The start to this Red Sox’ season has been . . . weird

 

Playing nine innings while being grateful that Xander Bogaerts’s delayed flight isn’t the kind where passengers get re-accommodated . . .

1. Six games, three wins, and three losses into the season, and it’s already gotten weird. Bogaerts has two hits — or twice as many as Mookie Betts. Sandy Leon has more home runs — one — than Betts, Bogaerts, and Hanley Ramirez combined. The entire roster has as many home runs (three) as the Astros’ George Springer has leading off games. The flu has knocked at least five players out of commission at some point and led to the fumigation of at least two locker rooms in their wake. Two players have been placed on the bereavement list. Noe Ramirez and Ben Taylor have pitched more innings than David Price and Drew Pomeranz. Again: Weird. The Sox start a seven-game homestand Tuesday, six against AL East teams. It’s time for the varsity to return to health and production. The Boston PawSox have grown tiresome.

2. The small-sample-size warning label applies here, but right now this Red Sox team feels a little bit like the ’02 club. That was a Dan Duquette team, but it sure looked like a Dave Dombrowski team. It was stocked with superstars (Manny, Pedro, Nomar, newcomer Johnny Damon, 21-game winner Derek Lowe, and I’m counting 43-year-old Rickey Henderson here for pure entertainment value) but didn’t have a lot of quality depth (Shea Hillenbrand finished sixth on the roster in Wins Above Replacement, first baseman Tony Clark had a 47 adjusted OPS in 298 plate appearances, second baseman Rey Sanchez had a 75 OPS-plus in 386 PAs). That team won 93 games but finished six back of the Angels in the wild card race.

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