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Red Sox rotation off to worst start to the season in franchise history

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Red Sox rotation off to worst start to the season in franchise history

Yes, it's true: this is the worst start to a season by a Red Sox rotation. Ever.

After another mediocre outing from erstwhile ace Chris Sale that had the left-hander apologizing for embarrassing his family and teammates in an 8-0 loss to New York on Tuesday, the Red Sox found themselves holding a dubious distinction.

Per the Elias Sports Bureau, no Red Sox rotation has ever posted a higher ERA through 18 games than this one. The 7.18 mark tops the 1931 team, which posted a 6.96 ERA en route to a 62-90 finish, 45 games behind the AL-champion A's.

If you've heard of any of the pitchers on that team, you're a bigger fan than most of us. Nine pitchers made starts in 1931, led by Somerville High's Danny McFayden (16-12, 4.02), Jack Russell (10-18, 5.16), Wilcy Moore (11-13, 3.88), and Milt Gaston (2-13, 4.46).

Those pitchers combined to make one All-Star team over 49 combined seasons. This Red Sox rotation features two Cy Young Award winners (Rick Porcello, David Price), one perennial Cy Young candidate (Sale), and the 2018 postseason hero (Nathan Eovaldi).

They've won two Cy Youngs, finished in the top six 10 other times, made 12 All-Star teams, and contributed to a championship. Their pedigree is just a *little* better than their 1931 brethren, and yet they find themselves with just two wins (1 each for Eduardo Rodriguez and Price) and three quality starts (aforementioned duo and Sale).

Sale has only topped four strikeouts once in four starts, while Eovaldi has yet to pitch more than five innings, and Porcello has yet to reach five innings.

Price and E-Rod are coming off of good starts, and Sale finally pumped his velocity back up to 97 mph on Tuesday, so perhaps the tide is starting to turn, but for now, it's no stretch to label this rotation historically awful.

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Watch Red Sox rookie Michael Chavis' hot streak continue with huge home run

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Watch Red Sox rookie Michael Chavis' hot streak continue with huge home run

Michael Chavis' run for American League Rookie of the Year took another positive step forward in the Boston Red Sox's game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon.

Chavis crushed a two-run home run, his second blast in as many days, deep to left field at Rogers Centre to give Boston a 6-2 lead in the third inning.

It was Chavis' ninth home run of the season, tying him with J.D. Martinez for the second-most on the team. Chavis, however, has accumulated these home runs in 19 fewer games than Martinez.

The former top prospect entered Monday's matchup in Toronto with a .290 batting average, 22 RBI and a .389 on-base percentage in 25 games this season. He's collected multiple hits in four of his last six games, including 10 hits overall during that span.

Chavis, at least so far, has been hitting at a better rate than Blue Jays outfielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is considered one of the elite prospects in baseball.

It's obviously very early into Chavis' career, but his impressive development has been among the most encouraging aspects of Boston's 2019 season. Winning the AL Rookie of the Year quickly is becoming a very attainable goal for the talented infielder.

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Highlights from Red Sox's 12-2 win over Blue Jays

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Highlights from Red Sox's 12-2 win over Blue Jays

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 12, Blue Jays 2

IN BRIEF: David Price holds Toronto to zero earned runs over five innings, and the Red Sox offense bangs out 12 runs on 16 hits, including four home runs, as Boston opens the four-game series with a 12-2 win at Rogers Centre.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 25-22

HIGHLIGHTS:

1st Inning

Rafael Devers gives Red Sox early lead with RBI single to right (1-0 BOS)

Xander Bogaerts scores on throwing error (2-0 BOS)

2nd Inning

Luke Maile ties game with two-run HR to left (2-2)

3rd Inning

Xander Bogaerts puts Sox back on top with two-run single to left (4-2 BOS)

Michael Chavis blasts 9th home run of the season to left (6-2 BOS)

5th Inning

Rafael Devers makes slick defensive play at third base 

David Price retires the final 10 batters he faces in a 67-pitch outing (5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K)

6th Inning

Jackie Bradley Jr. homers for the first time since Game 3 of the World Series (8-2 BOS)

Brandon Workman strikes out two in a 1-2-3 inning

7th Inning

Rafael Devers drives in Mitch Moreland with RBI single to right (9-2 BOS)

Steve Pearce tacks on another run with SAC fly to center (10-2 BOS)

9th Inning

Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers go back-to-back off Ryan Tepera (12-2 BOS)

Hector Velazquez finishes up four no-hit innings from the Red Sox bullpen

UP NEXT
@ Blue Jays, Tuesday, 7:07 p.m., NESN
@ Blue Jays, Wednesday, 7:07 p.m., NESN
@ Blue Jays, Thursday, 12:37 p.m., NESN

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