If there’s one player who epitomizes the Red Sox disappointing start to the 2020 season, it’s Andrew Benintendi. Through the first 11 games of the season, Benintendi is hitting just 2-for-29 for a batting average of .069 with 12 strikeouts (good for 2nd on the team behind Rafael Devers) and 0 home runs. Benintendi is currently the Red Sox worst hitter and it’s not even close. In fact, Benintendi isn’t just the worst hitter on the Red Sox. He’s the worst hitter in baseball.
After 10 games of the abbreviated 2020 MLB season, it is apparent that the Red Sox as a whole are trending down. While it was presumed to be a tough season in Beantown after losing Alex Cora, trading Mookie Betts, and losing Chris Sale, most Red Sox fans did not expect things to be so bleak at the 10 game marker. With a 3-7 record early in a 60 game season, it is tough to believe that this season isn’t already lost, especially with how terrible the pitching staff has been. With that being said, there are still some very exciting players on the team who are worth monitoring.
Last night, the Bronx Bombers won their 18th straight game against the Baltimore Orioles when Aaron Judge blasted a 3-1 fastball off of Cole Sulser after being down 5-6 in the top of the ninth. Judge’s late homer helped the Yankees cover the -1.5 run line which was listed at -167 on DraftKings, according to the action network.com. Now while there is arguably no better feeling than falling asleep after cashing on a ninth inning cover, that was yesterday, and today we’re looking ahead to a highly anticipated series against the Boston Red Sox.
The New York Yankees will be the heavy favorites in the AL East after signing Gerrit Cole to a nine-year, $324 million deal in the winter. On the other end of the spectrum, the Red Sox lost their top four starters from last season. Ace Chris Sale is out for the year recovering from Tommy John surgery, their #2 starter David Price was traded to the Dodgers, Rick Porcello walked in free agency and Eduardo Rodriguez is now on the Injured List with COVID-19.
Martin Perez, the presumable second starter to open the season, took the bump on Wednesday for his intrasquad start and he said that “he felt strong” after his five innings of work. But it didn’t look that way, as he gave up five runs. In the first, he allowed a 2-RBI double to Jose Peraza after Christian Vasquez hit an RBI bloop single to center field.