The late season collapse is part of what makes baseball exciting. Unlike the NFL that plods along one week at a time or the NBA where so many teams make the playoffs a collapse means you might drop from a one seed to a five seed, in the MLB, teams play over 20 games in the final month of the regular season.
All you have to do is look back to as recently as 2011 to find not one, but two collapses of epic proportions. That year, the Atlanta Braves ended the season 9 – 18 to cough up a 7 1/2 game lead over the Cardinals. That performance looked downright stellar compared to the Boston Red Sox’s 7 – 20 finish.
Who’s team will fall apart this year? Hopefully, not yours. But if history has taught us anything, I’d keep an eye on the Pirates.
See our list of The 15 Worst September Collapses in Major League Baseball History.