Going into the season, we all knew it was going to be a struggle for the Red Sox. I mean, what do you expect? Losing your best player, your second best pitcher, and most importantly your manager in the span of one off-season is difficult to recover from. To be clear, I had no high hopes for the Sox coming into the season. However, when you’re playing the Orioles, who have been the worst team in baseball in the past years, you can only expect success no matter what your team is looking like.
It all started off great, Opening Day against Baltimore. The Red Sox won the first game to open up the season by a final of 13-2. Everything was going great, Nathan Eovaldi pitched a good game, newcomers Kevin Pillar and Jose Peraza combined for seven hits, J.D. Martinez and Jackie Bradley Jr. both had three hits. Also, the highly flawed bullpen was decent for Boston. Austin Brice and Phillips Valdez combined for three innings and only allowed one hit. However, none of this carried into the next game.
From the first inning on, the Orioles dominated. Martin Perez, who made his Red Sox debut, went five innings while allowing six hits and four earned runs. Although nothing was really going too well for Boston, it was great to see Alex Verdugo makes his debut, as he was the key piece in the Mookie Betts trade. He tallied a team-high three hits in his first game for the Sox. Martinez and Bradley Jr. Each had two hits. Other than that, there were not many positives.
For the third and final game of the series, Ryan Weber made his first start of the season. Again, the Sox got in some early trouble allowing two runs in the first inning, putting them in an early hole. Although the Red Sox picked up a run in the second courtesy of a Christian Vazquez home run, Baltimore picked up four more runs over the next two innings. Boston then went on to pick up three runs in the fifth and sixth inning, cutting the deficit to two runs, but the Orioles scored again at the top of the ninth ultimately sealing the game.
Again, I’m not expecting much from the Red Sox this year, but any series against the Orioles are must-win games if they want any chance of playing post-season ball. The Red Sox will now host the Mets for a three-game series starting tomorrow.
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