I mean, what more is there to say at this point? The Boston Red Sox in 2020 are exactly who we thought they’d be: a joke. I’m not going to lie, I thought this team had a wildcard shot with their lineup alone. But then I forget the first thing about baseball: you need pitching to be contenders. Besides Nathan Eovaldi, this team doesn’t have it. The Red Sox played the Yankees in the Bronx this past weekend. Honestly, what else would you expect with a dominant Yankees team and a mediocre Red Sox team? Let’s review.
Friday 7/31 Yankees 5 Red Sox 1
Friday night was the opener of the series with the Yankees. Ryan Weber was serviceable. He gave up three earned runs on four hits and four errors in 3 1/3 innings. I know, it doesn’t sound great on the surface. But in this case, that’s a win for this Sox pitching staff. The offense was relatively quiet in this one. Xander Bogaerts went 2 for 3. Michael Chavis connected for his first homerun of the season.
Other than that, not much else to report in this one. Phillips Valdez continues to turn heads as he pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. Not a great start to the series and it only gets worse!
Saturday 8/1 Yankees 5 Red Sox 2
Another day and another lackluster performance from the offense. Kevin Pillar was the star in this one, going 2-4 on the night. Zack Godley didn’t have his best stuff as he gave up 5 runs in 3 1/3 innings. The bullpen of Chris Mazza, Ryan Brasier, and Josh Osich helped keep the Red Sox afloat. But with no offensive firepower, it just ended in another loss to the Yankees heading into the series finale on Sunday night.
Sunday 8/2 Yankees 9 Red Sox 7
The series finale saw the bats swinging on both sides. For the Red Sox, Xander Bogaerts was the star as he went 4 for 4 with two homers on the night.
Rafael Devers also added to the fun with two hits and a homerun of his own.
Also, do we dare say he’s getting better as a fielder?
Upon Further Review:
Hot corner is hot. pic.twitter.com/dFxAc1ma4J
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 3, 2020
Okay, maybe that’s a bit much, But he made a heck of a play last night.
As always, the Red Sox pitching didn’t carry their weight. Matt Barnes came in the eighth up a run…and left with the Red Sox down two after an Aaron Judge homerun broke a 7-7 tie. The Red Sox would go scoreless in the top of the ninth and lose in a sweep to the New York Yankees. NOT GREAT!
Again, it is what it is at this point. The Red Sox are going to struggle all year long and that’s a fact. Let’s get to August 31st (hopefully) and be able to reset the luxury tax. Then next offseason, go out and get some actual pitchers for this entire staff. What you’re trotting out right now, excluding Nathan Eovaldi, is flat out horrible and unacceptable. Now, we have to go up against Tampa Bay who has a really solid pitching staff. This should be fun!
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-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793)
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