The Red Sox returned home and lost to Baltimore, 4-1. Here are three things we learned:
1. Eovaldi's season was a disappointment from start to finish.
When the Red Sox signed Nathan Eovaldi to a four-year, $68-million contract last December, they thought he was poised to have a breakout season. Instead, he missed half the year with an elbow injury that was complicated by a biceps setback and he never got untracked. He didn't pitch well in April, went on the IL, returned in July to help out in the bullpen, then was transferred back to the rotation in August but never seemed to get untracked. In that regard, Friday, his final outing of the year, was perfectly emblematic of his season: