5 Things That Went Wrong For Boston Red Sox in 2014

5 Things That Contributed To Boston Red Sox' Disastrous 2014 Season

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It would be an understatement to say that the 2014 season didn't go the way the Boston Red Sox hoped. A year after they won the World Series, they are now in the AL East basement with less than 40 games to go. They have virtually no chance of making the playoffs now. They're 15.5 games out of the division and 11 back in the Wild Card standings. Five things in particular were to blame for the collapse this year. Read on to find out what they were.

5. Mediocrity In Center Field

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5. Mediocrity In Center Field

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Heading into 2014, most fans felt okay about the Red Sox losing Jacoby Ellsbury. They felt like the combination of Jackie Bradley Jr. and Grady Sizemore would provide similar production to Ellsbury. What they got instead was a guy in Sizemore who was DFA'd in June and JBJ who hit a mere .216 with 1 HR and 30 RBIs before earning his demotion yesterday. The center field production was mediocre (except on defense) all year and it hurt them big time.

4. Xander Bogaerts

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4. Xander Bogaerts

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A year ago, Xander Bogaerts had about as much potential as any young player in baseball. That all changed when the 2014 season began. Particularly since June, Bogaerts has been a total disaster, both in the field and at the plate. Despite a good start to the year the first two months, he's batting just .226 with eight HRs, 30 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .293. He has also made 17 errors in the field and leads the team in strikeouts with 114.

3. Shane Victorino

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3. Shane Victorino

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Injuries to RF Shane Victorino also hurt the Red Sox in a big way this season. Having only played 30 games this year and being as good as he is, it left the Red Sox with a giant hole, particularly hitting-wise. Had Victorino been healthy more often this year, one would assume that more runs would have scored, amounting to more wins as well. Maybe his presence in the lineup would have won them enough games to be relevant in the playoff discussion.

2. Clay Buchholz

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2. Clay Buchholz

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Clay Buchholz would probably be No. 1 on this list most years in Boston with his 2014 stats. He is having about as bad a season as you can this year. He has a 5-7 record with a 5.79 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. He has already allowed 15 HRs and still has more than a handful of starts left this year. He hasn't yet hit triple digits in Ks either. He isn't the sole reason the Red Sox are terrible, but he's very high on the list.

1. Lack Of Power/Run Support

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1. Lack Of Power/Run Support

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This really shouldn't come as much surprise to anyone who has watched the team; No. 1 is the lack of run support and power in their lineup. For much of the season, it was David Ortiz or bust for Boston. Napoli was hurt a lot, Pedroia clearly lost pop and other guys just simply weren't producing. Knowing that the Red Sox have lost 20 games so far this season by exactly one run, it is clear that the lack of runs scored crippled them this year.

Will Gellman is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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