A Great Fall Before The Series?

The Red Sox' once-hefty lead in the AL East has grown thin over the last month thanks to the scorching play of the Yankees. How do the recent performances of the Sox and Yankees stack up to the post-Aug. 1 and post-Sept. 1 performances of the World Series teams dating back to 2000? Read further to find out!

2007 Red Sox
Since Aug. 1: 27-21 (.563)
Since Sept. 1:11-8 (.579)
Longest losing streak since Sept. 1: 4 (2x)
Notes: Josh Beckett snapped the Sox' third four-game losing streak of the season Friday. The other two were snapped by Curt Schilling, who had his no-hitter broken up with two outs in the ninth against the Athletics June 7, and Clay Buchholz, who threw a no-hitter against the Orioles Sept. 1.

2007 Yankees
Since Aug. 1: 31-16 (.660)
Since Sept. 1: 13-5 (.722)
Longest winning streak since Aug. 1: 7 (Sept. 4-12)
Notes: Gained 6.5 games (from eight games down to 1 ½ games down) from Aug. 28 through Sept. 20; made up ground on four straight days from Sept. 16-19.

2006 Tigers
After Aug. 1: 25-32 (.439)
After Sept. 1: 12-16 (.429)
Longest losing streak after Aug. 1: 5 games twice (Aug. 8-13, Sept. 27-Oct. 1)
Notes: Lost ground 4+ days in a row three times…lost division title to Twins on final day of the year; it was the first time in 137 days the Tigers had not at least shared the division lead.

2006 Cardinals
Since Aug. 1: 25-32 (.439)
After Sept. 1: 12-17 (.414)
Longest losing streak after Aug. 1: 7 (Sept. 20-26); also lost four in a row Aug. 1-4 to end an eight-game skid that began July 27
Notes: Went 3-9 in their last 12 games…had their biggest lead of the year (7 games) from Sept. 18-20 before losing 6 ½ games in eight days to the Astros Sept. 21-28.

2005 White Sox
Since Aug. 1: 31-28 (.525)
After Sept. 1: 19-12 (.613)
Smallest lead after Aug. 1: 1 ½ games (Sept. 22-24)
Longest losing streak after Aug. 1: 7 games (Aug. 12-20)
Notes: Lost eight games in the standings to the Indians (from 9 ½ games up to 1 ½ games up) from Sept. 7-21 but ended the season six games ahead.

2005 Astros
Since Aug. 1: 32-25 (.561)
After Sept. 1: 19-11 (.633)
Longest winning streak: 5 (Sept. 14-18)

2004 Red Sox
After Aug. 1: 42-18 (.700)
After Sept. 1: 21-11 (.656)
Longest winning streak: 10 (Aug. 24-Sept. 3)
Smallest margin in the AL East after Aug 1: 2 games (Sept. 8, Oct. 2)
Notes: Made up ground six straight days from Aug. 15-22 (from 10 ½ down to 5 ½ down); made up eight games between Aug. 16 and Sept. 3.

2004 Cardinals
After Aug. 1: 39-20 (.661)
After Sept. 1: 18-13 (.581)
Smallest lead after Aug. 1: 9.5 games (Aug. 5)

2003 Yankees
After Aug. 1: 35-21 (.625)
After Sept. 1: 18-9 (.667)
Longest winning streak after Aug. 1: 8 games (Sept. 7-13)
Smallest margin after Aug. 1: 1.5 games (Sept. 6)

2003 Marlins
After Aug. 1: 32-22 (.593)
After Sept. 1: 18-8 (.693)
Longest winning streak after Aug. 1: 7 games (Sept. 6-13)
Longest losing streak after Aug. 1: 5 games (Aug. 19-23)

2002 Angels
After Aug. 1: 36-20 (.643)
After Sept. 1: 18-9 (.667)
Longest winning streak after Aug. 1: 10 (Aug. 29-Sept. 8)
Longest losing streak after Aug. 1: 4 (Sept. 21-25)

2002 Giants
After Aug. 1: 36-18 (.667)
After Sept. 1: 18-8 (.693)
Longest winning streak after Aug. 1: 8 (Sept. 20-29)
Longest losing streak after Aug. 1: 4 (Aug. 14-18)

2001 Yankees
After Aug. 1: 31-23 (.574)
After Aug. 1: 16-9 (.640)
Longest winning streak after Aug. 1: 6 (Sept. 5-19)

2001 Diamondbacks
After Aug. 1: 32-24 (.571)
After Sept. 1: 14-13 (.519)
Longest winning streak since Aug. 1: 9 (Aug. 10-19)

2000 Yankees
After Aug. 1: 31-30 (.508)
After Sept. 1: 13-18 (.419)
Longest winning streak after Aug. 1: 4 (Sept. 7-10)
Longest losing streak: 7 (Sept. 25-Oct. 1)
Notes: Went 3-15 in their last 18 games; lead never slipped below 3 until Yankees clinched.

2000 Mets
After Aug. 1: 35-23 (.603)
After Sept. 1: 15-14 (.517)
Longest winning streak since Aug. 1: 5 (2x)
Longest losing streak: 4 (Sept. 1-4)


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