Boston Red Sox
Championships aren’t won in April, but they sure can be lost. It’s yet to be seen how badly the Red Sox have dug themselves into a hole with their 6-12 start, but it won’t be easy getting back to the top of the American League East. They’re currently in last place and are already 7.5 games behind the first-place Tampa Bay Rays.
What’s most shocking is how different this start is compared to their 2018 championship run. Last season, Boston didn’t lose its 12th game until May 11th.
Boston’s rotation and bullpen has combined for -0.1 fWAR through about three weeks of play while also allowing 1.93 home runs per nine innings. That’s the third-worst mark in baseball, behind only the Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Manager Alex Cora‘s trio of Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and Nathan Eovaldi has struggled quite a bit, as well. None of them own an ERA below 8.40, and they’ve combined for -1.0 fWAR through 44.1 innings.