Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

The Red Sox dropped to 1-2 on the season with a 6-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners Saturday night.

W: Mike Leake (1-0)

L: Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1)

S: Nick Rumbelow (1)

Here are four takeaways from game three of the season:

1. Three straight errors? In the big leagues?

The Red Sox trailed 6-2 with two outs in the ninth, before Mariners rookie third baseman Dylan Moore made not one, not two, but three straight errors to give the Red Sox life.

Has anybody ever committed three consecutive errors in baseball history? I’m sure that list is short, if there is even a list at all.

No matter. Xander Bogaerts came to the plate with the Sox down 6-5 and looked at three straight strikes to end the game.


2. Eduardo Rodriguez stumbles out of the gate:

The hype surrounding Rodriguez coming out of camp didn’t materialize into a strong start to his 2019 season. The lefty was not good, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. Rodriguez served up a three-run homer to Jay Bruce, a career .225 hitter against left-handed pitching, to wrap up his night.

Rodriguez struggled with his command and worked into deep counts too many times. Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi, and Chris Sale have all given up six runs or more in Boston’s first three games of the season.

3. The Red Sox bullpen was strong again:

Who would have predicted that the Red Sox bullpen would be significantly better than the rotation to start the season? Heath Hembree was strong in 1 2/3 innings in relief of Rodriguez, while Tyler Thornbug and Hector Velazquez each tossed scoreless frames.

Red Sox relievers have allowed only four runs in 12 2/3 innings to begin 2019.

4. Mookie Betts is still the best right fielder in baseball:

Seriously, this guy’s range is ridiculous:

Betts will easily be the favorite to win the American League Gold Glove in right field again this season. He would join Dwight Evans as the only two players in franchise history to win four straight Gold Gloves.

Up next:

The Red Sox will look for their first quality start of the season when send Rick Porcello to the mound in the series finale on Sunday. The Mariners will counter with lefty Wade LeBlanc.

You can hear Matt McCarthy on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s own Hardcore Baseball podcast and on various 98.5 The Sports Hub programs. Follow him on Twitter @MattMcCarthy985.