Boston, MA– If you try to get into the prediction game too early in the baseball season, you will definitely find yourself in trouble. Often times, with the MLB, thorough analysis of teams' standings cannot even be conducted until late May because of how shaky and awkward the first couple weeks of the year can be for most teams. The Red Sox are definitely off to a rough start, as they found themselves in last place in the AL East with a 1-5 record after completing more than half of their 11-game west coast road trip.
Whether it's the woes of a lengthy, distant road trip this early in the season or the hangover of a World Series championship, one thing was for sure. The Red Sox were abysmal and lost four games in a row for the first time in over a year. Starting pitching gave up over 12 home runs out of the gate and the offense sputtered with back to back shutouts at the respective hands of two AL West teams, the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics.
Finally, though, the Red Sox returned to their winning ways last night with a 6-3 come from behind victory over the Athletics. The de facto closer, Matt Barnes, got the win in the game in place of starter Nathan Eovaldi, but Nasty Nate still held Oakland to just three runs. Boston's offense came courtesy of a Blake Swihart home run, a two-run double from Mitch Moreland, a two-run double from Mookie Betts that careened off the third base bag, and an RBI triple by Andrew Benintendi.
It was a solid win for Boston, but they will definitely need the starting pitching to step up so they can find ways to win games early and not need to mount a comeback every time on the diamond. They will get their first crack at this strategy in the afternoon today with a chance to split the series against Oakland. The good news? Steve Pearce has been activated from the disabled list in place of Sam Travis ahead of today's game.