Baseball is back, and so are the Red Sox. After starting the season by losing a series to the lowly Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox looked to get their season back on track in a four game series against the New York Mets, followed by starting a series with their heated rivals, the New York Yankees.

July 27th: New York Mets 7, Boston Red Sox 4

Red Sox Notable Performances:

Mitch Moreland: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI

Xander Bogaerts: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI

Josh Osich: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 RA, 1 BB, 1 K

Mets Notable Performances:

Pete Alonso: 1-5, HR, 2 RBI

Michael Conforto: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI

Domonic Smith: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI

Michael Wacha: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 RA, 1 BB, 4 K

To start their week, the Red Sox played the first of a four game series against the New York Mets. The Red Sox went with an opener rather than a traditional starting pitcher for this game, with Josh Osich on the mound. He took the loss, but it was not him who blew the game open on the mound. Jeffrey Springs pitched only an inning and a third, but gave up five runs. Homers from Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and Domonic Smith were all it took for the Mets to build up enough of a lead for the Mets to win. Also in this game, Rafael Devers committed his third error of the early season, Andrew Benintendi got his first hit of the season, bringing his batting average to .071 and Zack Godley made his Red Sox debut, pitching 4 innings, striking out 7 and giving up no runs.

July 28th: New York Mets 8, Boston Red Sox 3

Red Sox Notable Performances:

Kevin Pillar: 3-4, RBI

Rafael Devers: 2-4

Matt Hall: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 RA, 2 BB, 2 K

Mets Notable Performances:

J.D. Davis: 2-3, HR, 2 RBI

Jeff McNeil: 2-5, 2 RBI

Ahmed Rosario: 1-5, 2 RBI

David Peterson: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 RA, 2 BB, 3 K

The next day brought more of the same for the Red Sox. Manager Ron Roenicke seems to be looking into who may be a good opener, as he went with Matt Hall to open up the game. He was one of three Red Sox pitchers to give up multiple runs on this day, as Austin Brice also gave up two runs and Ryan Brasier gave up three. Both sides finished with 10 hits, but the Mets were more efficient driving them in, as they went 4-13 with runners in scoring position as compared to the Red Sox, who went 2-10.

July 29th: Boston Red Sox 6, New York Mets 5

Red Sox Notable Performances:

Christian Vazquez: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI

Mitch Moreland: 2-4, 2 RBI

Nathan Eovaldi: 5 IP, 8 H, 2 RA, 1 BB, 4 K

Mets Notable Performances:

Yoenis Cespedes: 2-5 HR, RBI

Brandon Nimmo: 1-4 HR, RBI

Jacob deGrom: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 RA, 1 BB, 4 K

Wednesday’s game offered a change in scenery, switching from Fenway Park to Citi Field, as well as bringing one of the game’s best starters to the hill. The Red Sox faced off against last year’s NL Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom, and were able to get to him a tiny bit. They were only able to get on base four times against him, but when they did, they were able to scrape together two runs. The Sox did the majority of their damage against reliever Justin Wilson, who gave up three runs on three hits and three walks. Brandon Workman came on for the ninth and was a little shaky, but eventually was able to shut the door to collect his first save of the season and stop the Red Sox losing streak.

July 30th: Boston Red Sox 4, New York Mets 2

Red Sox Notable Performances:

Christian Vazquez: 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Jose Peraza: 1-4, RBI

Martin Perez: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 RA, 4 BB, 5 K

Mets Notable Performances:

Jeff McNeil: 2-4 2 RBI

Steven Matz: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 RA, 2 BB, 3 K

Boston was able to pull out a tie in the 4 game series, as Christian Vazquez put the team on his back, driving in more runs by himself with two home runs than the Mets were able to score as a team. Martin Perez earned his first win in a Red Sox uniform, though he did not pitch fantastically. Not a lot of hits given up, but the Red Sox would definitely like to see less walks in the future. Brandon Workman also earned his second save of the season, in a much better performance than the day before.

July 31st: New York Yankees 5, Boston Red Sox 1

Red Sox Notable Performances:

Michael Chavis: 1-3, HR, RBI

Xander Bogaerts: 2-3

Ryan Weber: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 RA, 4 BB

Yankees Notable Performances:

Aaron Judge: 1-5, HR, 2 RBI

Brett Gardner: 1-2, HR, 2 RBI

Gio Urshela: 2-4, HR, RBI

Jordan Montgomery: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 RA, 1 BB, 4 K

Baseball’s two most heated rivals met for the first time this season on Friday, and the Red Sox were not up for the challenge. Jordan Montgomery and the Yankees bullpen did a good job of keeping the Red Sox out of the run column, as well as the hits column for that matter, as the Red Sox only finished with five hits. The Bronx Bombers also lived up to their nickname, as Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Gio Urshela all went deep for the Yankees. Though, the Red Sox did have one bright spot. Phillips Valdez pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief, continuing his good start to the season. If he can keep it up, the Red Sox may have another solid bullpen piece.

Notable Transactions:

Claimed LHP Stephen Gonsalves off waivers from the Mets

Claimed RHP Robert Stock off waivers from the Phillies

Designated C Jonathan Lucroy for assignment

Player of the Week: C Christian Vazquez

Christian Vazquez performed above and beyond for the Red Sox this week, going 4-16 with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs. He also won the Red Sox two games by being their best run producer. Vazquez is slowly but surely escalating the MLB ranks and becoming one of the league’s best catchers, as his hitting has improved dramatically over the last two seasons in addition to his already superb fielding ability.

Underperformer of the Week: DH J.D. Martinez

For somebody who’s sole job is to hit, J.D. Martinez did not do his job very well this week. Martinez went 2-19, with no home runs or RBIs. Knowing Martinez, though, it would not be very surprising if he got himself back on track next week, as he is an excellent hitter.

Overall, the Red Sox went 2-3 this week. They will continue their current series with the Yankees over the weekend, follow up with a two game series against the Tampa Bay Rays and then start a three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.