What has happened to the Red Sox? Dealing with the worst World Series hangover the team has ever seen, Boston is currently suffering in last place in the American League East, and to make things worse, they were just swept by the Yankees in dominant fashion.
However, this day-to-day minutiae doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of how terrible Boston's failure has been.
In fact, the Red Sox have been so bad that their run differential through 19 games, which currently stands at -42, is the lowest for any defending World Series champion in history.
Worst Run Differential Through 19 G, Defending Champs— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 18, 2019
2019 Red Sox -42
1988 Twins -37
1998 Marlins -32
1984 Orioles -25
1940 Yankees -21@EliasSports
Yeah, the Red Sox have really been that bad.
I mean, they even let Mike Tauchman tag them for his first-ever home run.
THE BOSTON RED SOX HAVE AWOKEN A MONSTER AND HIS NAME IS MIKE TAUCHMAN pic.twitter.com/vGdiRjn0wk— David Mendelsohn (@BigBabyDavid_) April 17, 2019
Luckily for Sox fans, there's still a lot of time left in the season to catch up to the Rays at the top of the AL East. After all, it is only April.
But also, they're 8.5 games back already. Even for April 18, that's fairly unprecedented.
Something's got to change.