It’s been a brutal and long road trip for the Red Sox (2-6) with three more in Arizona (3-4) to complete their 11-game journey before getting to finally celebrate their World Series Championship with their home fans.
The champions can’t get home fast enough after taking their lumps through their first eight games, going 2-6 after stops in Seattle and Oakland. Their starting pitching has failed them. Their offense, showing flashes, have been too hot and cold.
Friday marks the season home opener for the Diamondbacks, featuring two pitchers that get roughed up in their first start this year. Boston sends out Rick Porcello who was rocked for nine runs, though only four earned, in less than three innings of action against the Mariners. Likewise, for Arizona’s Zack Godley, the Dodgers beat him up pretty badly with the game taking a turn for the worse after committing a throwing error in the third inning, giving up seven earned runs in just 5 1/3 innings.
Game two pitchers fared slightly better. David Price takes the mound for the Sox after striking out nine over six innings. His quality start was ruined after getting tagged for a two-run home run by Chad Pinder in his final inning of action before handing it over to the pen and taking the loss. He faces Luke Weaver who did better with his bat than on the mound, hitting his first career home run. Weaver he gave up four runs on the mound while only lasting 4 1/3 frames.
The Red Sox have not announced a starting pitcher in the finale yet, though Chris Sale is set to start their home opener on Monday against the Blue Jays. Arizona will trot out Merrill Kelly, making only his second career start after four years over in Korea. He earned a victory in his major league debut over the San Diego Padres with a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings.
It just hasn’t clicked yet for the Champion Red Sox and it could be a long weekend before they return home to Boston. If their bats come to life against a hittable Arizona staff, they have the opportunity to head home with a little bit of momentum.