Ryan Flaherty is not a great curveball hitter. The Orioles’ infielder has seen 205 of them since 2007 and has posted a batting average of just .222. So it is ironic that his RBI single in the top of the eighth off a Craig Breslow curve could be the hit that keeps the Boston Red Sox from making the postseason this year.
You see, Flaherty’s RBI gave Baltimore the one run they would need to win Monday’s matinee and drop the Red Sox to a 9-11 record in their first 20 games, which spells doom for Beantown:
The Red Sox drop to 9-11 with loss to the Orioles. Sox have never made the playoffs when starting first 20 games under .500 ( @EliasSports)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 21, 2014
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Sure, there are 142 games left but Boston fans might want to look for an alternative bandwagon for the playoffs.