Sweep the AL East? Teams have done it already twice this season


BOSTON — Admittedly, this does not have the degree of difficulty of one of those Mensa quizzes in airline magazines, but take a look at these five scores from Wednesday night and see if you can determine a pattern.

  • Texas 2, Boston 1

  • Los Angeles Angels 4, Toronto 3

  • Washington 3, New York Yankees 2

  • Atlanta 2, Tampa Bay 1

  • Seattle 4, Baltimore 2

You’re right! All five members of the once-vaunted American League East lost Wednesday. The same thing happened just five days ago.

Ken Nigro, a former Baltimore baseball scribe dating back to the Earl Weaver days who now does some consulting work for the Red Sox, brought it to my attention before Thursday night’s game against the Texas Rangers. I subsequently dropped a note to a member of ESPN’s crack stats corps, Daniel Braunstein, and he quickly confirmed what we already suspected. That’s not something that happened very often in recent years.

Counting the two occurrences this season, according to Braunstein’s research, all five teams in the AL East have lost on the same day just eight times since the start of the 2004 season, when Boston won the first of three World Series titles in a decade’s span. And until this season, it had happened twice in a season only once, in 2012, during that span.

Here’s the list:

  • July 4, 2004

  • July 1, 2007

  • Sept. 13, 2008

  • June 28, 2012

  • July 7, 2012

  • May 18, 2014

  • May 15, 2015

  • May 20, 2015