Defending Champion Red Sox Not Alarmed By Slow Start

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Starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez stands on the mound with catcher Blake Swihart of the Boston Red Sox and second baseman Brock Holt of the Boston Red Sox before getting pulled by manager Alex Cora during the fifth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on March 30, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Red Sox starting pitchers were horrible in Seattle.

Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Rick Porcello worked a combined 15 innings and allowed 28 runs on 28 hits, eight homers, and walked 11.

Boston lost three of the four to open the season. Pretty ugly all around.

Offense went 9-38 with runners in scoring position and left 32 men on base.

Defense made six errors.

Red Sox Confident In Plan For Starting Pitchers Despite Early Struggles
Red Sox Confident In Plan For Starting Pitchers Despite Early Struggles
Boston's starters posted an ERA over 13—the worst through four games in a decade.

Manager Alex Cora said the only bright spot was the bullpen. Five earned runs in 18 innings.

But, J.D. Martinez and Cora aren't alarmed.

"We got a good group of guys," Martinez said. "No one's really panicking or anything like that. Everyone's just kinda, not laughing about it, but just kinda brushing it off in a sense like, whatever, what are you gonna do, you know?"

"First week of the season, it gets magnified," Cora said. "We probably lost 3 out of 4 somewhere last year, and the team has lost 3 out of 4 the last three years ... We gotta go to Oakland, they have a good team, they swing the bat well, and play good baseball, try to win the series, and move on."

Yes, Sox lost three of four last April. And May. And June. And August. And September. 

WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports

 

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