The red SOx and blue jays played 4 1/2 innings before rain started falling on Fenway Park and the team decided to cancel the final exhibition game of the preseason.
Officially, the game will be scrapped, but the SOx were 2-0 down at the time of cancellation, the track is coming off a monster Junior is controlled by Vladimir Guerrero, who pitched a hanging curve from Brian Johnson over everything in left field.
Here are three results of the game:
1. Summer camp flew by.
Here it is, folks. Summer camp ended. The red SOx on Thursday with additional training in Fenway Park where the SOx must submit their official 30-man roster by noon. Those 60-man players who don’t make the roster can still be added at another time and will continue to work on McCoy stadium in Pawtucket to be on their guard if necessary.
The first two weeks of camp are focused on safety, so many concerns about the tests of the syndrome and delay in the results, making players feel insecure, it took some time to actually start to notice baseball is played.
But after three weeks, the SOx starting to think that this season might work.
“I do,” said Mitch Moreland. “Obviously, we learned a lot. I’ve dropped the ball many times (instead of having to get a new ball when someone touches him), and (Roenicke) yelling at me there. It was little things like that we are trying to learn how to do it, how not to do it. We have to put towels on the rails, the little things.
“I mean, they put the places where we should sit. The staff did a great job actually to keep it as safe as possible. This unit was great. I think the challenge will be to go on the road, and everywhere will be different, so this will be a learning curve for us everywhere we go. But, could be worse. We could be in a situation Toronto.”
The SOx lost three key left-hander in coronavirus — Eduardo Rodriguez, Darwinzon Hernandez and Josh Taylor — all experience fatigue and brought along very slowly in order to combat this, Manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday.
Without their three best left-handers, it will be difficult for the “Red SOx” to compete in this season. But they are pleased with how the camp went and were lucky that their players have come through it healthy, with only cases, the coronavirus of the original cases that were seen before they joined the team for training.
“You always have questions about how you have done enough to make sure the guys are ready,” said Roenicke. “What happens when you have your six weeks of regular spring training, some people think that you’re in pain all the time… it seems that every year one of our starters gets hurt or something happens and you have to figure out in short time how to get them ready. That’s what we should do with the whole team. I think we’re in a good place.”
2. RSP Zack Godley looks sharp.
The signing of the contract immediately before the camp ended, Godley, expected to be a pilot, who potentially could help the SOx with their pitching depth problems. But at the beginning of the ruler hard jays on Wednesday, he needed just 35 pitches to get through three transfer innings of work.
He doesn’t throw very hard, but his 89-91 mph sinker was on par with what he left Arizona two years ago, when he won 15 games with a 4.74 era. He didn’t expect the Savior of the staff, but at this point the SOx are just happy to have a healthy pitcher who can throw strikes and make outs.
“He’s got the real thing,” said Roenicke. “His speed. He has a great shot. It’s just about him to throw strikes and be in the zone.”
They seem content with questionable pitching staff that lacks top-end weapon, because the offense is expected to be so dynamic.
Even without flour Betts, who signed a long-term extension with the Dodgers, and received a lot of messages from his old friends at the “Red SOx”, the offense is loaded with talent.
“I think it’s pretty ready to start and play some games that count and have meaning,” said Moreland. “We are looking forward to obtain there and right.”
3. Advanced off can make matches of the SOx-jays means a lot.
Although the blue jays still don’t know where they will play their home games (they are scheduled to play their home opener next Wednesday), they should have some good games with “Red SOx” this year.
The two teams match up and will rely on their young hitters to carry the pitching staff, which should be just fine.
But they got good news on Wednesday when the MLB network, Jon Heyman reported that MLB is still trying to expand the playoff pool from 10 to 16 teams this season.
With this season officially kicks off on Thursday, there is not much time to finalize the plan, but expanding the playoffs would give the red SOx a much better chance of playing games in October this year. Jays are also a team on the bubble of the playoffs and will play the SOx 10 times this season.
“If you go 30-30 I think you have a chance to hit,” said Roenicke. “Maybe you shouldn’t have that great start. If there are a couple of teams in the playoffs, obviously, if you can play .500 ball, you have a good chance to get into the playoffs. I don’t want to try to play .500 ball. I don’t think anyone does. But you know, you have a better chance if it will happen.”