Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

The Red Sox fell to Tampa Bay 5-2 Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park as the division-leading Rays picked up a two-game sweep of the Sox, who dropped to 11-17 on the season.

W: Tyler Glasnow (5-0)

L: Chris Sale (0-5)

S: Diego Castillo (3)

Here are three takeaways from the loss:

1. 0-5:

The results aren’t getting any better for Chris Sale, who gave up four runs over seven innings and dropped to 0-5 on the season. He allowed four hits, walked three, and struck out eight.

Sale’s ERA sits at 6.30.

The Red Sox aren’t going to turn anything around until Sale turns it around. They are winless in his six starts in 2019.

2. Bats silent again:

The Red Sox offense is becoming a major concern. After mustering just one run on Saturday, the Sox pushed only two runs across on Sunday.

As April draws to a close, Boston ranks 12th in the American League in runs scored, 12th in batting average, and 11th in OPS. That’s a far cry from their output a year ago.

The Red Sox had four hitters in their lineup on Sunday that are hitting under .230 (Christian Vazquez, Jackie Bradley Jr., Steve Pearce, and Mitch Moreland). Bradley and Pearce are hitting a putrid .150 and .103 respectively.

3. 7 1/2 back:

The Red Sox saw what little momentum they might have built with back-to-back wins over the Tigers disappear with a bad weekend. The Sox are now 7 1/2 games back in the American League East and have made a habit out of taking one step forward and two steps back in 2019.

It’s still early, but eventually, it won’t be early anymore.

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.