Tony Massarotti: It Feels Like Red Sox, Patriots Both Lost

The Red Sox and Patriots both won Sunday night, but it doesn't feel that way for The Sports Hub's Tony Massarotti

Taz and the Moose
October 29, 2018 - 8:18 am

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Sunday was a good night in New England. The Red Sox beat the Astros, 7-5, to even the ALCS at 1-1, and the Patriots beat the Chiefs, 43-40, to hand Kansas City (5-1) its first loss of the season.

That's a good night! But it didn’t feel that way to Boston 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Tony Massarotti.
 
“Why do I feel like both teams lost last night?” Massarotti said on Taz & The Moose. “I’m a believer that to win championships, you really have to be able to contain the opposition, and it doesn’t feel to me like either team can do that right now. Between the (Chris) Sale performance, which is as bad as I’ve ever seen him, to (David) Price getting pulled one out short of a win to the Patriots giving up 40 points – clearly there was a lot to sift through.”

The Red Sox lost Game 1 of the ALCS, 7-2, on Saturday, as Chris Sale allowed two runs in 4.0 innings.

“He hasn’t looked right for a while now,” Massarotti said. “Saturday night was as bad as I’ve seen him in a Red Sox uniform, particularly in that second inning. That is as bad as I’ve seen. You can say pretty much without fail that he has his slider just about every time he goes to the mound, and when he doesn’t, it’s because the ball doesn’t have quite the same bite and it hangs up a little more in the strike zone. The one he had Saturday night, he was leaving up and outside and just flailing with. I can’t ever remember seeing that. I personally think he’s hurt. I think it’s a shoulder issue. He’s not right. I don’t know how they win this series without him being right. I still like the Astros in this series.”

Game 3 is Tuesday in Houston.

The Patriots, meanwhile, have won three in a row since their 1-2 start and have scored 81 points over their last two games. The key, Massarotti said, is having Julian Edelman.

“As soon as he came back,” Massarotti said, “the offense started to look like it normally looks.”

The defense, however, has been spotty, at best. The Patriots held the Chiefs out of the end zone in the first half Sunday night, but Kansas City erupted for 31 points in the second half. The Chiefs scored 40 points despite a pair of Patrick Mahomes interceptions and Kansas City holding the ball for less than 24 minutes. 

“How does that happen?” Massarotti asked, dumbfounded. “It’s a sign of (how bad) the Patriots defense (is). The Lions put up 30 on them.”

Perhaps that’s why Bill Belichick ran early and often against Kansas City. The Patriots finished with 38 carries for 173 yards and two touchdowns.

“He feared this Kansas City offense,” Massarotti said of Belichick. “He knew they weren't going to be able to stop them. They held them to nine points in the first half. They jammed them up in the red zone. But once the second half got rolling, Kansas City had 31 points in the second half – 31! Kansas City had the ball for 10 minutes in the second half and they scored 31 points.”

The Chiefs (5-1) host the Bengals (4-2) on Sunday Night Football this week, while the Patriots (4-2) play the Bears (3-3) at Soldier Field this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.