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May 17, 2006

Behind One Door Is.........

From the Boston Globe:

In his last five starts, Schilling is 2-2 with a 6.53 ERA. In 30 1/3 innings, he has allowed 22 earned runs on 40 hits. Opponents are batting .315 against him. They've also hit eight home runs, three apiece in the last two games. Ramon Hernandez, Jay Gibbons, and Brandon Fahey took him deep last night, Fahey for his first big-league home run.

The drop in effectiveness follows a 133-pitch outing in Jacobs Field on a cold night in Cleveland, which raised all kinds of alarms at the time and continues to do so. Just as they did then, both Schilling and manager Terry Francona dispute that it has had any deleterious effects on the 39-year-old righthander.

''I can talk until I'm blue in the face, until everybody's blue in face, when I tell you guys that's not it," Schilling said. ''It makes good copy. That's really putting the blame and making excuses where they don't belong.

''I'm not executing. I've given up six home runs in my last two starts. I'm making mistakes.

''The homers are horrible pitches. It doesn't matter if I threw 33 or 133, I just haven't pitched well. Unfortunately, it coincides with that start."

Sure Curt.

Funny, I thought we'd have to wait at least another three weeks before we would see this impact.

It's starting to appear that the Yankees may not get Schilling when they go into Fenway (after the Rangers series).

It will be an interesting call for the Sox - either skip DiNardo's next turn and then have Schilling go against the Phillies on 5/21 or keep DiNardo's turn and then have Schilling go on 5/22 against the Yankees.

Give a start to a scrub in order to have Curt face New York (with an extra day's rest) or take advantage of an off-day on 5/18, keep your good pitchers in turn, avoid having to send a scrub to the mound for a turn, but then keep Schilling away from the Yankees.

I say this with the fear that only ol' timers such as myself may get it.......What's it going to be Batman? The lady or the tiger?

Posted by Steve Lombardi at May 17, 2006 03:48 PM


Great. Now I'm an ol' timer. Thanks Steve. :P

Posted by: hopbitters [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 17, 2006 05:30 PM

Cool! At least one person got it! :-)

Pow! Thump! Pop! Splat!

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 17, 2006 10:38 PM