In case you haven’t heard by now, baseball is back in action. We’ve had several bloggers write about the topic. Honestly, it makes sense because it is a huge deal! The Red Sox naturally got in on the action of being excited to be back at it again.
But now that the news is subsiding, we as Red Sox fans need to ask ourselves something. Where do the Red Sox stand when the season commences? This team is going to be interesting for sure. Let’s look at a few things to pay attention to with the Red Sox in 2020, shall we?
The Red Sox Offense
Don’t make any mistakes or misconceptions about it. This Boston Red Sox offense can be VERY legit come 2020. The left side of the infield with Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts is lethal in itself. A guy like Michael Chavis could take a huge step forward at 2nd base with some spot starts in the outfield. Mitch Moreland was arguably the Red Sox best hitter in 2019 for the first part of the season. Then obviously, you have J.D. Martinez and Andrew Beintendi will look to take a step in the right direction. Christian Vazquez had a career year in 2019, besides being fantastic defensively behind the plate. Point blank, this Red Sox offense on paper is pretty damn good.
For the 2020 schedule, teams will play 40 games against their division opponents, and 20 games against teams from the same "region" in the opposite league. pic.twitter.com/mE6hJPaLIK
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 25, 2020
The schedule above gives you everything you need to know about the alignments this year. The Red Sox will play 40 games against their traditional division foes. So obviously, we’ll be seeing a lot of the Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, and Orioles this year. But look at the other teams the Red Sox could play. You have the Mets, Phillies, Nationals, Braves, and Marlins. You can’t sit there and honestly say that the Red Sox won’t rack up wins against the Blue Jays, Orioles, and Marlins at the very least. This schedule could help a Red Sox team that needs that big break for 2020.
The Red Sox have to play one game in 2020 for the luxury tax to reset. Whose the biggest name that will be on the free agent market? If you guessed Mookie Betts, you’re correct! The Red Sox could easily come in and offer the same deal they offered last off-season to Betts. With the way the economy is right now, it might not look like a bad option for Mookie in the long run.
Note: I know the pitching staff will be a hot mess. Let’s move on!
The Red Sox will be back and interesting to watch. Will the offense be hot for 60 games? Can the division help their chances? Can this pitching staff figure it out? All of those questions remain to be seen. Just give me baseball!
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-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793)