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Joe Kelly gives honest take on his poor start in Dodgers bullpen

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Joe Kelly gives honest take on his poor start in Dodgers bullpen

Boston Red Sox starting pitchers are struggling mightily through the first five games of the season, and one of their former teammates out West is going through similar problems.

Joe Kelly, who the Red Sox lost over the winter in MLB free agency, has not met expectations early in his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The right-handed reliever was booed by fans at Dodger Stadium on Monday night after blowing a save against the San Francisco Giants. The Giants ultimately won 4-2.

It was the second blown save in as many appearances for Kelly, who has allowed seven hits, six runs (all earned), two home runs and a walk in three innings pitched. 

He gave an honest assessment of his early-season performance after Monday's defeat. Check it out in the video below:

Kelly pitched well for the Red Sox throughout his tenure in Boston, and he was particularly effective against the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series. He hasn't found the same success in Dodger blue, and if Kelly doesn't turn it around soon, Los Angeles' bullpen could become a genuine concern.

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Red Sox' payroll goes down, but it's still MLB's highest

Red Sox' payroll goes down, but it's still MLB's highest

The Red Sox again have the highest payroll in baseball at just less than $222 million, according to the Associated Press study of major league salaries, but their payroll has actually gone down as has the average major league salary.

The Sox' payroll last season was a major league-high $223 million and ended a four-year run at No. 1 for the team they defeated in the World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Boston's payroll for 2019 is the lowest top payroll on Opening Day since 2012, according to the AP.

The Cubs are No. 2 this year at $209 million, followed by the New York Yankees ($207M), the Dodgers ($191M), the Washington Nationals ($185M) and the San Francisco Giants ($176M)

The bottom five: Oakland A's ($88M), Baltimore Orioles ($78M), Pittsburgh Pirates ($77M), Miami Marlins ($71M million) and Tampa Bay Rays ($61M).

For the second year in a row, the average salary has dropped. It's at $4.36M, down from $4.41M last year and $4.45M in 2017. The drop is reflected in slow markets the past two winters that despite record deals for stars Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado this offseason, saw many veterans settling for cheaper contracts.

Pitchers are the five highest-paid players in annual salary: The Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer is first at $37.4M, followed by the Arizona Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke ($32.4M), the Red Sox' David Price and Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw ($31M each) and the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg ($30.7M).

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Dodgers stop by Rams facility to wish them luck in the Super Bowl

Dodgers stop by Rams facility to wish them luck in the Super Bowl

"Beat LA" has stretched well beyond the basketball court. 

As the Los Angeles Rams continue to prepare for Super Bowl 53 against the Patriots, another L.A. team who couldn't beat Boston stopped by to wish them luck. 

There's no way this ages poorly, right?

The Red Sox took down the Dodgers in five games this November to win the World Series, and now the Dodgers could be passing their bad luck on to the Rams. 

Boston fans have plenty of reasons, in case they didn't have enough already, to hate L.A. this year. Red Sox-Dodgers, Patriots-Rams, and the Celtics will play LeBron James and the new-look Lakers on February 7th. 

Can Boston continue its dominance over Los Angeles? We'll see come Super Bowl Sunday. 

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