These ominous stats do not bode well for the 2019 Red Sox

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These stats do not look good for a 3-8 Red Sox team that's trying to repeat.

According to baseball-reference.com, the Boston Red Sox have never, in their more than 100 year history, made it to the playoffs after starting a season 3-8. 

Further, for a team that is basically the same on paper as it was when it won the World Series last year, the Red Sox could be expected to put in at least a similar performance the following season.

Instead, if the first 11 games of the season are any indication, the Red Sox have lost their fastball (pun intended) the year after their World Series win.

As baseball columnist Barry Bloom points out in Forbes, "The fact is the Red Sox have won the World Series four times since 2004 under three different managers and general managers, [but] there has been little continuity. They have fallen on their faces in each succeeding season." 

While "falling on their face" might be a bit strong, the Red Sox have not been able to get back to the World Series after winning it, let alone make the playoffs after starting 3-8 or worse. But for those looking for a repeat performance, Bloom writes:

"The win in 2004 was followed by a losing sweep in an ’05 American League Division Series. The victory in 2007 was followed by a loss in the AL Championship Series in ’08. The [World Series] win in 2013, was followed by a full collapse 91-loss season in ’14, including a 5-9 start."

Bloom says, "[The Red Sox's start] marks the worst start for a defending World Series winner since the 1998 Florida Marlins opened 1-11 [in 1999.]"

Red Sox President of Baseball Operations (and de facto general manager) Dave Dombrowski served as GM of the Marlins at the time.

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