The fact that they reached the American League Championship Series last year is an anomaly, and widely unexpected before the season started.
But the reality is that, even though they remain a talented squad, trading away a player like Betts has its consequences.
Boston is good, but they could have been a legitimate World Series contender with Betts.
Since he is not a part of the team anymore, they are a last-place team in the ever-competitive AL East.
Not only that, but Betts, Kyle Schwarber, and Hunter Renfroe, who were with the team recently, are all starring for other organizations and providing plenty of pop, something that Boston has severely lacked this year.
“Mookie Betts, Kyle Schwarber and Hunter Renfroe have combined for 90 HRs this season. The Red Sox have hit 122,” podcaster Rich Keefe tweeted.
Mookie Betts, Kyle Schwarber and Hunter Renfroe have combined for 90 HRs this season.
The Red Sox have hit 122.
— Rich Keefe (@Keefe21) August 30, 2022
A Crushing Stat
That’s the sad Red Sox stat fans certainly didn’t want to see today.
They traded for Schwarber during their playoff push last year, and he was very productive.
He didn’t re-sign and ended up going to Philadelphia, where he is raking at the moment.
They traded Renfroe for Jackie Bradley Jr. and two infield prospects, in a deal that they surely want to take back.
Renfroe is slugging homers for the Milwaukee Brewers and they recently designated Bradley for assignment.
The 62-68 Red Sox have collapsed to the point in which they will likely finish as the last team in the AL East standings.
It’s a tough break for an organization that was a couple of games away from the 2021 World Series.