It was supposed to be a dream season for the Boston Red Sox. It was the final season for their star player, 'Big Papi' David Ortiz. The Red Sox were projected to win their division, win the American League and go all the way to the World Series. On September 1st, they held a 74-59 record, good enough for 2nd in the American League East. The Red Soxwould then go on to win their division with a record of 93-69, winning the AL East by 4 games over Baltimore and Toronto. However, theRed Sox collapsed, falling in 3 straight to the Cleveland Indians in the American Divisional Series.A collapse like this potentially rivals that of the 1969 Chicago Cubs or the New York Mets teams of 2007 and 2008 (Mets fans still don't like talking about those teams).

After a major collapse, the team and its fans are wondering....how does something like this happen? How could it have been prevented? And since this season was Big Papi's last - how would this epic implosion factor into David Ortiz's chances at getting into Cooperstown?

What Went Right:

The Red Sox had a young and talented core of Yoan Moncada, Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benentendi.Veteran leadership was there in the forms of Hanley Ramirez, 'Kung Fu Panda' Pablo Sandoval and, of course, the retiring 'Big Papi' himself, David Ortiz.Their pitching staff was healthy, anchored by All-Stars David Price and Craig Kimbrel.They were 15 games better than last year's mark of 78-84, saving John Farrell's job.

What Went Wrong?

Actually, it's more of a 'Who did wrong?' Answer: David Price.

Price is a 5-time All-Star and a dominant pitcher with a 3.21 ERA during the regular season. However, during the Postseason, when it counts the most, Price chokes. In the postseason, David Price is severely off his game. He holds a 2-8 record in the postseason with a 5.54 ERA.

The Red Sox are paying a pretty penny for an All-Star caliber pitcher. Try $217 million over 6 years! Is it money well spent if he continues to choke when it matters most? Absolutely not.

Price will have to reassess where he goes wrong in the postseason and look to improve before pitchers and catchers report to Florida and Arizona for Spring Training in February.

Otherwise, the Price will continue to be wrong in Boston.

How could this have been prevented?

The Red Sox were held to just 7 runs in the ALDS, despite mustering 21 hits against the Indians. The Red Sox needed more offense, not just from Big Papi, but across the lineup. Their stars, young and old, were all but neutralized by the Indians' pitching staff.

The Red Sox and Indians should've gone the full 5 games. Instead, the boys from Beantown got themselves swept by the Tribe and former Red Sox manager Terry Francona stands just a few wins away from claiming a 3rd World Series title.

What of Big Papi's chances at the Hall of Fame?

How does this collapse bode for Big Papi's chances at the Hall of Fame?

It'll be a non-issue. David Ortiz has Hall of Fame numbers and a Hall of Fame-worthy career. He was a beloved player both on and off the field. He wasfeared by opposing pitchers because they knew that one false pitch against Ortiz and he'll send that ball into the stratosphere.

As it stands right now, David Ortiz will be eligible for the Hall of Fame starting in 2021 and this collapse by the Red Sox shouldn't be a factor in the eventual induction of one of the most feared hitters the Majors has ever seen.

Only time will tell weather or not the Red Sox will get back to the postseason without David Ortiz.

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