Boston, MA– At 2-8, the Boston Red Sox tied their worst ten-game start to a season in the history of the franchise before they concluded the road trip with a 1-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks to get back to 3-8 before heading home, with one win in each series on the road. It's safe to say that the team could not have been more excited for this gauntlet of a west coast road trip to finally conclude. The depressing stretch is finally (hopefully) over.
A couple silver linings are on the way, and much needed after the Red Sox blew Saturday's lead and ended up losing 5-4 to Arizona, though, even with the 1-0 victory on Sunday. For one, the team will be receiving their World Series championship rings in short order, giving us another opportunity to celebrate one of the best single team seasons in the history of the Red Sox and the history of baseball.
Another piece of good news is that a beloved face in Boston may be returning for the ceremony. The current expectation is that the heart of the team and former MVP, Dustin Pedroia, will make his return to game action on Tuesday for Boston's home opener after almost an entire year of absence. The 35-year-old second baseman has been rearing to go for some time and he might just be the difference maker that the team needs. In Greenville, Pedroia went 3-5 and is ready to finally come back.
The timing is also beneficial for the roster because Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt have been sharing duties in the infield, but the latter will be missing some time just as the Laser Show returns to the diamond.
Holt was added to the ten-day injured list after his son, Griff, poked him in the eye, which has impaired his vision. Holt acknowledged the absurdity of the injury, but also remarked that by trying to play through it, he was losing his ability to notice pitchers' spin on baseballs and it was negatively impacting the team. Holt should return soon, but in the meantime, it will be great to have Pedroia back.