Red Sox

Rick Porcello makes unfortunate comparison to the 2019 Red Sox

Rick Porcello makes unfortunate comparison to the 2019 Red Sox

Rick Porcello made an unfortunate comparison between this year's Red Sox team and last year's squad that won a World Series championship. 

“Last year, it was a dream season," Porcello said on NESN after the team's 12-4 loss. "This season, you’re getting punched in the face every fifth day.”

Porcello had an up-and-down start Saturday afternoon. After giving up three runs in the first inning off a home run by Justin Upton, the former Cy Young award winner retired the next 14 in a row. Boston's offense hadn't yet carried the momentum over from a 16-4 win on Friday, but Porcello had them in prime position to take the game in the later innings. 

In the top of the sixth inning, Porcello gave up a single to Kole Calhoun before Mike Trout destroyed a first-pitch fastball 428 feet over the Green Monster. Alex Cora took him out with a 5-1 deficit, and then Darwinzon Hernandez and Hector Velazquez proceeded to give up seven more runs to end the game. Trout's homer was a dagger the Sox couldn't recover from. 

“Sixth inning, threw three pitches and gave up two runs. And it’s tough, I gotta be better,” Porcello said. "Between there we were getting quick outs, we were mixing pitches, rolling along just fine and it happened quick there in the sixth. That’s it."

With the loss, the Red Sox sit 15 games behind the Yankees for the division, six games behind the Rays for the second Wild Card spot, and 9.5 games behind the Indians for the first Wild Card spot.

They have the lineup to make a run and a pitching staff that wasn't supposed to be a glaring weakness this year, but after a year where everything broke the right way for the Red Sox, 2019 has definitely been a punch to the face. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

For a position so essential to baseball — no player handles the ball more often — the catching ranks in Red Sox history are surprisingly shallow.

Multiple seasons belong to players like Johnny Peacock, Pinch Thomas, Hick Cady, Roxy Walters, and Muddy Ruel, names that sound like they should belong to bouncers before big leaguers.

The dearth of catching talent may partly explain why the Red Sox routinely featured lousy starting rotations, at least until Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Co. arrived to give the club perennial Cy Young contenders no matter who squatted behind the plate.

Get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App

Had this list extended to 10 instead of five, some of the names would surprise you. Wally Schang, anyone? How about Bill Carrigan? There'd definitely be room for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Anyway, the overall talent level may be thin, but the top five are legit, with three All-Stars and two Hall of Famers.

Click here for the top five catchers in Red Sox history.

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Are Dave Roberts' latest comments about Mookie Betts just wishful thinking or reality?

The Los Angeles Dodgers manager said some interesting things about his new right fielder on ESPN's "The Sedano Show" Monday, including that he knows how Betts feels about being in Dodger blue.

I think him being in spring training with us — the relationship I have with him personally, and I think some players too, and coaches — it feels like he’s already played a season with us, which is strange. … Mookie’s gotta do what’s best for him and his family once that time does present itself, but I know that he loves being a Dodger.

After just eight spring training games, Betts "loves" being a Dodger? It seems like a stretch, but maybe getting out of Boston was that much of a relief for the 27-year-old.

Get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App

With the 2020 season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's possible we never see Betts play a regular-season game for the Dodgers. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association agreed on a settlement that would let all pending free agents hit the open market if the coming season is canceled.

Betts, the 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion, likely will test free agency come 2021, and the Dodgers will have to pay a hefty price to keep him in L.A. 

If Dodgers ownership and team president Andrew Friedman decide to shell out the cash, then Betts will probably "love" being a Dodger even more.