OAKLAND, Calif — The Red Sox flipped a switch when they traded Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers. Their record ceased to become important at at that point.
But not being competitive? That is never acceptable.
Tonight's 20-2 humiliation at the hands of the Athletics probably closed the door on the idea of Bobby Valentine returning next season. Had the Sox showed some life after the trade, you might have been able to buy into the idea of Valentine being a good manager for a team not built around high-priced stars.
Instead the Sox are 2-4 since the trade and are in complete "get this over with" mode. Overall, they have dropped 9 of 12. At 62-71, the Sox are on a pace to lose 86 games. That hasn't happened since 1992.
These stats will make you cringe:
• Tonight was the worst loss for the Sox since the Yankees beat them, 22-1, on June 19, 2000.
• The Sox had not allowed 20 runs since Aug. 21, 2009, also against the Yankees.
• Former Red Sox players Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and George Kottaras combined to go 9 of 15 with four homers and 13 RBIs.
"That was a blast. “Everyone is running to the bat rack and ready to bat and you can’t wait to get in the batters’ box," Reddick told the Oakland writers.
• The Sox are 0-4 on their road trip and have allowed 41 runs.
• The Sox finished August 9-20. They were actually 53-51 on July 31 and 3.5 games out in the wild card.
• The Sox are 1-6 against Oakland this season. One team started the season with a payroll of $175 million and the other at $52 million.
• Aaron Cook (3-8, 5.35) was done after 37 pitches. Of the eight outs he recorded, four were hard-hit fly balls.
• The Sox hadn't allowed nine runs in an inning since 2006.
• The Sox have allowed 13-plus runs six times this season and 10-plus runs 11 times.
• The Sox have a 7.04 ERA in 11 games since they fired pitching coach Bob McClure and replaced him with Randy Niemann. It's not Niemann's fault, he's basically the guy who got shoved in front of a train rolling downhill.
• The Sox are 69-91 since last Sept. 1. Happy anniversary.
• But take comfort in this, perhaps: The Dodgers are 2-5 since The Trade. Adrian Gonzalez is 6 of 29 (.207) and Josh Beckett goes on Saturday.
If you stayed up late, thanks for reading.