Red Sox News: Series opener with White Sox postponed due to snow

Aug 1, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; A general view of the mound prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; A general view of the mound prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports /

Tonight’s  Red Sox vs. White Sox game has been postponed

The short road trip was set to be finished and the Red Sox were ready to battle their Windy City counterparts the Chicago White Sox. Unfortunately, the Sox Duel has been postponed thanks to a snowstorm that hit Boston. Granted it wasn’t a full-on blizzard but for being the middle of April, it was more than enough for the game to get pushed to another day.

We were supposed to get back to our more traditional dinner time first pitch this evening but that pesky spring weather just didn’t want to play along. Had the snow been closer to what we saw in Minnesota earlier this week I think they would’ve pushed through but it looks like a nice December weekend at Fenway Park today.

In order to make up the game, the Red Sox noted that a second game will be added to Sunday afternoon. The two were already set for a 1:10 pm game and now will see a second added for 5:10 pm. This will be Boston’s second double-header in less than a week and based on their history, I don’t think they’ll mind. They were able to sweep a mid-week double bill against the Twins and have the tools to do it again on Sunday. I don’t think fans will complain either as double-headers are only seven innings, which is pretty cool if you ask me.

Through the first two weeks of the season, the Red Sox find themselves sitting atop the AL East with a 9-4 record and a 3.0 game lead on second-place Toronto. The White Sox find themselves in a different position as they’re currently sitting in third place in the AL Central, 2.0 games back of Kansas City. If we know anything about this Southside Squad it’s that their offense and pitching can switch it on at any time and can easily take the AL Central when they want.

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This will throw a bit of a wrench in Alex Cora’s plans as he was able to maintain his rotation through the Minnesota double but was contemplating bringing in Tanner Houck to pitch tomorrow to give his guys a regular rest schedule. Now that he has to factor in a second double-header he may push a Houck promotion to Sunday where he can utilize the extra 27th man position.

Per Jenn McCaffrey of The Athletic and’s Christopher Smith, the Red Sox will push Nick Pivetta from tonight into tomorrow, will have Martín Pérez Sunday night, and Nathan Eovaldi Monday morning. Like I thought, the consensus seems that Houck will get that first game on Sunday to try and keep the starting rotation as close to normal as possible.

The Red Sox have rebounded in a major way since dropping three in a row to Baltimore to open 2021. Since that weekend, they rattled off nine straight wins until finally running into a Michael Pineda buzzsaw yesterday afternoon. Still, at 9-4, the team is rocking and has shown on more than one occasion that they’re can bounce back from any deficit as well as win in extras. We’re seeing a fight from this squad that we haven’t seen since 2018 and it’s awesome.

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We all get a night off now to prepare ourselves for what may be a tough weekend against a Chicago side that is poised to explode at any moment now. But the Red Sox are on a mission to prove to the baseball world that the team we watched over the last two seasons was an anomaly and not the new norm. With the bats getting white-hot and the pitchers keeping the opposition at bay I think we’re going to be in for a really fun series against the White Sox at Fenway Park.