Boston Red Sox roster and schedule for 2020 season

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The 2020 MLB season is now a 60-game dash, starting on July 23 and ending, hopefully, with a full-size postseason in October. Between now and the start of the season, we’ll be giving quick capsule previews of each team, reminding you of where things stood back in Spring Training and where they stand now as we embark on what is sure to be the strangest season in baseball history. Next up: The Boston Red Sox roster and schedule:

RED SOX ROSTER (projected) 

When the season opens on July 23-24, teams can sport rosters of up to 30 players, with a minimum of 25. Two weeks later, rosters must be reduced to 28 and then, two weeks after that, they must be reduced to 26. Teams will be permitted to add a 27th player for doubleheaders.

In light of that, there is a great degree of latitude for which specific players will break summer camp. For now, though, here are who we expect to be on the Red Sox roster to begin the season:

Catchers

Christian Vázquez
Kevin Plawecki
Jonathan Lucroy.

Infielders:

Xander Bogaerts
Rafael Devers
Mitch Moreland
José Peraza
Michael Chavis
Jonathan Araúz
Tzu-Wei Lin.

Outfielders

Andrew Benintendi
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Alex Verdugo
Kevin Pillar
J.D. Martinez.

Starters

Nathan Eovaldi
Martín Pérez
Ryan Weber
Brian Johnson

Relievers

Brandon Workman
Chris Mazza
Matt Hall
Matt Barnes
Marcus Walden
Colten Brewer
Austin Brice
Heath Hembree
Josh Osich
Jeffrey Springs
Ryan Brasier.


BREAKDOWN:

Given the massive upheaval of the past several months you’ll be forgiven if you forgot just how thoroughly different the Red Sox are now than they were at the end of last season. Mookie Betts and David Price have been traded to the Dodgers. Rick Porcello signed with the Mets. Chris Sale has been shelved for Tommy John Surgery. The Red Sox, despite being one of the richest franchises in all of professional sports, decided that getting under the Competitive Balance Tax threshold was more important than fielding the best team they possibly can, so here they are.

The offense should still be strong — Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers and a solid supporting cast will keep them more than respectable at the plate — but the pitching is in disarray. And that’s before putative ace Eduardo Rodríguez’s positive COVID-19 test keeping him away from camp and almost certainly delaying the beginning of his season. He’ll likely be back eventually but for now Eovaldi will be the ace. He was supposed to be the team’s third or fourth starter at best. So, yeah. Last night we learned that the Sox are nearing an agreement with former Tigers pitcher Zack Godley. It’s unclear where he’ll fit in all of this but he could be another potential starting arm. God knows they could use one.

Will the bullpen save them? Hard to see how. It was not, by any stretch of the imagination, a team strength last year apart from some good work by Brandon Workman. He’ll be back and, at some point, Colin McHugh should be around to contribute, for now the Sox seem content to hope that the guys who didn’t do great last year turn it around this year. That can work with bullpens — relief arms have a funny way of turning things around or cratering pretty quickly — but it’s not like you can be super confident in this crew.

Overall: a lot of offense. A lot of runs allowed. In a very tough AL East and with interleague games against a couple of tough NL East lineups, it could be a long short year for the Red Sox.

 

RED SOX SCHEDULE:

Every team will play 60 games. Teams will be playing 40 games against their own division rivals and 20 interleague games against the corresponding geographic division from the other league. Six of the 20 interleague games will be “rivalry” games.

Red Sox home stands will be July 24-28 (Orioles, Mets), August 7-13 (Blue Jays, Rays), August 18-19 (Phillies), August 28-September 6 (Nationals, Braves, Blue Jays), and September 18-24 (Yankees, Orioles).

The entire Red Sox roster and schedule can be seen here.

Phillies down Astros for 1st playoff berth since 2011

Philadelphia Phillies v Houston Astros
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HOUSTON – Aaron Nola took a perfect game into the seventh inning and Kyle Schwarber homered twice as the Philadelphia Phillies clinched their first playoff berth in 11 years with a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

After Brandon Marsh caught Mauricio Dubon’s fly ball in center for for the game’s final out, players jumped and cheered in jubilation before meeting at the mound where they hugged and bounced around some more.

The video board at Minute Maid Park displayed the team’s logo and the words: “Congratulations Philadelphia” as the Phillies celebrated.

A small but vocal group of Philadelphia fans congregated near the team’s dugout and chanted: “Let’s go Phillies,” in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Phillies clinched at the same ballpark where they secured their last postseason trip on Sept. 14, 2011. That game was a 1-0 victory over the Astros highlighted by a complete game shutout by Hall of Famer Roy Halladay.

Philadelphia’s postseason drought was the longest active one in the majors after the Seattle Mariners clinched their first playoff berth in 21 years Friday night.

The Phillies entered the opener of the final regular season series of the year needing a win or a loss by the Brewers to get a National League Wild Card spot. The Brewers rallied to beat the Diamondbacks 6-5 in 10 innings a few minutes before Philadelphia wrapped up the victory.

Nola (11-13) struck out nine and didn’t allow a baserunner until Yordan Alvarez singled with two outs in the seventh. David Hensley followed with a single and Nola was replaced by Jose Alvarado, who struck out Kyle Tucker to end the inning.

Zach Eflin pitched a scoreless ninth to complete the shutout and get his first save in 11 years of pro ball.

Schwarber got things going for the Phillies in their first visit to Houston since Sept. 16, 2012, with a leadoff homer off Lance McCullers (4-2)

Philadelphia added some insurance when Bryson Stott and Schwarber hit back-to-back solo shots off Jose Urquidy to start the eighth inning.

It is the eighth multi-home run game this season for Schwarber, who leads the NL with a career-high 46 home runs, and gives him 199 homers in his career.

The Phillies have three players who will appear in the postseason for the first time after playing more than 600 career games. Jean Segura leads the group with 1,327, J.T. Realmuto has 1,004 and Rhys Hoskins is at 666.

McCullers allowed six hits and one run with five strikeouts in six innings.

Manager Dusty Baker replaced Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Jeremy Pena with Aledmys Diaz, Dubon and Hensley for the seventh inning.

He said before the game that he planned to get some of his starters out early to rest since Houston has already clinched the best record in the American League.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: LHP Brad Hand (elbow tendinitis) threw a bullpen session Monday in Houston and could throw live batting practice Wednesday. If that goes well, he could be ready to return for the postseason.

UP NEXT

Houston Justin Verlander, whose 1.80 ERA leads the majors, will try for his 18th win when the series continues Tuesday against Ranger Suarez (10-6, 3.37).