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By any measure, 3-7 homestand was ugly

Since it is Playoff Eve for the Bruins, one eve short of Playoff Eve for the Celtics, and the Patriots standing one week shy of their most important NFL Draft in years, the Red Sox are fading into the shadows.

That’s good. A witness protection program is exactly what they need about now.

It’s not that they went 3-7 on their first (and longest) homestand of the season. It’s that they looked dreadful in the process.

Maybe they can get some tips in Pittsburgh this weekend. The Pirates have lots of experience looking dreadful.

Boston begins the weekend with 10 wins and 10 losses. In the American League East a .500 club could finish the season in last place. A cynic might suggest they should settle in and get comfortable for the long slog through the next 142 games.

We’ll let that temptation slide for the moment.

It’s not that the Red Sox have looked hopeless. They have scored runs at a good clip and their starting pitching has looked good through their five innings per outing.

The bullpen is what it is. Expecting much more is unrealistic.

That is particularly true when the team racks up 20 errors in its first 20 games.

And those errors aren’t just ground balls between the wickets or dropped pop-ups. The wild throws, some of them ticketed to no one wearing the same uniform, border on amateur hour.

They have injuries. Trevor Story is out, Rafael Devers’ left knee is acting up and Tyler O’Neil needed eight stitches after knocking heads with Devers chasing a pop fly. 

Their early strength is compromised with starters Nick Pivetta and Garrett Whitlock sidelined.

Injuries have impacted the Red Sox. But injuries are no excuse for sloppiness in the first degree, which haunted them throughout their homestand.