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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:

Season W L WP Tot W-L Postseason Result
1903 10 10 0.500 91-47 WS Champ
1904 15 5 0.750 95-59 AL Pennant
1912 12 8 0.600 105-47 WS Champ
1915 11 9 0.526 101-50 WS Champ
1916 10 10 0.500 91-63 WS Champ
1918 12 8 0.600 75-51 WS Champ
1946 17 3 0.850 104-50 AL Pennant
1967 10 10 0.500 92-70 AL Pennant
1975 11 9 0.550 95-65 AL Pennant
1986 12 8 0.600 95-66 AL Pennant
1988 14 6 0.700 89-73 Division Champ
1990 12 8 0.600 88-74 Division Champ
1995 14 6 0.700 86-58 Division Champ
1998 14 6 0.700 92-70 Wildcard
1999 10 10 0.500 94-68 Wildcard
2003 14 6 0.700 95-67 Wildcard
2004 14 6 0.700 98-64 WS Champ
2005 11 9 0.550 95-67 Wildcard
2007 13 7 0.650 96-66 WS Champ
2008 13 7 0.650 95-67 Wildcard
2009 13 7 0.650 95-67 Wildcard
2013 13 7 0.650 97-65 WS Champ
2014 9 11 0.450 ?? ??

Sure, there are 142 games left but Boston fans might want to look for an alternative bandwagon for the playoffs.