Finally 2020 Season:
The baseball season will begin in two weeks. Boston has been having inter-squad games in order to get ready for the season. Major League Baseball has been having ongoing testing for COVID-19 for players and staff. The 2020 season will have a different feel because no fans will be allowed to start the season. Stadiums have been testing and implementing crowd noise to feel like their is fans at the games.
2020 Boston Red Sox Schedule:
The Red Sox will open their 2020 MLB campaign against the Baltimore Orioles on July 24th at Fenway Park. The schedule will feature 40 divisional games, with 20 games against National League East opponents. The season will consist of 60 games this season. MLB has set up the schedule to decrease travel due to the pandemic and help stop the spread of the virus.
The season expectations are not so high for the Boston Red Sox. Analysts and experts are saying that Boston is an underdog for this upcoming season. It starts with the pitching staff. Eduardo Rodriguez has Covid-19 and is still in Florida. That leaves Nathan Eovaldi to lead the pitching staff. Ace Chris Sale had Tommy John surgery back in March and will be out until the 2021 season. The Red Sox will rely on a staff that has some experience, only having three starters (Martin Perez being the third) and having to find fourth and fifth starters. The names that come to mind to finish out the rotation are Brian Johnson and Ryan Weber. Brian Johnson has been given chances in recent seasons to perform at the Major League level, but it hasn’t panned out well. On the other hand the journeyman Ryan Weber has been around a few organizations and hasn’t been reliable throughout his career. It should be an interesting last couple of weeks to see how the rotation will look come opening day.
Meanwhile the bullpen also has some question marks. Marcus Walden and Heath Hembree will be the candidates for middle relief, while Ryan Brasier and Josh Taylor will assists in relief as well. Matt Barnes is your 8th inning set up man. Brandon Workman is your closer to start the year.
The Red Sox have a dangerous 1-4 combination:
This is the heart of Boston’s lineup. Andrew Benintendi is a great leadoff hitter. Rafael Devers is great in the second spot because he provides power and will produce RBI’s. Xander batting in the third spot is great because he is a run producer and comes up big in clutch moments. J.D. Martinez is a solid clean up hitter that will get runs across and help your team out in tough situations. Most runs will be produced from these four men. Boston still has Michael Chavis, who did extremely well last year and I could see his production increasing in year two.
Another bat is Mitch Moreland off the bench. He provides the spark that the Red Sox could use throughout the season. Christian Vazquez had a good 2019 campaign, a career year with 23 HR’s and driving in 72 RBI’s. Offensively this team is built to do damage and compete in the division.
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