Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Red Sox early struggles in 2019 continued, dropping their home opener to the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 on Tuesday.

W: Matt Shoemaker (3-0)

L: Chris Sale (0-3)

S: Ken Giles (3)

Here are five takeaways from the loss:

1. From first to worst:

When is this team going to wake up? At 3-9, the Red Sox have more losses than any team in baseball (before Tuesday night’s games). They have trailed every game but one entering the ninth inning so far this season. They are a mess right now and it’s not getting any better.

In Tuesday’s loss, the Sox had one wild pitch, two passed balls, and allowed three stolen bases, including a straight steal of home.

They are by nearly every measure one of the worst teams in baseball two weeks into the season, for whatever that is worth.

2. Chris Sale’s velocity was up, but the Blue Jays lit him up:

Sale’s fastball returned to the low-to-mid-90’s, but the lefty wasn’t sharp at all, giving up five runs over four innings of work. Sale was tagged for seven hits and struck out three. His ERA sits at 9.00 in 2019.

Red Sox starters have been a wreck this year. There’s no hiding from numbers as bad as this:

3. The fourth inning was a disaster:

As if two passed balls and four hits allowed by Sale in the inning weren’t enough, the Blue Jays put on a straight steal of home in what was arguably the lowest moment of the young season so far for the Red Sox.

Ugly.

The Fenway Faithful were displeased.

4. What’s better than four trophies? 10 trophies.

There’s nothing like Opening Day at Fenway Park, and there’s certainly nothing quite like a pregame ceremony celebrating the World Series champion Red Sox and the Super Bowl champion Patriots.

It marked the first major public appearance for Rob Gronkowski after announcing his retirement. The Patriots social media department captured his interaction with David Ortiz after taking part in the first pitch ceremony.

5. Only David Ortiz could get away with carrying a World Series trophy like this:

When you hit .700 in the 2013 World Series, you can carry the trophy any way you want.

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.