After going 1-4 at home against the Orioles and the Mets, the Red Sox are heading off to New York for their first road series of 2020. We’re less than a week into the 2020 season, and the Red Sox have already hit a bump in the road. The pitching, except for Nathan Eovaldi, has been spotty. Red Sox pitching has given up a total of 29 runs since the second game of the season. The offense has also been quiet, and are not taking advantage of runners in scoring position.
This first road series of 2020 will put the Red Sox to the test. They head to Citi Field for two games against the Mets, then head to Yankee Stadium to face the Yankees for a three game weekend series. From there, they travel to Tampa Bay to face the first place Rays for two games. With only 55 games left of the season, anything can happen. However, the Red Sox need to figure out a way to do well in their first road series of 2020.
First Road Series of 2020 vs the Mets
The Red Sox will be taking on the Mets in a two game series at Citi Field. This will be the final time the Red Sox face the Mets until 2021, when the Red Sox travel to Citi Field at the end of April. Tonight’s matchup is between Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob deGrom. Last time out for Eovaldi was on Opening Day. He went 6 innings, striking out 4 batters, and got the win in a 13-2 victory over the Orioles. Like Eovaldi, deGrom was the Mets Opening Day starter against the Braves. He got a no decision in the 1-0 win. In that outing, deGrom went 5 innings, striking out 8 batters.
The final game will feature Martin Perez and Steven Matz. Perez made his Red Sox debut on Saturday, going 5 innings in the 7-2 loss to the Orioles. He is looking to get his first Red Sox win on Thursday night against the Mets. Steven Matz will be looking for his first win of the season against Boston, after going 6 innings while striking out 7 in the 5-3 loss to the Braves.
The Rivalry Returns for 2020
After their series against the Mets, the Red Sox will be heading to Yankee Stadium to take on the Yankees. This three game set will be important to both teams. While the Red Sox are currently 1-4, the Yankees are 2-1. Their series against the Phillies that was supposed to begin on Monday, has been postponed due to a COVID outbreak that occurred when the Miami Marlins were in Philly. Now, the Yankees will be playing the Orioles today and tomorrow.
No starting pitchers have been announced for either team, however, the Red Sox will most likely have Ryan Weber start the first game of the series on Friday night. All three games will have a start time of 7:05pm. The next time the Red Sox face the Yankees this season will be from August 14th to August 17th at Yankee Stadium.
Battling the Rays in Florida
The Red Sox will be closing out the first road trip of 2020 at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field. They will be taking on the Rays in a two game series starting on August 4th at 6:40pm. Right now, the Rays are 4-1 after taking on the Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves at home.
The Rays will be on the road starting tonight, with a two game series against the Braves, followed by a three game series against the Orioles before heading home to face Boston. The next time the Rays play the Red Sox will be at Fenway Park from August 10th to August 13th.