Nuggets from Boston's 0-3 start

April, 9, 2012
All the numbers you need -- and may want to forget -- about the disastrous opening weekend for the Boston Red Sox.

0-3 starts

For the first time since 1931-33, Boston is 0-3 to start back-to-back seasons.

If the Red Sox fall to 0-4, it would mark the first consecutive 0-4 starts in franchise history.

While it’s hard to imagine a worse opening weekend, Boston has company in this regard.

The Red Sox and Yankees are both 0-3 for the first time since 1966. That year, the Red Sox finished ninth, while the Yankees were 10th in the 10-team American League.

But those aren’t the only surprising 0-3 starts. The Braves and Giants also sit at 0-3. According to Elias, it’s the first time in MLB history that four teams that were 10 games above .500 one season started the next one at 0-3.

Finding ways to lose

* Thursday – Detroit 3, Red Sox 2: The Red Sox lose on Opening Day in walk-off fashion for the first time since 2003. That’s when the infamous closer-by-committee began its short existence as Chad Fox allowed a walk-off three-run home run to Carl Crawford.

* Saturday – Detroit 10, Red Sox 0: The Red Sox suffer their largest shutout at the hands of the Tigers since 1948.

* Sunday – Detroit 13, Red Sox 12 (11 innings): According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first time Boston has ever lost a game when holding multiple-run lead twice in the ninth inning or later. The Tigers had only had one such win, and that was 83 years ago.

Ugly numbers

For the second straight year, Boston has allowed 26 runs through three games. Prior to this, Elias notes that Boston hadn’t allowed more than 25 runs through three games since 1980.

The Red Sox have already allowed double-digit runs twice this season. That hasn’t happened through three games since 1950.

Player notes

* Alfredo Aceves: First Red Sox pitcher to make two appearances within the first three games without retiring a batter since Guido Grilli in 1966. Grilli lasted four more games in Boston before getting traded to Kansas City.

* Josh Beckett: First pitcher in the live-ball era to allow five home runs in one of the first two games of the season.

* Mark Melancon: First Red Sox pitcher to lose two of the first three games on the season since Derek Lowe in 2001. Melancon is the first to do it in his first season in Boston since Bill Campbell in 1977.

Jeremy Lundblad

ESPN Stats and Information



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