The Boston Red Sox starting pitchers have set a dubious mark to begin the 2019 season. And we're only at the season's second day.
In the first two games, both Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi struggled to contain the long-ball. Each pitcher gave up three home runs in their first start of the season. That is the first time that has happened for the Red Sox in over 100 years, per Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.
This marks the first time since at least 1908 that Red Sox starters have allowed 3+ homers in the first two games of the season.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) March 30, 2019
Even worse, the team had allowed eight home runs in their first 10 innings, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe. Last season, they didn't allow their eighth homer until 11 games into the season.
#RedSox did not allow their 8th home run until April 11 last season, 11 games into the season.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) March 30, 2019
They've allowed 8 in 10 innings this season.
Obviously, it's very early in the season, so the Red Sox pitching staff has plenty of time to figure things out. And even if they do struggle, the team's stacked lineup will be able to help keep them competitive with their offense. But still, the starters will have to improve greatly moving forward, especially considering that the Red Sox don't exactly have a proven bullpen.
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