The Red Sox' season is just six games young, but with Boston sitting at 1-5, fans are having visions of last September's epic collapse.
The Sox just haven't been able to put it all together so far this season. When the bats have been hot, the pitching has failed them. When they've gotten good pitching, the team's lineup hasn't been able to step up offensively. At one point or another, it will all have to come together or things could quickly go from bad to worse.
What makes the rough start even tougher to swallow is the manner in which the Sox have lost games. Their Opening Day walk-off defeat stung, especially because it mirrored some of the losses suffered down the stretch last season. Then, there was the crushing defeat on Easter Sunday, in which Boston's bullpen blew two, three-run leads en route to a 13-12 walk-off loss.
A trip north of the border to visit the Blue Jays looked difficult on the surface, and it proved to be just that, as the Sox dropped two of three to Toronto to run their record to its current 1-5 mark. Monday's 4-2 victory serves as one of the few bright spots on this early season.
The Red Sox now head back to the friendly Fenway Park confines, and they hope that a nine-game homestand will help them turn things around. You can bet some fans are getting a bit antsy, though, which could make Fenway a little less friendly should the team sputter out of the gate in Friday's home opener.