The Boston Red Sox have not started well. They are 5-10, dead last in the AL East, third-last in the American League and 26th in baseball overall.
The Sox are the only team to have allowed 100 runs this season—only one other team has given up more than 85.
They blew a 9-0 sixth inning lead against the New York Yankees on Saturday, which extended their losing streak to five games—Boston's longest home win-less spell in six years.
Boston's closer, Andrew Bailey, is on the DL, setup man Mark Melancon is in Triple-A and Daniel Bard has already been forced back to the bullpen, albeit temporarily. LF Carl Crawford, CF Jacoby Ellsbury and starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka are on the DL. John Lackey will miss the entire season.
It has not been a good start.
But it hasn't all been bad news.