200 Schillings? Sox-Rays Gamer II

Curt goes for the first of two milestone he’ll likely reach this year (3,000 Ks being the other), achievement of which should push him over the top and into Cooperstown. It looks like he’s figured out what led to his woes in previous starts, and he’s facing the Devil Rays, so things look promising for him to win his AL-leading eighth game — although, as last night proved, that’s why they play the games, and it’s also why we love to watch them.

Also of note for this game: The lineup, which looks like this, courtesy of a sore back from Manny:

Kevin Youkilis – LF (Yeah, you read that right)
Mark Loretta – 2B
David Ortiz – DH
Trot Nixon — LF
Jason Varitek – C
Mike Lowell – 3B
J.T. Snow — 1B
Wily Mo Pena – CF
Alex Cora – SS

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  • jeez. that’s an unexpected development.
    Would make it particularly nice to see something out of Snow tonight, since i expect nothing from Cora.
    And how much longer with Tek batting 5th?

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 6:46 pm
  • Incidentally, if you’ve got the time, check out the Globe’s story about Mike Lowell today. Good job by Amelie Benjamin, who appears to have the color beat, focusing one particular player or play and writing about it. It’s a sweet beat to have, for sure.
    Sometimes she tries too hard to end her stories with a twist and gets a little too cliche, but she did a nice job on this one…
    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2006/05/27/lowell_let_his_bat_do_talking/

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 6:48 pm
  • Schilling’s HOF credentials are borderline.

    YF May 27, 2006, 6:49 pm
  • Tek in front of Lowell is really getting to be a problem, imo. I feel it’s directly contributed to Manny’s earlier struggles because it means he sees fewer good pitches to hit, which affects his rhythm.
    Cora though has done well of late. Really, Cora and AGon combined over the past week have actually provided us quite a bit of offense out of the nine spot. I’m hoping Snow has a good game, just because he’s a good guy, never mind that we’re going to need someone to fill in the gap left with no Manny.
    I wonder too whether this will have any effect on Manny’s scheduled off-day against Detroit. I’d much rather him be off against the Rays than against a hard-hitting team with the best record in baseball…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 6:51 pm
  • I gotta agree with YF here, unfortunately. He started off pretty poorly, and his lost ’03 campaign pretty much sunk his chances. He’s pretty much in the same boat as Mike Mussina: stuck somewhere in between the Hall of Fame and the Hall of the Very Good.

    Hunter May 27, 2006, 6:52 pm
  • I agree they’re borderline, YF, but with 3,000 Ks and a 15-18-win season this year, I think they’ll be enough. I plan on discussing that in a new post shortly. Maybe tonight… My Lowell link got cut off:
    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2006/05/27/lowell_let_his_bat
    _do_talking/

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 6:53 pm
  • If you just select, copy and paste, it’ll grab the whole thing.

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 6:53 pm
  • My GameCast is up and ready to go… I’ll have to go home for dinner, as usual, but I should return (but not to work — chillin’ in front of the home computer for once, woohoo!) after that.

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:06 pm
  • The whole left field Youk thing wasnt surprising for me, watching the game the other nite on ESPN they were talking about how he was working out in LF that day and I knew we’d see him out there sometime soon for a game.

    Travis May 27, 2006, 7:08 pm
  • Schilling is definitely borderline, but the longer he pitches the closer he gets to the right side of the borderline. A couple of milestones won’t hurt, as Paul says. And unlike Moose, who is certainly a very fine pitcher with a more than solid career, Schilling’s got major post-season bona fides (in addition to the wins, the career Ks, and the multiple seasons with 300Ks). I don’t think those two guys are the right two to compare: Schilling is far closer to the HoF than Mussina, who, even if he pitches well in the next two or three seasons, should in no way ever be considered – he just isn’t at that level.

    SF May 27, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • GameCast has Willie Harris in center. Was WMP a late scratch again? If so, that really weakens our lineup considerably…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • GameCast has provided me with that baseball rarity — the two-out inning.

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • willie harris homers tonight. you heard it here first.

    bigclo May 27, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • maybe not

    bigclo May 27, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • Heehee.
    Pena is indeed out with the wrist injury. But Coco is looking at returning as early as tomorrow…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • Our new left-fielder starts off the game well with a single…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • m lor
    the mf’n man

    bigclo May 27, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • And MLor with the first pitch double! 2nd and 3rd for Papi…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • Something tells me Ortiz gets a lot of walks tonight.

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • Sac fly from Ortiz scores Youk. That is a *quick* 1-0 lead — eight pitches into the game.

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • But Nixon pops to third. 1 down for Tek.

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • and ChiSox take the Jays into the 11th. I hope Toronto gets good and tired for Monday. Red Sox will need an edge to beat Halladay.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • McClung pitches Tek like he misread his stats (maybe he thought the .333 OBP was actually his BA), and walks him on 4 pitches.

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • 3-0 to Lowell. This has the makings of a short outing…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • Count now full…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Lowell grounds out. Ah well. For a second there, it looked like we had the makings of a 3- or 4-run inning. Nevertheless, a quick lead for Schilling.

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • harris almost made an incredible catch on that double.

    bigclo May 27, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Wigginton with the one-out double, and now 3-0 to Norton.

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Back to the Schilling of earlier this month. RBI double to Norton. NORTON!

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • Flyout makes two down.

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Now an RBI single from Paul. Not me, I swear!

