We know that the Red Sox did not get off to the start they were hoping for in this ALDS against the Rays. Boston struggled to get that last hit they needed in every rally, utimately getting shut out by Tampa Bay despite a ton of hard-hit balls and finishing the game with no hits. They also got a rough performance from Eduardo Rodriguez, and a good one from Nick Pivetta in terms of innings, though one that also included a pair of homers. Oh, and Randy Aroazarena stole home, which isn’t ideal.
But that being said, they are on the road to start a playoff series, and the goal is just to take one. They can still do that, and that’s what I want to know about from you all today. Where does this series go from here? Does Chris Sale come through and lead them to a Game Two victory? Do either J.D. Martinez or Rafael Devers have a Kirk Gibson moment? Do the Rays just take over and sweep? Does the series shift at Fenway? Make me less anxious by letting me know what happens before the games actually get going again.