Red Sox Fall to Yankees, Slow Start to 2022 Season

This week the Boston Red Sox returned to the diamond to begin the 2022 season against the New York Yankees. After a postponed Opening Day due to the MLB Lockout, teams all around the league wrapped up Spring Training and got ready to begin this season.

The Red Sox’s first series of 2022 reignited the rivalry with the Yankees as they lost the series two games to one. In the Opening Day game, the Sox lost to the Yankees in extra innings. They also lost the second game but avoided a sweep in Game 3. With a home run by Bobby Dalbec to give the Sox the go-ahead run, Boston was able to gain the lead and hang on to it for a win over New York to end the series.

Pitching is far and away from the most pressing matter for the Red Sox, both during Spring Training and into the regular season. Boston has no reliable closer on the roster, and even their starting rotation became concerning the past few weeks.

The addition of shortstop Trevor Story is a much-welcomed addition to the team, although. The All-Star began his MLB career with the Colorado Rockies in 2016 before signing a six-year, $140 million contract with the Red Sox.
With great defensive agility, Story will hopefully provide a lot of support for the Red Sox in the increasingly competitive American League East division. For now, longtime Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts will remain at the position and Story will take over at second base.

Story, however, only played in two games in the series against the Yankees. Currently, he is out due to a non-COVID-related illness. He is expected to make the trip to Detroit for Boston’s current series against the Tigers, but it is unclear when he will get playing time next.

While the first series of a season should not be taken as an indication of how an entire 162-game season will go, there are concerns for this team going forward. Matt Barnes has not been a reliable closer since the 2021 All-Star Game.

The Sox narrowly avoided beginning the season getting swept like they did to begin the 2021 season. If there’s anything to be hopeful about, Boston has undoubtedly gotten off to a better start than last season, and last season ended in a legitimate postseason run that almost ended in making it to the World Series. It’s not time to sound the alarms just yet.

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