The 2014 Boston Red Sox season was the 114th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. On February 16, 2014, one day after Pitchers and Catchers reported. 6th: Y Cespedes grounded out to pitcher, C Vazquez scored, M Betts to third, J Bradley Jr. to second. But given that Sox fans don't have a billy goat to blame their problems on anymore, we're forced to look to the field for a look at how Boston crashed to the bottom of the AL East. That's notable because the Sox are, of course, the reigning World Series champs, and they're in line for a 26-game decline from 2013 levels. A.J. 3:09 pm ET, 2014 Red Sox among worst defending champs in MLB history, Five things we learned from Games 1 and 2, Rays' Lowe breaks out of slump with multi-HR game, Manfred: Expanded playoffs, extras rule could stay, Betts' brilliant Game 1 includes steals, free tacos, Bellinger hits Game 1 home run, celebrates responsibly, Ex-Astros GM: 'I didn't know we were cheating', Teams with losing records year after winning World Series. The Aruba native has posted a .240/.303/.371 line with below-average defense at shortstop and third by most metrics. It was the second last-place finish for the team in three years, and they were the second defending World Series champions to finish last in their division, the first having been the 1998 Florida Marlins. On June 18, the Red Sox release Sizemore. In a matter of months, owner Wayne Huizenga, in a fit of pique, ordered GM Dave Dombrowski to trade away core talents like Kevin Brown, Gary Sheffield, Moises Alou, Al Leiter, Devon White, Robb Nen, Charles Johnson and Jeff Conine.

Well, it hasn't happened yet. Carlos Correa walked it off and the Braves dominated the Dodgers on an exciting day of postseason action. If paces hold, then the Red Sox will finish the 2014 season in last place in the AL East and with a record of 71-91. However, any number of teams have dealt with injuries this season and haven't reached such depths in the standings, and it was the fact that the Red Sox were already bad that begat those deadline deals.

The worst-to-first ascension was the story last October, but "first to worst" is the tale in Boston as August, 2014 draws to a close. This year, the Sox have missed the all-around production Victorino provided in right field.

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Middlebrooks' bat has fallen off the Green Monster since his outstanding 2012 debut, bottoming out this season with a .185/.254/.262 line and only two home runs. Home Plate Umpire - Laz Diaz, First Base Umpire - Scott Barry, Second Base Umpire - Jeff Nelson, Third Base Umpire - John Tumpane. 71-91, 5th AL East, 634 R, 123 HR, 4.01 ERA, 92 E, Mgr:Farrell, SP:Lackey 11, CL:Uehara 26, HR:Ortiz 35, SB:Holt 12.

All told, Victorino played 30 games and could only manage a .303 on-base percentage. 2nd: K Kiermaier singled to center, R Hanigan to second. 3rd: A Craig singled to left, Y Cespedes to second. 7th: C Vazquez doubled to deep center, B Brentz scored. 2nd: B Zobrist singled to right, R Hanigan scored, K Kiermaier to third. 7th: D DeJesus grounded out to shortstop.

There is still plenty left to be written for the former top prospects. section: | slug: 2014-red-sox-among-worst-defending-champs-in-mlb-history | sport: baseball | route: |

Let it also be said that the 2014 Red Sox haven't been unlucky -- they're legitimately this bad. from last place to first place to last place over three seasons, Marlins part ways with president of baseball operations Michael Hill, per report, MLB trade rumors and news: Rays move within one win of the World Series. Peavy limped to a 1-9 record with a 4.72 ERA and 4.79 FIP, serving up 20 home runs in 124 innings for one of the worst homer-allowed rates in baseball. Bradley's value has come almost entirely from top-notch defense: +14 runs saved, 14.1 UZR and 11.6 SDI. 5th: R Castillo grounded out to shortstop.