2020 was a mess for a lot of reasons. Obviously with the COVID-19 pandemic, the season consisted of just 60 games and there were no fans in the stands. Watching games was not as much fun without the energy of the crowds. Of course the biggest issue was that prior to the season, the Red Sox traded superstar Mookie Betts to the Dodgers. Without their biggest star of the last several seasons and missing both Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez, due to health issues, and a managerial change due to Alex Cora being suspended for his pat in the Astros sign-stealing scandal, the team played poorly. Ron Roenicke stepped in and did the best he could, but this was a rough roster.
FIVE FAVORITE PLAYERS
Shortstop Bogaerts stepped in to Mookie Betts's shoes as the leader of the team in 2020. He tied for the team lead in home runs (eleven), doubles (36) and led the team in stolen bases (eight). Bogaerts hit .300/.364/.502 and had the highest OPS (.867) and OPS+ (131) on the team. His defense was still somewhat suspect, but he is one of the best-hitting shortstops in the league.
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FAVORITE MID-SEASON ACQUISITION
Not a lot of choices here. I suppose I could have gone with Christian Arroyo, but he was not quite as impressive. Pivetta was acquired in the Phillies trade for Heath Hembree and Brandon Workman, but was not the primary part of the deal. He made two starts at the end of the season, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in ten innings pitched. He notched 13 strikeouts while walking five.
With a pitching motion that looked like a right-handed Chris Sale, and some electrifying stuff, Houck made a big impact when he made his Major League debut. Houck started three games at the end of the season, throwing 17 innings. He had a 3-0 record, striking out 21 and walking nine batters. The former first-round pick was a big boost to the depleted rotation.
Martinez had a really rough season in 2020 after two great seasons as the Red Sox designated hitter. Part of the issue was the inability to review his at-bats in-game as the sport cut down on video review. Martinez hit just seven home runs with a line of .213/.291/.389. He had 22 runs scored, 45 hits, 16 doubles and 27 RBI.
In what turned out to be his final season in Boston, Benintendi started the season as the leadoff hitter, made it into 14 games, and then was injured and missed the rest of the year. When he was healthy, he was bad. Benintendi ended his final season in Boston hitting just .103/.314/.128 with four hits, four runs scored, one double, one RBI and one stolen base.