Red Sox News: 6 highlights from 2022 regular season schedule

July 04, 2010; Boston, MA, USA; A general view as a large American flag hangs over the green monster before the start of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
July 04, 2010; Boston, MA, USA; A general view as a large American flag hangs over the green monster before the start of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports /
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July 04, 2010; Boston, MA, USA; A general view as a large American flag hangs over the green monster before the start of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
July 04, 2010; Boston, MA, USA; A general view as a large American flag hangs over the green monster before the start of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports /

Red Sox Opening Day

The MLB season gets underway with all 30 teams in action on March 31st. 11 of the 15 games will match up two teams from the same division, including the opening series for the Red Sox. Boston will play host to Tampa Bay in their opening weekend series at Fenway.

This marks the third consecutive season the Red Sox open the regular season at home against a divisional opponent. For the last two seasons, Boston squared off against Baltimore on Opening Day. In 2020, they smashed the O’s 13-2 in what would be one of the lone highlights of that dismal season. In 2021, they got swept by Baltimore before turning it around and becoming one of the best teams in all of baseball.

Maybe the key to a successful season is an Opening Day loss? Maybe one game sample sizes shouldn’t be used to predict the outcome of a 162-game season? Either way it’s better than that disastrous road trip the Red Sox opened the season with in 2019. I’ll take a home opener over an 11-game west coast slog any time.