After winning the World Series in 2013, the Red Sox unexpectedly stumbled a season ago, thanks in large part to injuries and inconsistency. As a result, they wound up an unpleasant 71-91 for the campaign, and finished in last place in the competitive AL East for the second time in three years, a feat they had not accomplished since the early-90s.
With a little reshuffling and a few major offseason additions, however, Boston appears poised to return to their usual success, with 2015 nearing its long-awaited starting point. The Red Sox hauled in two of the biggest free agent prizes any team could get, nabbing shortstop Hanley Ramirez and third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who was a hero from last year’s World Series for the Giants. Those two, combined with the likes of mainstays David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia, will help propel what should be a pretty intimidating offense.
Boston also went out an acquired some help for its starting pitching, garnering Rick Porcello and Wade Miley through separate trades, and signed free agent Justin Masterson. While the rotation will have some question marks going into the season, this is still a group overall that potentially has a high ceiling, and with an offense expected to produce considerably, there’s a lot of optimism surrounding the Red Sox entering the upcoming slate.
As a result, Red Sox tickets for the home opener at storied Fenway Park against the Washington Nationals are such a hot and desired item. In fact, according to Razorgator, the average price for the first game has settled in around $239, with the get-in price being as high as $89. It shouldn’t be much of a shock, though, given the prestige of the Red Sox franchise and the title hopes that potentially await them.
Plus, the matchup is a very enticing one, as they open up against a team that is actually considered one of the strong favorites to win the National League pennant. The Nationals arguably have the best rotation in all of baseball after signing former Tiger Max Scherzer, who joins Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, and Gio Gonzalez to comprise one of the more dangerous pitching staffs we’ve seen in years. Still also having Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond, and Jayson Werth on offense, there’s certainly enough firepower as well to compete with most offenses. Tickets will continue to be sought after at a high rate as this battle of behemoths kicks off what should be a very exciting 2015 for both clubs.