Boston Red Sox fans can take a deep breath knowing that it’s still early in the season. After six games of regular season action, the Red Sox are 1-5 on the year.
As they prepare for tonight’s third game against the Oakland Athletics in a four-game set, the Red Sox can only hope they can muster some runs across the plate. In their past two games, the Red Sox have been shutout 7-0 and 1-0.
Even in games where the Red Sox put up 8 runs on the board, they have found ways to lose baseball games. Could the Opening Series in Japan have something to do with Boston’s opening week struggles?
Currently, in their 6 games played, all 6 have come against the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics – both of those teams started the year overseas in Japan. Could playing earlier really have made such a difference to open the year?
It may not matter a week from now and certainly a month from now, but the overseas trip may have helped the Mariners and A’s start the regular season hot. Seattle are atop the division with a 7-1 record, while the Athletics are 5-3 this season.
Khris Davis and Matt Chapman have been bash brothers so far this season. Davis leads the team with 5 Home Runs, while Chapman has ht 3. In total, the two have 15 RBI on the season combined. Chapman also is hitting .345 on the year so far.
J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 9 hits. He is also the only Red Sox member with 2 home runs. As you’d expect, Martinez also leads the team in RBI with 7.
Nathan Eovaldi should get the start for Boston. Eovaldi didn’t have a great start in his last outing. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed six runs and three homers in the game, taking a no-decision.
The A’s will send Marco Estrada to the bump. Estrada is on the record saying he would like to pitch a nine-inning complete game. Estrada has started two games and is 0-0 in those games with a 1.45 ERA and 11 innings pitched.