I’ve been very quiet about the 2014 Boston Red Sox, and that is simply because they are a bad baseball team. In Boston, we like to justify that and excuse it away by calling them “under performing.” This lets us hope and think that they are 1 big winning streak away from making the playoffs and winning it all. In most years, I am on board with that philosophy, but in 2014, that clearly isn’t the case, sorry Boston.
There is no one way to build a baseball team. If there were baseball would have gone extinct years ago. Sometimes the team with the most money wins the World Series, fucking Yankees. Sometimes the luckiest team wins read about the 1987 Twins, it’s amazing they won the World Series! Sometimes the most consistent team wins, finally, the 1995 Braves won the World Series. And sometimes the hot team wins, see the 2004 Boston Red Sox run to the World Series title. Its the multifaceted history of winners, and ways to win the game, that have made baseball the most historically significant sport in the US.
The 2014 Boston Red Sox are a poor facsimile of the 2013 Boston Red Sox The 2013 team relied on above-average pitching, a dominant offense and better than average defense to win the World Series. The 2014 club is wholly different in that their pitching, defense and offense have all been below average. So what’s the deal? Keep reading, I’ll explain in my autopsy of the 2014 Boston Red Sox. Continue reading