- Mo Vaughn and Jose Canseco, 1995 ALDS: 0 for 27, 3 BB (.000/.100/.000). Sox swept in three games
- David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, 2007 ALDS: 8 for 15, 11 BB, 4 HR (.533/.731/1.333). Sox sweep in three games
- Red Sox pitching, 1995: 29.2 IP, 5.16 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .219 BAA, .299 OBPA
- Red Sox starters, 2007: 20.1 IP, 2-0, 1.31 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, .215 BAA, .256 OBPA
- Red Sox bullpen, 2007: 6.2 IP, 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, .091 BAA, .200 OBPA
The 2007 club, aside from being more balanced and overall just a better team than the 1995 version, benefited greatly from the Angels’ many injuries. Not tot ake anything away from the brilliant pitching of Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling — who pounded the strike zone better than I’ve ever seen (77 percent and 76 percent of pitches thrown for strikes, respectively) — but the Sox caught a break with an Angels team whose power bats were nonexistent and whose running game only works if your hitters get on base.
Meanwhile, the Yankees play another day, no thanks to the $28 million man, brought in exactly for these kinds of situations. Should we be surprised? In games where his team faces elimination, Clemens hasn’t exactly stepped up:
- 8 games, 7 starts, 2-2, 4.71 ERA, two quality starts. three starts of 3 IP or fewer.
Those three starts include the 1990 meltdown and ejection, the 2003 ALCS fizzle and last night’s injury- and performance-shortened stint.