Red Sox open 2021 with a resounding thud

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

We know what you're thinking.

With fans allowed inside Fenway Park for the first time in a year, your first thought was probably "We waited a year-plus for THIS?"
Photo courtesy of the Associated Press

The Red Sox completed a lost weekend with an 11-3 loss on Sunday to the Orioles who swept the three-game series at Fenway Park.  "THIS" is now the worst home start to a Red Sox season since 1948.

The bright spots were few and far between. Starting pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Tanner Houck both did well. J.D. Martinez is off to a very strong start with a .500/1.000/1.5000 line after three games.

Otherwise, the bullpen has been spotty, and the offense has been anemic, posting team numbers of .160/.234/.448.

The fielding is a mess. Maybe we got spoiled by watching Mookie Betts, JBJ and Andrew Benintendi, but the outfield looks particularly sloppy, and Rafael Devers is lost at third. Balls to his left that he should be cutting off aren't even approached, and his throwing has regressed. Reports of an improved focus on his defense in spring training appear now to have been just rumors.

Boston hosts the Rays or three games tonight through Wednesday and Red Sox Nation turns its lonely eyes to Nick Pivetta in an effort to put up a "W."

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