The 60 Game Schedule

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The Major League Baseball season is a long, arduous marathon, but this year it will be more like a sprint.  In a 60-game season literally every game counts for every team, and if you get off to a bad start your team could be finished two weeks into the season.  

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Last year the Red Sox were coming into the season as the defending World Series Champions.  The team was coming off an impressive 108 win campaign and rolled through the playoffs.  In 2019, the Red Sox dug themselves into a huge hole and never quite recovered, they would finish with 84 wins and ended up third in the division, 19 games behind the hated New York Yankees.  There were no playoff games at Fenway Park last season and no playoff games in Boston is a tragedy.  We now look to the 2020 Boston Red Sox to get back on track and into the playoffs under the leadership of Chaim Bloom and Ron Roenicke.

The Red Sox will begin the 2020 season on July 24 at Fenway Park against the Baltimore Orioles.  This three-game series will be the first baseball played in Boston in over a year and the baseball schedule maker did a favor for the Red Sox by scheduling the Orioles first.  In fact the Red Sox play the Orioles 10 times in 2020, and if they don’t come out with at least eight wins in that series it’ll be a bad look for the Sox. 


The Red Sox will also play the New York Yankees 10 times this season - seven of those meetings will take place at Yankee Stadium.  Most Red Sox fans I have encountered on social media are not happy that the Sox have to play New York seven times in the Bronx.  It’s going to be ok Red Sox Nation, there will be no fans in attendance so really playing on the road is somewhat irrelevant this season.


In fact Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts agrees.  He went on to say about the MLB schedule this season, “I don’t think home-field advantage might be that big of a deal as it would have been with fans.  It’s 60 games, man, and whoever gets hot for those 60 games ... it’s going to be huge.” 


The Red Sox need to focus on getting off to a hot start and not dig themselves into a hole to begin the season.  A sense of urgency will be the key factor in a shortened season, and maybe in a year where fans want to throw an asterisk on the World Series Championship, maybe this year could be different because the lack of games that will be played. 


Bogaerts doesn’t want to see the team put pressure on themselves and called this group of Red Sox players underdogs.  “With the lineup that we have and the team that we have, the roster that we have, I don’t even understand how we’re that much of an underdog. Because on paper we’re pretty solid. It’s just going to be up to us, man” added Bogaerts on the Zoom media call with Red Sox beat reporters.


The one wrinkle the season schedule will have for the Red Sox will be the new 7:30 start time for the games versus the normal 7:10 start times at Fenway Park.  It would have been nice to keep it at 7:10 so games could be done around 10 or so, but now we’ll be forced to stay up later to get our Red Sox fix.  Honestly I am fine with it overall.  The masses are complaining over the time and citing children won’t benefit.  Children aren’t in school and most people are still out of work.  I personally wouldn’t have minded from a few summer Red Sox matinee games, but that isn’t in the cards for us this season.


Red Sox Nation, we have baseball coming and really soon, unless 2020 decides to throw us another curveball and baseball is cancelled due to more players testing positive for COVID-19.  At least we get to avoid singing Sweet Caroline in the 8th inning at Fenway Park this season, there’s always a silver lining to everything.  The Red Sox will win 38 games this season and get into the playoffs, mark it down folks.


   


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