Baseball's historic September collapses

2011 Red Sox: 9 games While the 2004

2011 Red Sox: 9 games
While the 2004 Red Sox completed one of the best comebacks in baseball, the 2011 Red Sox did the exact opposite, staging the worst collapse in MLB history. As of Sept. 1, the Red Sox had a 0.5 lead on the Yankees in the AL East. On Sept. 3, they were out of first place but held a nine-game lead over Tampa Bay for the AL wild card. Boston finished September 7-20. Just to put this in perspective, the 1962 Mets, the worst team in baseball (40-120) were 6-18-1 in September. To make matters worse, the Orioles (68-94) beat the Sox four times in month, including the final game of the season with a walk-off victory in the ninth inning. Three minutes later, the Rays’ Evan Longoria hit a home run to beat the Yankeesa and win the wild card.
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September can be a cruel month to baseball teams who were in the hunt for October. Here are 10 of the most epic collapses by teams who had their playoff hopes washed away.

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