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Go, D(eath)-Rays, go!

    yankeemonkey May 27, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Finally out of it. Not a good 2nd inning at all from Schilling, and he gives the lead right back and puts the Sox behind. Yuck. At least McClung (funny name alert) hasn’t looked any better.

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • JT Snow gets on with the single…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Cora flies out, top-o-the-order time…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • Whoops forgot about the new Bathroom Break — Willie Harris.

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • ha! paul, you forgot Willie. Not that he’s terribly memorable.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Headin home. Go Sox!

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • McLung coughs up 2 more runs on Nixon’s double.
    Sorry, but somebody had to say it.

    Tom sf May 27, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • I think there is an echo in here.

    Tom sf May 27, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Tom: I don’t think people are too keen to discuss a game that looks like it’s going to have little drama, especially now that we’re up 6-2.
    I, for one, am stuck working, so I *have* to be in front of a computer, but i suspect/hope other people have things to do on the Saturday of a holiday weekend.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • And now I will mutter about Tek’s RISP performance.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • no sadly there are other people with nothing better to do tonight

    Rob May 27, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • Maybe Schilling’s putting people on base again in order to spark some conversation.
    If so, it’s thoughtful of him, but i really wish he wouldn’t.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Any word on Wells today?

    Rob May 27, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • That Herald article Paul links to in the post above says: “David Wells, who took a line drive off the right knee Friday night, has come up ‘clean’ after undergoing an MRI today. In other words, there is no break. ‘But he has a very good bone bruise there, at the least,’ said Francona. The Boomer’s next scheduled start is Wednesday at Toronto; while it’s doubtful he’ll be able to take the ball, Francona is going to hold back on a decision for a couple of days.”

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Curt’s really trying to make this one interesting. Now 6-4…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Yeah, looked like Schilling was doing his impression of Wells’ first start for a couple batters there.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Lowell not doing much tonight.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Lowell and Snow make two quick outs… Come on guys — Schilling obviously needs another run or two…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • This has the making of a scratching your head and trying to figure out what happened game.

    Rob May 27, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Cora caught stealing. Can’t really complain about taking the bat out of Harris’ hands.

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Still, you’d think that if MFYs can get 4 RBIs out of Stinnett today, we could get something going with the bottom of our order.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Schilling responds by K-ing Huff and Wigginton swinging. The innings when he’s not getting tattooed, he’s just not giving em a chance. Odd…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • It seems like he loses focus at times….or worries about overpowering them and gets tagged

    Rob May 27, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Gives up a single, then strikes out Lee. Nice 6th, and Curt’s up to about 95 pitches. We might see him in the 7th, considering the work the pen did last night…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • and considering how he can’t be pleased with himself over all for the outing, I’m sure he’ll demand to be put back out there, too.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • Gamecast is lagging behind again

    Rob May 27, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • Willie got all of that!

    Rob May 27, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • He may demand it, but I’m not too sure it’s a good idea. I would pull him, or at least have a very short leash.

    Tom sf May 27, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Schill needs to take a seat on the bench..he is due for another down inning

    Rob May 27, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Here’s a good article rating the trades and signings during the winter
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/john_donovan/05/26/verdict.moves/index.html

    Rob May 27, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Rob May 27, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • let’s hope Papi makes some noise, gives them some runs that Schilling can give back.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • aw man, Crawford again! we saw enough of him last night.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • thank god

    Rob May 27, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • time for the pen

    Rob May 27, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • now, does Francona accomodate Schilling’s inevitable demand to go back out? I assume we’ll see Timlin, since Francona didn’t use him last night.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • And diwn go the D-Rays… Seven good innings from Schilling…

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Wake starting tomorrow?

    Rob May 27, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • FOULKE?!

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Look for an encore perfomance with some fans

    Rob May 27, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Using Foulke makes no sense. Where is Timlin? Tito is playing with fire here…

    Tom sf May 27, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • I assume Francona wants to save Timlin for the 9th, so he can give Papelbon the night off.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • He looks safe to me. Nice play by Cora, though.

    Tom sf May 27, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • Now I wonder if Francona’s tempted to go with Foulke for the 9th.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • And Foulke says:”Screw you guys!”

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • I was originally thinking Timlin for the 9th, too, but it looked like Pabelbon might be stretching a few minutes ago, but I have the volume off.
    Dr. Jeckyll version of Foulke tonight. I guess the Mr. Hyde version was tired from last night. So far, Tito’s pitching management is working out.

    Tom sf May 27, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Best inning by Foulke in awhile (4 outings?) in my probably-not-accurate memory.

    Devine May 27, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • ha ha. they walked Willie Harris. Suckers.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Is Francona following Torre’s brilliant strategy of using a pitcher till his arm falls off (see: Proctor, Scott)? Seems like Foulke has been pitching in almost every game lately.

    yankeemonkey May 27, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • He’s been pretty decent with Foulke this year. Last year, however, Francona really overworked Mike Timlin.

    Hunter May 27, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • I think that may be the thinking here, trying to keep from burning out Timlin.

    Tom sf May 27, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • And the 8-pitch save!! Man, he’s really good..

    Paul SF May 27, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Well, if Papelbon continues to keep innings that short, he’s doing his part to save him. jeez.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Damn. 8 piches, 3 outs. Is Papelbon actually getting better?

    Tom sf May 27, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • pretty impressive outing, given the line-up. Trot really delivered in the clean-up spot. No errors for Youk, etc.

    stuck working May 27, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • At the rate Papelbon’s going, he’s going to have an ERA in the negatives.

    Hunter May 27, 2006, 10:02 pm

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