2007 Mets fell harder, faster than 2011 Red Sox, Braves

Wow. Looking at the headlines, you would think that nothing like the Red Sox AL Wild Card collapse has ever, ever happened. But it has. Recently.

Back on September 12, 2007 the New York Mets had a 7 game lead over the Phillies in the NL East, with 17 games left to play. With 17 games left to play on September 10, 2011, the Red Sox had a 4.5 game lead over the Rays in the AL Wild Card race. With 17 games left to play on September 09, 2011, the Atlanta Braves had a 6.5 game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Wild Card race. So, even though the leads of the Red Sox and Braves were larger earlier in the month than the lead the 2007 Mets had over the Phillies, the collapse of the 2007 Mets was more dramatic – more losses over a fewer number of games to end the season – than either of the 2011 collapses.

With 17 Games to Play in Season

Team

Games Ahead

2007 Mets (NL East race)

7

2011 Braves (NL Wild Card race)

6.5

2011 Red Sox (AL Wild Card race)

4.5

 

Wins

Losses

Games Back

2007 Mets

83

62

 

2007 Phillies

76

69

7

 

Wins

Losses

Games Back

2011 Braves

84

61

 

2011 Cardinals

77

67

6.5

 

Wins

Losses

Games Back

2011 Red Sox

85

60

 

2011 Rays

80

64

4.5

Sorry for the crudeness of the charts. That's what you get when you copy and paste from Microsoft Word.

So, while the dual collapses of the Braves and Red Sox was indeed dramatic this year, it was not more dramatic – and not as steep – as the collapse of the 2007 Mets, who lost more games to close a season resulting in losing a playoff berth over a shorter period of time than did either the Red Sox or the Braves this year.

About Chris Duckworth

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One Response to 2007 Mets fell harder, faster than 2011 Red Sox, Braves

  1. Chris Jones says:

    Thanks for this. It is the only thing anyone has said that makes me feel any better about the Red Sox’ great collapse.
    Why do we give our emotional loyalty to sports teams? Like the guy said at the beginning of the film Fever Pitch, “they’ll break your heart, kid.”
    When are we going to wise up?

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