Usually, the MLB season is spoken about as a grind, like a marathon. But the 2020 season is going to be a strange one for the Red Sox and every team. This season will be a full out 60-game sprint to the finish line for a championship opportunity. So it’s with that in mind that we present the three key series for the Boston Red Sox in 2020.
Key Series #1: 8 of 12 Games against Blue Jays at Fenway Park
The Boston Red Sox are going to face a tough challenge to head back to the World Series. However, the matchup that favors them is against the Blue Jays. Boston will play eight of their twelve games with Toronto at their home, Fenway Park. Teams usually perform better in their home parks, and the Red Sox are no exception. Then add in the fact that the Blue Jays are a young and unproven team, and Boston can try to capitalize on the home and home discrepancy.
Key Series #2: 5 Straight against Under .420 Teams to Open Season
The Red Sox will begin their 2020 campaign playing against the like of the aforementioned Toronto Blue Jays as well as the Baltimore Orioles. Starting the season with five games against two teams that finished 2019 with a winning percentage less than .420 is a distinct advantage over their most significant threats in the AL East. (Yankees, Rays.) Should the BoSox be able to start hot against these two squads, Boston can find themselves easily 5-0 to start the shortened season. And a 5-0 start in a 60 game season is monumental.
Key Series #3: Final Series against Atlanta Braves
The Red Sox close out the 2020 regular season with a three-game set against the Atlanta Braves. This three-game set represents the toughest matchup among the AL East teams. The Yankees will face the Marlins (57-105, 2019 record.) And the Rays will face the Phillies (81-81, 2019 record.) Atlanta finished 2019 with 97 victories, thirteen victories more than Boston in 2019. Closing the season on the road in Atlanta will present a challenge but not something insurmountable.
Final Thoughts on Red Sox 2020 Schedule
The Boston Red Sox will face difficult circumstances on their road to a World Series Championship in 2020. Boston is playing in arguably the toughest “conference” as the Eastern divisions have 7 of 10 teams that could be champions. (And honestly, Toronto could be a sleeper.) But even with tougher odds, the Red Sox could still make a run at the title in 2020. And these three series could hold their key.