Alas, the end of the regular season is upon us. Here are the top five most exciting games from the season’s (short) last week, as determined by Max Marchi’s methodology.
date game stars 09-27 Reds @ Mets **** box score 09-28 Phillies @ Braves *** box score 09-25 Red Sox @ Yankees *** box score 09-26 Cardinals @ Astros * box score 09-28 Royals @ Twins * box score
Just when it looked like it was safe to crown the Sept. 4 Phillies-Marlins contest as the best game of the year, the Sept. 27 Reds-Mets contest—played on the second-to-last day of the regular season—beat it out for the title of 2011’s most exciting game.
Due to a correction, the Phillies-Marlins game was demoted from four to three stars, and the May 18th Yankees-Orioles contest took over second place after being promoted from three to four stars. Since 2009, only two games besides these two have earned a four-star rating.
In the Reds-Mets contest, Cincinnati tied New York at 4-4 in the top of the ninth on Juan Francisco‘s two-out double and then pulled ahead in the 13th on Drew Stubbs‘ sacrifice. The Mets lost shortly after, as they failed to capitalize on four Francisco Cordero walks in the bottom of the inning.
Now, the top five games of the month of September.
date game stars 09-27 Reds @ Mets **** box score 09-04 Phillies @ Marlins *** box score 09-24 Rockies @ Astros *** box score 09-28 Phillies @ Braves *** box score 09-25 Red Sox @ Yankees *** box score
Despite this week being only four days, it produced three of the month’s top five games. Three of the year’s top ten games were played in this month as well.
Check back soon for a breakdown of the year’s top five games and an in-depth look at the year’s top-ranked Sept. 27 Reds-Mets game.