World Series Hangover?

Yes. Well, at least for one of the teams

Yes it’s early, but…

Here are the standings for the AL East at the start of play for April 17

RkTmWLW-L%GBStrkRRARdiffHomeRoad≥.500<.500
1TBR134.765W 24.82.52.46-27-23-110-3
2NYY79.4385.5W 15.13.91.14-63-31-56-4
3BAL711.3896.5L 14.56.1-1.61-66-51-46-7
4TOR711.3896.5W 23.74.1-0.44-63-55-82-3
5World Champion BOS612.3337.5L 24.16.3-2.23-33-92-64-6

Here are the standings for the NL West at the start of play for April 17

RkTmWLW-L%GBStrkRRARdiffHomeRoad≥.500<.500
1SDP118.579L 33.64.2-0.64-57-32-19-7
1NL Champion LAD118.579W 36.34.81.58-43-41-610-2
3ARI89.4712.0W 25.65.9-0.24-54-46-82-1
4SFG810.4442.5W 13.03.2-0.25-53-54-94-1
5COL612.3334.5W 33.34.6-1.30-56-73-73-5
  • The AL East fifth place Red Sox at -40 have the worst run differential in the AL
  • The NL West leading Dodgers (tied) at +28 have the best run differential in the NL
  • The Dodgers lead the majors with a .284 batting average; the Red Sox are hitting .229
  • The Dodgers ERA of 4.42 is not particularly impressive, but the Red Sox ERA of 6.09 is the worst in baseball
  • The Dodgers lead the NL with 37 homers; the Red Sox are tied for 21st in the majors with 17.
  • The Dodgers lead the NL with 119 runs scored; Boston has scored 74
  • The Dodgers are hitting .296 with runners in scoring position; the Red Sox are hitting .258 w/RISP.
  • Dodgers pitchers have a 1.21 WHIP; Sox pitchers have a WHIP of 1.51.
  • Dodgers starters are 7-4 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.159 WHIP.
  • Red Sox starters are 2-11 (MLB lowest winning pct. of .154) with an MLB worst 7.18 ERA and an MLB-worst 1.667 WHIP.
  • Dodgers relievers are 4-4 with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.280 WHIP.
  • Red Sox starters are 4-1 with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.321 WHIP.
  • Dodgers pitchers have allowed 25 homers; Red Sox pitchers have permitted 33 dingers.
  • Dodgers pitchers are striking out 7.95 batters per nine innings and walking 2.68.
  • Red Sox pitchers are striking out 9.02 batters per nine innings and walking 3.92.
  • The Dodgers have made 7 errors; Red Sox have made 16 errors.

Dodgers and Red Sox Batters

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K BA OBP SLG OPS
Cody Bellinger 18 67 22 29 4 1 9 23 10 9 .433 .513 .925 1.438
Alex Verdugo 18 40 5 15 3 1 3 12 1 5 .375 .390 .725 1.115
J.D. Martinez 18 68 9 23 5 0 3 9 7 8 .338 .408 .544 .952
Enrique Hernandez 17 57 12 18 4 0 4 11 9 12 .316 .403 .596 .999
Justin Turner 17 63 8 19 2 0 0 8 8 15 .302 .387 .333 .720
Xander Bogaerts 17 60 11 18 6 0 2 8 10 13 .300 .394 .500 .894
Andrew Benintendi 16 58 6 17 4 1 1 6 7 13 .293 .364 .448 .812
David Freese 14 24 5 7 4 0 1 5 6 6 .292 .433 .583 1.017
Max Muncy 18 57 7 15 1 1 4 12 8 19 .263 .343 .526 .870
Joc Pederson 18 58 16 15 1 1 8 14 8 10 .259 .380 .724 1.104
Austin Barnes 14 39 8 10 1 0 2 5 8 8 .256 .388 .436 .824
Corey Seager 19 67 12 17 5 0 2 6 10 15 .254 .359 .418 .777
Rafael Devers 18 61 10 15 3 0 0 2 8 12 .246 .343 .295 .638
A.J. Pollock 19 71 9 17 3 0 1 11 5 12 .239 .291 .324 .615
Mitch Moreland 17 55 7 13 5 0 5 12 5 15 .236 .300 .600 .900
Blake Swihart 12 26 4 6 1 0 1 4 2 7 .231 .310 .385 .695
Mookie Betts 18 66 13 14 3 0 3 7 10 14 .212 .321 .394 .714
Christian Vazquez 13 41 6 8 3 0 2 6 2 9 .195 .233 .415 .647
Chris Taylor 19 44 2 8 2 0 1 4 6 13 .182 .294 .295 .590
Eduardo Nunez 16 41 3 7 1 0 0 5 1 7 .171 .190 .195 .386
Jackie Bradley Jr.n 15 50 3 8 2 0 0 2 3 15 .160 .204 .200 .404

Dodgers and Red Sox pitchers (minimum 3 appearances)

Player G W L Win% R ER QS SV BS H HR BB K BA ERA WHIP
Brandon Workman 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 10 .043 0.00 0.55
Dylan Floro 8 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 5 .222 0.00 0.86
Jaime Schultz 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 .111 0.00 1.00
Caleb Ferguson 8 0 1 .000 1 1 0 0 0 9 1 3 10 .265 1.00 1.33
Ryan Brasier 8 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 5 1 2 6 .185 1.17 0.91
Scott Alexander 10 1 0 1.000 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 7 .167 1.29 0.71
Matt Barnes 6 1 0 1.000 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 12 .130 1.42 0.63
Kenley Jansen 7 1 0 1.000 3 2 0 4 0 5 0 2 10 .192 2.45 0.95
Hector Velazquez 6 0 1 .000 5 4 0 0 0 12 1 4 10 .267 2.84 1.26
Ross Stripling 4 1 1 .500 8 8 2 0 0 18 3 6 18 .202 2.92 0.97
Hyun-Jin Ryu 3 2 0 1.000 5 5 2 0 0 12 3 1 14 .222 3.07 0.89
Marcus Walden 5 2 0 1.000 5 3 0 0 0 5 1 4 11 .167 3.38 1.13
David Price 3 1 1 .500 8 8 1 0 0 15 3 3 20 .214 3.79 0.95
Kenta Maeda 4 3 1 .750 10 10 2 0 0 20 4 10 20 .235 3.80 1.27
Pedro Baez 9 0 1 .000 8 5 0 0 0 8 1 2 10 .190 4.09 0.91
Heath Hembree 8 0 0 6 5 0 0 0 10 2 4 9 .263 5.00 1.56
Julio Urias 3 0 1 .000 9 8 0 0 0 13 2 5 13 .236 5.27 1.32
Tyler Thornburg 8 0 0 6 6 0 0 0 8 2 3 9 .242 6.48 1.32
Colten Brewer 8 0 1 .000 5 5 0 0 0 9 0 6 10 .300 6.75 2.25
Dennis Santana 3 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 6 1 4 6 .300 7.20 2.00
Edgardo Rodriguez 3 1 2 .333 14 13 1 0 0 19 3 6 15 .302 7.98 1.70
Walker Buehler 3 1 0 1.000 11 11 0 0 0 13 1 5 9 .283 8.25 1.50
Yimi Garcia 10 0 1 .000 9 8 0 0 0 8 3 5 10 .229 8.31 1.50
Nathan Eovaldi 3 0 0 14 14 0 0 0 18 6 10 10 .316 8.40 1.87
Chris Sale 4 0 4 .000 17 17 1 0 0 23 5 5 14 .311 8.50 1.56

A final thought – The Red Sox have never made the postseason when starting a season with a worse than 9-9 record in the first 18 games.