The Boston Red Sox have had a hallmark season this year. For the first time ever they were swept in a season series of six or more games. That happened the other day when they met the Los Angeles Angels for the last time 2012. Last night, the Oakland Athletics hammered Boston 20-2. Basically the Athletics got two touchdowns and two field goals and the Red Sox a safety. That was all the scoring.
The Red Sox lost their fourth straight while the Athletics won their seventh in a row. Boston used seven pitchers. Starter Aaron Cook (3-8) took the loss, giving up six runs on 7 hits in 2 and 2/3 innings. In the seventh inning, Oakland scored 9 runs with 8 earned. In relief in the seventh, Craig Breslow and Marl Melancon each allowed four earned runs. Oakland hit five homeruns.
With the loss, the Red Sox moved closer to last place in the AL East. They are now 14 out of first while the fifth place Toronto Blue jays are 15. Boston is also out of the Wild Card as they sit 12 out of that race. At the end of July, this team was 53-51 and 3.5 out of the Wild Card. This has been a MLB season that has been filled with disappointment for the Red Sox and their fans.
What Can Be Done?
Here is the question—what will Bobby Valentine do to get this team on the winning track and stop humiliating itself? I think the only way for Valentine to save his job (if that’s at all possible) it to get this team looking like a functioning MLB team.
Stats and Facts
Here are a few historic notes regarding this game and the past few weeks or so. This is the worst beating the Sox have taken since June 19, 2000, when the Yankees beat them 20-1. The last time the Red Sox allowed 20 runs was August 21, 2009, versus New York. The August record for Boston is 9-20. Red Sox pitching has given up more than 13 runs six times this season and more than 10 runs 11 times. In the last 11 games, the team ERA is 7.04.
These are not the marks of a team with a payroll of $175 million. Maybe it’s best to say, this should not be the defining characteristics of a club with one of the biggest payrolls in the majors. But these are the facts. In my next blog on the Red Sox, I’m going to talk about some positives regarding this team. Yes, despite everything there are some very positive things to highlight.