It's not a good idea to read too much into any April baseball game, but the two games this week were fueled by arch rival New York Yankees and seem to have officially put the Boston Red Sox in a full blown crisis. The team's record dropped to 6-13 – for the second-worst defending champion since 1947 (only the Marlins of 1998) – and again landed in last place in the American League East.
"This is absolutely embarrassing for my family, for my team, for our fans," said Boston Sale Chris Sale to reporters after giving up four runs over five innings in an 8-0 loss on Tuesday. "That's about as bad as it gets. I have to beat myself better. "
" We do not play well anywhere, "added Dave Dombrowski, president of Red Sox baseball division. "Our starting distance was not very good, our defense was not very good, our shot was not as it would have been."
As Dombrowski suggests, Boston has honestly come to its terrific record: only the dreadful, rebuilt Miami Marlins (-49) have a worse running differential than the Red Sox -42 this season. Bad stretches can sometimes happen to good teams, but those that are so terrible did not often pass teams as good as Boston ̵
|Worst 19 matches|
|Season||Team||Preseason Elo rating||Siege|
|1977  Reds||1566||15||15|
|2019  Red Sox *||1562||6||13|
(The good news for the Red Sox?) These other teams averaged 94.3 victories per 162 games with the poor 19-game distance, and none won less than 87. But as well these 19 games were not the only evidence we had about the teams to start the season.)
It was always likely that the Red Sox had some – and maybe many – after last year's storybook season. Would accept regressions. But no one could have guessed that the wheels would fall off so quickly and thoroughly. According to Victories Over Replacement (WAR), last season's Red Sox (behind Astros and Yankees) is the third-best team in the MLB, the fourth-lowest team this year (ahead of the Orioles, Marlins and Rockies). In two categories in which the team was in the top six last season – batting and starting – Boston has dropped back into the bottom nine (including worst baseball performance), and the bullpen is also in the top five Sunk lower half of the league:
In the Bullpen, team Craig Kimbrel, who had taken up 1.8 WAR last season, has not r E -Signed (and is still a free agent). However, the history of the Red Sox of 2019 is largely dominated by the holdovers from last year's championship team – and most of them have fallen below the performance standards they set for themselves a season ago.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts has indeed played very well At the beginning of this season, starter David Price and first baseman Mitch Moreland were solid, and third baseman Rafael Devers improved the disappointing second season of last year. But those wins do not make up for the declines of Mookie Betts and JD Martinez. Replacement starts with Jackie Bradley Jr., Eduardo Nunez, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi and – most of the time – Sale.
|and in 2019||season 2019 ]] Players||Playing time||WAR / 162||Playing time||WAR / 162||WAR / 162 Diff.|
|Christian Vazquez||2.5||-0.3 Rafael Devers  4.5  +0.5||6.2||+2.5||+2.0|
|Matt Barnes||2.1||+1.2||2.3||+3.0  +1.9|
|Moreland||4.2  +0.8||5.3||+2.2||+1.4|
|Brandon Workman||1.2||+0.4||2.1||+1.4||Blake Swihart||1.9||-0.3||2.4||+0.6||+0.9  Hector Velazquez||2.2||+1.0||2.7||+1.8  +0.8|
|David Price||4.9||+3.4||5.2||+ 3.9||+0.5|
|Ryan Brasier||1.1||+1.1||2.8||2.8] +1.3||+0.2|
|Tzu-Wei Lin 19659096] 0.7||+ 0.0||0.1||-0.1||– 0.1|
|Heath Hembree||2.0||+0.3||2.4||+0.0 |
|Sandy Leon||2.7  + 0.0||0.2  -0.7||-0.7|
|Andrew Benintendi||6.1||+4.1||+2.8||+2.8  -1,3|
|Brian Johnson||2.6||+0.9||1.0||1.0||] -1.9||-2.8|
|Steve Pearce  1.5||+1.2||2.1||-3.4||-4.5|
|] Jackie Bradley Jr.||4.9||+2.4||4.8||-4.0||-6.4|
|Rick Porcello||5.3||+2.9||3.0 4.8||-7.7  Chris Sale||4.4||+6.5||4.9||-2.5||-9.0|