The Red Sox have started the season playing .500 baseball with a record of 7-7. However, there has been an unfortunate Covid breakout among the team, as both catchers Kevin Plawecki and Christian Vazquez have tested positive, and manager Alex Cora has as well. The offense has not been to the standard most fans expected after the signing of Trevor Story. Stars such as Trevor Story, Kíke Hernandez, and J.D. Martinez will need to snap out of their slumps if the Red Sox are to score more in 2022.
Another struggle is the starting pitchers. Nick Pivetta and Rich Hill have both gotten beaten up by opposing offenses in recent starts and have yet to make it more than a few innings into any of their outings on the mound. However, there have been a few pleasant surprises so far. Starting pitcher Michael Wacha has been dominant in his last two starts posting a 1.88 ERA with 12 strikeouts. He has been a solid free-agent addition and could be a factor in the starting rotation. The bullpen has unexpectedly been dominant this season. Pitchers such as Garrett Whitlock, Jake Diekman, and Matt Strahm have performed above early expectations.
The Red Sox have a tough remaining schedule for April with exclusively road games left, so that it will be a difficult rest of the month. Hopefully, the bats can pick it up, and the Sox will be in a better spot in the standings by the end of the month.