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McAdam: Red Sox outplayed in series that seemed over before it began

McAdam: Red Sox outplayed in series that seemed over before it began

BOSTON -- The Red Sox' postseason was, in the words of noted hardball philosopher Thomas Hobbes, nasty, brutish and short.

So short that if you blinked, you missed it.

Put it this way: if a track announcer had called their cameo in the playoffs, it would have sounded like this: "And they're off... ...and they're done.''

Just like that.

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All the goodwill the Red Sox built during a six-month regular season, in which they won a highly competitive division, seemed to dissipate in the span of three games, spread out over five days.

The Indians outplayed them in every conceivable fashion, in every area of the game. They out-hit the Sox, out-pitched them, too. They ran the bases better, played tighter defense and were more solid in their fundamentals.

You name it, and the Indians were better.

The Red Sox didn't have a starter get through the fifth inning. They went better than 14 innings -- from the eighth inning in Game 1 through the fifth inning of Game 3 Monday night -- without scoring.

And in perhaps the best reflection of how thoroughly they were dominated by the Indians, consider this: After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the first game, the Red Sox never again led after a full inning for the entirety of the series

The swift sweep left the Red Sox somewhat shellshocked in a funereal clubhouse.

"Everybody in baseball knows how hard it is to sweep a three-game series with (the regular) season,'' said Clay Buchholz. "But to do it the postseason? That's something else. But they played better ball than us. They got the hits when they needed to get the hits.''

"Yeah, surprising,'' admitted Dustin Pedroia. "But they're good, too. It's not what we expected to happen, but they played great. They played flawless. There wasn't one part of their game that wasn't great. They were on and that's why they won and they're moving on.''

Perhaps winning home field would have changed the outcome. But that's working under the assumption that Rick Porcello and David Price would have pitched entirely different games in Fenway than they did at Progressive Field.

And would the big hit at the right time, the one that was so elusive from start to finish, have come at Fenway? Maybe.

That's academic for now.

Now, there's only the aftershock of the disappointment.

"There was so much promise going into this postseason,'' said a quiet Travis Shaw, who made the final out with two baserunners on. "We just weren't able to get it done.''

In time, maybe the sting of the playoff flop will recede and the Red Sox can view this season as a stepping stone, a necessary move forward that fell far shy of the intended goal.

But late Monday night, there was only raw disbelief that their visit to the postseason was suddenly done.

"You go along at about 100 miles and hour,'' said John Farrell, "and all of a sudden, the last out is recorded and you hit the wall and it stops abruptly.''

"Nobody in this room can sit back and say that they should have done something different,'' said Pedroia. "We played as hard as we could. They just played better than us.''

In every way imaginable, in a series that seemed to be over almost before it began.


As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.

MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.