7:05 PM ET, April 6, 2011
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
CLEVELAND -- After popping out, David Ortiz lingered at home plate and stared into the distance as if in disbelief.Yep, Big Papi, it's true.The built-to-win Red Sox still haven't won.
Red Sox: Worst Starts in History
The Red Sox are off to the fourth-worst start in franchise history, with the worst coming in 1945 when they started 0-8. However, every World Series champion since 2000 has had at least one five-game losing streak with the exception of one -- the 2007 Red Sox.
Sox Starters Empty in First Starts
All five Red Sox starters have taken the loss in their season debuts, a tough pill to swallow for a starting rotation making a combined $47 million in 2011.
Red Sox Starters - 1st Starts This Year
|*All 0-1 this season|
Only the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals made the World Series after starting 0-4. Since 1995, only two of 128 playoff teams started 0-4, Cincinnati (1995) and Arizona (1999). ... The Red Sox have been outhomered 14-4. ... The Indians drew a major league-low 1.3 million fans last season, and they're off to a bad start in 2011 with fewer than 10,000 at four of five games. Acta believes winning will cure the attendance issue. "The fan base is there," he said. "I see it everywhere I walk. I see people wearing Cleveland paraphernalia. Do I want to see it packed every day? Of course I want to, but that's something I can't control. If you win, they'll come. My job is to try to make these guys as good as possible as soon as possible so we can bring people to the stadium."
Regular Season Series
|Cleveland leads 6-4 (as of Wed 4/6)|
|Tue 4/5||@CLE 3, BOS 1||Recap|
|» Wed 4/6||@CLE 8, BOS 4||Box Score|
|Thu 4/7||@CLE 1, BOS 0||Recap|
|Mon 5/23||@CLE 3, BOS 2||Recap|
|Tue 5/24||BOS 4, @CLE 2||Recap|
|Wed 5/25||BOS 14, @CLE 2||Recap|
|Mon 8/1||CLE 9, @BOS 6||Recap|
|Tue 8/2||@BOS 3, CLE 2||Recap|
|Wed 8/3||@BOS 4, CLE 3||Recap|
|Thu 8/4||CLE 7, @BOS 3||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Red Sox | Indians|
|1st||S Choo homered to right center (398 feet), M Brantley scored.||0||2|
|2nd||M Scutaro reached on infield single to third, D Ortiz scored, J Drew to third, J Varitek to second.||1||2|
|2nd||J Ellsbury grounded out to first, J Drew scored, J Varitek to third, M Scutaro to second.||2||2|
|2nd||A Cabrera singled to left center, M LaPorta scored, M Brantley to second.||2||3|
|6th||M Brantley grounded into fielder's choice to third, T Buck scored, M LaPorta out at third, J Hannahan to second.||2||4|
|6th||A Cabrera homered to right (353 feet), J Hannahan and M Brantley scored.||2||7|
|7th||A Gonzalez homered to right (389 feet), C Crawford scored.||4||7|
|8th||M LaPorta homered to left (375 feet).||4||8|
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|Stadium||Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH|
|Attendance||9,523 (22.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||39 degrees, overcast|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Dale Scott, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|
The Red Sox are off to the fourth-worst start in franchise history, with the worst coming in 1945 when they started 0-8. However, every World Series champion since 2000 has had at least one five-game losing streak with the exception of one -- the 2007 Red Sox.[+]
The Red Sox, Rays and Houston Astros are the 86th, 87th and 88th teams in the modern era of baseball (since 1900) to start a season 0-5. Only two of those previous 85 teams managed to make the postseason: The 1974 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1995 Cincinnati Reds. In fact, those two squads actually started 0-6 before getting their first win. Using that piece of history at this point, 0-5 Boston, Tampa Bay and Houston have a 2.4% chance to make the postseason.
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