John Farrell

Just how poorly have the Red Sox played at home in the last year-plus?

Ryan Hannable
May 05, 2015 - 9:20 am

Once again, the Red Sox are off to a slow start to the season -- 12-14 after 26 games, the same record as they were last season when they finished 71-91 and in last place in the AL East. A major issue for last year's team was their poor play at home, going 34-47. This year hasn't been much better, going 6-8, including being swept last weekend by the Yankees. That got us to thinking, just how poor have the Red Sox been at home in the last year-plus? Since the start of 2014 season, the Red Sox have been swept nine times at home in series' lasting three or more games. This is compared to Terry Francona's eight seasons from 2004-11, where those teams were only swept at home six times in such series' -- twice in 2010, once in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011 and zero times in 2004 and 2007. After not losing more than three games in a row in any park in 2013, John Farrell has seen nine home sweeps in 95 total home games (going into Tuesday), while Francona saw a total of six home sweeps in 567 total home games, spanning eight seasons. For what it's worth, the 2012 Red Sox, led by Bobby Valentine, were swept at home in series' lasting three or more games five times. Bottom line, for the Red Sox to get back to winning, they need to be better at home. "You like to think your home ballpark is going to be friendly to you and give yourself a chance for some late-inning push," Farrell said Sunday night after being swept by the Yankees. "What we've had a couple times this year. Still, makes it awful difficult to go out and expect to win more games on the road. So yeah, playing at Fenway and taking advantage of the wall or taking advantage of just a comfortable place for us, that's got to be more the norm."