The Red Sox were 82-51 on Aug. 27. They were three games behind the Phillies for the best record in baseball. One month later they find themselves tied with Tampa with two games to go after going 6-19 this month and dropping 17 of their last 22 games.
If the Rays take over the wild-card spot it will mark the first-time ever a team has blow a nine-game September lead. We take a look at the 10 biggest collapses in MLB history.
It's not the first time that Red Sox fans have endured such a streak, at least this time it is not at the hands of the Yankees.
4. 1978 Boston Red Sox (Baseball-Reference.com)
Boston led by 14 in July and still held a 7.5-game lead with 32 games remaining. A 14-of-17 swoon was the opening the Yankees needed to close the gap, which included a four-game sweep at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won their final eight, and needed a Cleveland victory over New York to force a one-game playoff at Fenway Park. And that's when the name Bucky Dent became an expletive in New England, as the Yankees' light-hitting shortstop hit a home run in a 3-2 New York victory. The Yankees won their second consecutive World Series.
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