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?