Yankees fans irked by the team’s 1-2 opening series can take solace in the fact the Red Sox are off to an even worse start.
Boston got swept by the Orioles at Fenway Park to open the 2021 MLB season, the team’s worst home start in 73 years. Their 0-3 start in 1948 was the only other time in team history the Red Sox began winless at home.
The sweep was punctuated with an ugly 11-3 loss on Sunday, as Garrett Richards and Josh Taylor got torched for 10 runs within the first three innings, including a seven-run third. Boston’s three runs weren’t nearly enough, yet were an improvement on the zero and two it scored in its first two games, respectively.
“We got beat in every aspect of the game,” said Alex Cora, who returned to manage the team after departing for a season in the wake of the Astros sign-stealing scandal. “We’re off to a rough start.”
It was a brutal series for some of Boston’s bats. Alex Verdugo is 0-for-11 to begin the year, while Xander Bogaerts is 1-for-12, Bobby Dalbec is 0-for-10, Enrique Hernandez is 1-for-10 and Rafael Devers is 0-for-6.