Just a month ago, it seemed as if the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves were predestined for the playoffs. The likelihood of either being left out of the race for the pennant in October was almost mathematically impossible. But then the Rays and Cardinals surged, the Sox and Braves faltered, and both teams' seasons ended against the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) sits at second base after being thrown out against the Baltimore Orioles during the 9th inning at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore on September 28, 2011 where the Orioles defeated the Red Sox 4-3 to eliminate the Red Sox from post season play. UPI/ Mark Goldman