The Red Sox are finally home after going 4-4 on their road trip. The Bronx Bombers head to Fenway for three games vs Boston starting on Friday night. The third place Yankees look to climb to first place in the division, but they first have to get past the first place Red Sox. Following their game vs Tampa Bay, Boston’s currently sitting in first place with a 44-31 record as they head into the home stand. This will be the first time both teams will play at Fenway Park this season. Last time Boston played New York was at the beginning of June at Yankee Stadium.
The Red Sox look to continue their success against the Bronx Bombers this weekend, for they are 3-0 against them so far in 2021. They look to continue their success against the Yankees tonight as Martin Perez takes the ball for Boston. Perez and the rest of the Red Sox roster look to have a successful game and series vs the Yankees. This short home stand will be an interesting one for Boston, as they will welcome Kansas City on Monday.
Red Hot Sox vs the Bronx Bombers
Friday night under the lights will feature Martin Perez and Domingo German. Perez will be looking for win number 6 on the season, after getting his fifth win on June 19th vs Kansas City. Perez is currently 5-4 with a 4.32 ERA in 14 games so far in 2021. German will take the mound for the Bronx Bombers after getting the no decision his last time out against the A’s. He’s currently 4-4 with a 4.17 ERA in 13 games.
Game 2 has Nathan Eovaldi going up against Jordan Montgomery. Eovaldi is currently 7-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 15 games so far in 2021. Last time out for the righty was a loss vs the Royals. Eovaldi is looking to bounce back on Saturday night. Montgomery will be attempting to get win number four on the season after getting the no decision in his last start. He’s 3-1 on the season with a 4.03 ERA in 14 games for New York.
Sunday’s afternoon finale will have Eduardo Rodriguez for Boston, and Gerrit Cole for New York. Rodriguez is 5-4 on the season with a 6.07 ERA in 14 games. Last time out resulted in a no decision against the Rays. Through 15 games, Cole is 8-3 with a 2.33 ERA. Last time out was a no decision for Cole against Kansas City.
Dustin Pedroia Night at Fenway Park
The Red Sox will be honoring long time Red Sox player, Dustin Pedroia on Friday night. The fan favorite announced his retirement this past offseason. The beloved second baseman played his entire 14 year career in Boston. He retired with a career average of .299 with 140 homeruns and 725 RBI’s. The Laser Show is 11th on the all time Red Sox list for games played, and second behind Hall of Famer, Bobby Doerr for players who played at 2nd base.
In his first full season with Boston, Pedroia not only won his first World Series Championship, but was named Rookie of the Year. In his second season, he was named the American League MVP, was selected to his first All Star Game and won the Silver Slugger Award. The 37-year-old California native not only won a lot of awards, but won a lot of hearts here in Boston. Thank you, 15.
What’s Next for Boston
Following the series against the Yankees, the Red Sox will be welcoming the Kansas City Royals for a four-game series. This series marks the first time Red Sox Nation will see Andrew Benintendi at Fenway since he was traded this past offseason. It will surely be an emotional night on Monday, as the fans will honor Benny. In five seasons with Boston, Benintendi patrolled the Green Monster, and made spectacular plays in left field. The most memorable play would be in the ALCS in Houston vs the Astros in 2018. That play propelled the Red Sox to get to the World Series. From there, Benny and the 2018 Red Sox won their ninth title in team history.
After the four game home set, the Red Sox will head to Oakland to play Mitch Moreland and the A’s. Following the series, they will be heading to Anaheim to take on Mike Trout and the LA Angels. This will lead Boston to their final home stand vs the Philadelphia Phillies before the All Star break.