowing four runs off of seven hits. While Porcello is looking to go 14-12 in 2019, Morton is looking to add win number 16 to his impressive season.

Alex Cora has yet to name a starter for game two. However, Kevin Cash is sending Tyler Glasnow to face Boston in game two. The last time Boston saw Glasnow was way back on April 28th. He earned the win in that game, going 6.2 innings, allowing two runs and six hits, while striking out nine. Glasnow, who recently came off the injured list, was placed there following a game against the Yankees in May. The Rays placed him on the injury list with a strained arm.

The afternoon game on Sunday will have Nathan Eovaldi up against Ryan Yarbrough. Last time Eovaldi pitched against his former team was on July 30th in relief. He pitched one inning, only allowing one hit while striking out three. The last time the Red Sox faced Yarbrough was on July 31st. He took the win in the game, pitching 4.1 innings of relief. Yarbrough allowed four runs off of six hits.

The fourth and final road series game against Tampa Bay will have Jhoulys Chacin against Blake Snell. This will be the first time the Rays will be facing Chacin this season. The Red Sox, on the other hand are familiar with Snell. He last pitched against Boston on June 9th going six innings. Snell took home the win in that game, allowing only one run while striking out seven.

Looking Ahead to the Final Two Series

After the series in Tampa Bay, the Red Sox head to Arlington to face the Rangers. The three game set begins Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. This will be the Red Sox’s final time in that ballpark, as the Rangers will be moving to the new Globe Life Field in 2020. The new stadium will be located across the street from the old one in Arlington.

Their final home series, and the final series of the season begins on September 27th against the Baltimore Orioles. This will not only wrap up the 2019 season for both teams, but will be the final series against the American League East in 2019. The final game of the season is set for Sunday September 29th at 3pm.