August 31, 2006
The Greatest August Collapse Of All-Time?
I know that no other team in baseball history - outside of the 2006 Boston Red Sox - has ever started the month of August in first place and then went on to lose 21 games in that month.
So, does this mean that the Red Sox winning percentage in August 2006 (.300) is the worst ever by a team for the month of August where the team started the month in first place? Seems like it, no?
There have been some great, late, collapses by baseball teams, such as:
The 1934 Giants,
The 1938 Pirates,
The 1942 Dodgers
The 1951 Dodgers,
The 1964 Phillies,
The 1969 Cubs,
The 1987 Blue Jays,
The 1993 Giants,
The 1995 Angels, and, of course,
The 1978 Red Sox.
How did each of these teams do in August those years?
The 1964 Phillies: 19-10
The 1934 Giants: 19-10
The 1978 Red Sox: 19-10
The 1951 Dodgers: 19-13
The 1969 Cubs: 18-11
The 1942 Dodgers: 18-11
The 1987 Blue Jays: 17-12
The 1938 Pirates: 16-16
The 1993 Giants: 15-11
The 1995 Angels: 13-17
As you can see, in just about all of these El Fold-o's, the bad stuff happened for these teams during the month of September - and the team hung in there during August.
The exception here being the 1995 Angels - who started to slide in August.
Still, 13-17 (for the Angels) in August 1995 is a lot better than 9-21 (for the Red Sox) in August 2006.
Therefore, does this give the 2006 Boston Red Sox the title of "Worst Ever August Collapse For A First Place Team"? It's a pretty solid case, no?
Do they give out plaques for a title like that?
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 31, 2006 11:23 PM
Its not a collapse yet. Sure it may seem as if theyve conceded, but if they keep getting handed games in disgusting fashion like they did tonight and teams like the loser orioles die against them and put up their best effort against us, its not over.
I probably worry too much, but I won't feel totally comfortable until the magic number is at 0. Like nysupremacy says, teams really have been folding over and dying for Boston, which is why they were able to hang on as long as they did. I still remember the Yanks almost blowing a huge lead versus Boston and Toronto in 2000...
Were the 88 Yanks in 1st place? I remember them having a similar month back then.
1988 Yankees were not in 1st place on 8/1/88.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at September 1, 2006 08:46 AM
By the way, how bizarre and crazy was that "home run" off of Halladay last night? My jaw literally dropped when I saw it. Rios should have gotten on his knees and begged Halladay for forgiveness. And there's no way you should be charged with those runs if you're a pitcher (the outfielder literally THREW the ball into the stands).
Halladay looked like he wanted to kill Rios. He gives up a three-run jack in the first, battles back and his team ties it, and then a simple flyball gets tossed into the stands by his outfielder. Roy knows the season is over. At this point he's just trying to win the Cy Young. (I think it's going to Santana, though).
Steve ... all your analysis tells me is that the Yankees' season is far from over... memorable collapses are memorable because they occur in September. As the Sox melted in August, there but for the grace of the baseball gods do the Yankees go in September.
Posted by: carla at September 1, 2006 10:53 AM
Sox would need a huge September to make up for that August 'tho.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at September 1, 2006 10:58 AM
Sox DFA'd Loretta today. They think it's over, too.
I'm kind of shocked by this move. I don't think they'll get much for him. But I guess they're committed to Pedoria being their second baseman next year. I'd rather see him than Loretta anyway, since Loretta used us as a punching bag this year.
baileywalk, Where does it say that?
that could be huge.
JeremyM, teams like the indians and other ones this year have made Kyle Snyder look like a star. LOL
Kyle Snyder with us would basically be Tim Redding or Darrell May or Donovan Osborne(Thank God those days are done).
Ya, you're right; they were a gm out in 1988