The Red Sox opener didn’t go quite as planned, but that’s okay.
After a rather promising first inning, the Boston Red Sox Opening Day went downhill fast. It was fueled by an unusual suspect, as ace Chris Sale was touched up for seven runs over three innings and earning the worst Opening Day decision of his career.
As with most Boston fans, the overreactions began flooding in. There were conversations of “this team didn’t do enough” and Sale’s success isn’t sustainable, which may eventually prove to be true, but for now are merely hyperbole’s. An immediate thing to remember is that the Red Sox ace threw a mere nine innings throughout Spring Training, and while they were impressive, the lefty is rusty.
The Red Sox offense was solid, as Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez didn’t show any immediate signs of a drop off in production. Mariners’ starter Marco Gonzales was okay, but in most nights likely would’ve taken a loss against the high-powered Boston offense.
In all sincerity, it was a rough start for the 2019 campaign; however an Opening Day loss provides zero indication of a trend for the full season. In fact, the 2004, 2007, and 2018 Red Sox have two immediate things in common: all of these clubs lost on Opening Day and all of these clubs won the World Series that season.
Similarly, we shouldn’t be foolish and state that a loss signals a World Series run, but a trend like this is always fun to curb unnecessary overreactions. The 2019 Red Sox are now going to be the hunted for the remainder of the season; however something tells me that’s just the way Alex Cora wants it.
The Sox will look to get back on track tonight for a 10 PM EST start.