Red Sox Struggle Through First Month Of The Season

April is nearly in the books and the Boston Red Sox are sitting at 7-11 and already five games back out of first place in the competitive AL East. We can learn more about MLB once there are at least 30 games into a season, and not just 18. However, the early start to Boston's season has been basically a disaster.

The Red Sox have only won one a single series to date and that was their first road trip to face off against the Detroit Tigers. This upcoming week won’t get any easier. The trip to face the Blue Jays in Toronto has been on the calendar for some tie, not only because they are a tough division opponent, but because the Red Sox will be leaving a few unvaccinated players behind. Remember, those who don't have the COVID-19 vaccination are unable to travel to Canada.

"We’ve known for a while and identified this series a little while ago about how we were going to (map) it out," pitching coach Dave Bush said late last week. "You never plan too far in advance because it only takes a rainout or more COVID cases and the plans are different it’s the cards we’re dealt with right now and we’ll have a plan going forward."

Tanner Houck is the only active player on the team who has said that he is unvaccinated, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora said last week there are others who won’t make the Toronto trip, so putting two and two together is not hard. The core of the lineup is expected to make this trip, as is the rest of the rotation outside of Houck. There are questions in the bullpen, however, with Garrett Whitlock, Matt Barnes, Hirokazu Sawamura and Ryan Brasier the only relievers who have said they are vaccinated.

Lineup Change Not Going So Well

The Red Sox have not fared up North as they already lost the first two against the Blue Jays. Even with a lineup change the team did not hit the ball well at all.

They put Trevor Story in the leadoff spot after a day off, Alex Verdugo was slotted second and then Designated hitter J.D. Martinez moves up one spot to bat fourth, behind shortstop Xander Bogaerts. That didn't provide much offense as just five runs and allowed six in the extra innings loss; outside of Bogaerts who was 3 for 5 with a pair of runs.

This game went into the 10th and the offense was moving as Manfred moved a runner over to third base with one out, but Bogaerts was not so lucky as he hit a line drive back up the middle was stopped by the pitcher, and then JD Martinez struck out to give the Blue Jays a chance win in the bottom half.

Boston started that next inning with an intentional walk, and then Barnes issued a walk to Alejandro Kirk. He did then strikeout before Will Venable and then turned to Matt Strahm to get out of a bases loaded situation with just one out. He couldn’t find a great pitch for Tapia, who finally got a fly ball out to left field, bringing home the winning run and punching the Red Sox in the gut.

There is one more game in Toronto but the way the Red Sox have been playing, being in late April means this game should not be seen as a must win but Boston is on a four-game losing streak it sure does seem like they need to get this road win against Toronto.