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August 31, 2007

Ten things we learned from Bronx sweep

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3. Coco Crisp is lost, too

Another major, major disappointment the last three days and, really, this entire season is Coco Crisp. Like Drew, his batting average has crept up to respectability the last two months, but Crisp's offensive contributions have been minimal. I don't know what manager Terry Francona was thinking having Crisp batting second ahead of David Ortiz.

Crisp is supposed to be a spark. He was a dud the entire three days. He was 0-for-the-Yankees series (12 at-bats!).

This was a great opportunity with Ramirez hurt and the chance to play some "small ball." But it never happened.



4. Yanks might be better head to head.

This is important because the teams could meet again in mid-October.

While the Sox have the edge in starting pitching depth, Josh Beckett is not an automatic win as we first thought.

The Yankees have now won seven of the last nine games these teams have played and all three series the Yankees came in after mini-losing streaks.

The Yankees have had a penchant for clutch hitting, which has been nonexistent here in Boston for nearly the entire season.



5. Sox pitching still is good.

Other than Dice-K's meltdown, the Red Sox pitchers were pretty good, especially the starters, in the Bronx the last three days.

Beckett gutted out almost seven innings, despite having his "C" game. The homer he gave up to Alex Rodriguez in the seventh inning was disappointing, but he gets a pass. The same with Curt Schilling, who didn't have his best stuff but still allowed only two runs through seven innings.

Overall, the Sox never got to showcase their key bullpen members, Jonathan Papelbon, Eric Gagne and Hideki Okajima with the game on the line.



6. Roger Clemens has guts ... still.

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