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And Another Thing

Associated Press
Boston Red Sox's Jarrod Saltalamacchia, right, reacts after striking with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.


And in today's episode of "Who's Choking Worse?" ...

The Red Sox have blown a 9-game lead in the AL wild card in 25 days.

The Braves have blown an 8 1/2-game lead in the NL wild card in 22 days.

I call it a push, if only because the Red Sox have the higher profile.

Here's the thing about baseball, though: If either or both of them manage to stagger into the playoffs anyway, the slate is wiped clean. As the adage goes, momentum in baseball is your next-day starter. So once the playoffs begin, crazy as it sounds, the Red Sox and Braves would be exactly in the same place as, say, the Yankees or Phillies.

Reason No. 9,247 to love baseball.

Ben Smith's blog.