Schilling: S(c)helling or S(c)hutout?

Make your best guesses in this thread, devoted to all of tonight’s action, both east coast and west.  What will Curt do?  Will he make a claim for his spot in the rotation, or will he remind us of the fact that he should have rehabbed elsewhere for a month (or longer) prior to re-taking his spot?

Make me look stupid, Curt.  PLEASE.

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  • the thing about Schilling is that he can have one of those strange games like 04/18/05… the good and the bad.
    5.0 11 5 5 0 2 10

    Ric August 30, 2005, 3:20 pm
  • I’m keeping my fingers crossed during all of this one, especially since Kazmir is pitching for the Rays. Could be a very ugly night, or it could be a laugher…

    Sox Fan in VT August 30, 2005, 4:41 pm
  • Good start, Curt. Not.

    SF August 30, 2005, 7:08 pm
  • Another strange inning. 2 strikeouts, 2 solid hits, an earned run. Decent control, but fat pitches when ahead in the count. Not too encouraging, but perhaps he’ll get looser and improve as we go along. Not placing bets, though.

    SF August 30, 2005, 7:18 pm
  • Meanwhile, Scott Kazmir hits Graffanino with the first pitch of the game, a fastball straight to Graf’s back, and the Sox (and Rays) are now under general warning, hastily issued by the home plate ump. So now, after ONE pitch from the Devil Rays, Curt has to be very careful even thinking about using the inside of the plate. Residue of the history between these two teams, I suppose.

    SF August 30, 2005, 7:21 pm
  • More extra base hits, again. Schilling not bringing anything, again. YF is obviously not watching, but will be sure to offer us his thoughts on Curt’s outing tonight, and tout it because he hasn’t walked anyone yet, again.
    The Devil Rays are just bombing away.

    SF August 30, 2005, 7:35 pm
  • Well, at least he’s not making me look stupid.

    SF August 30, 2005, 7:37 pm
  • Wow. Any other pitcher would have been gone by now, but once again it looks like Tito is letting Curt “get his work in”. 5-0, every ball just creamed, and nobody up in the pen. I think it’s fair to say this is not Francona’s finest moment. Or the front office’s. Very, very ugly piece of personnel management.

    SF August 30, 2005, 7:41 pm
  • Why do I feel like the sky just fell on the Red Sox hopes of repeating?

    MJL in L.A. August 30, 2005, 7:43 pm
  • You know when SF writes the sentence “The Devil Rays are just bombing away,” and what’s worse, HE’S RIGHT, the Sox are in deep trouble.

    MJL in L.A. August 30, 2005, 7:45 pm
  • Hey, I’m right all the time!
    But even if, as MJL says, the sky is falling in on a repeat, we have to maintain our perspective here. Schilling’s postseason heroics are what have hurt him for this season, and without those heroics we wouldn’t even be in a position to repeat. So it’s kind of hard to complain about the repeat not looking so possible, though it’s not that hard to complain about the fact that Schilling is still pitching tonight.

    SF August 30, 2005, 7:51 pm
  • This game is getting interesting.

    SF August 30, 2005, 8:35 pm
  • Does Curt have dyed hair? Or is just my tv?
    Schilling’s got good velocity but, as SF points out, he’s hitting the fat part of the plate. That Lugo out was hit pretty hard.

    Nick August 30, 2005, 9:08 pm
  • Well, a somewhat redemptive 4 innings for Curt, but his ERA still went up, and the Sox still trail. Tough to know what’s coming in 5 days, but Schilling will surely be run out there again (he may still be back for the 7th, though he’s thrown plenty of pitches).
    And where is everyone?!

    SF August 30, 2005, 9:09 pm
  • WOOHOO!! TURNING POI–er, sorry, turned into a hyperbolic Yankees fan for a second there.

    SF August 30, 2005, 10:34 pm
  • I was ready to throw in the towel on Schilling for the rest of ’05 after the 2nd inning. Now I’m not so sure. He looked more like vintage Schill from the 3rd through the 6th. Is it OK for me to be cautiously optimistic?
    Despite the early hole, he did exactly what he had to do afterwards–keep the team in the game. And the result was a win. I’ll take it, thanks.

    Sox Fan in VT August 31, 2005, 4:12 am
  • SF, your absolutely right Sox fans would know nothing of hyperbole.

    Bozo August 31, 2005, 8:42 am
  • Bozo: we Sox fans have lived hyperbole, so I figure I am reasonably able to identify it when I see it.

    SF August 31, 2005, 9:05 am
  • Would this qualify as hyperbole or just plain BS:
    We are now supposed to believe that because of 86 years of losing and choking Sox fans are better fans than any others? I also love the we wish we had lost line. This must be a joke, right? This guy actually gets paid to write this crap? SOME (note the emphasis) Sox fans really need help.

    Bozo August 31, 2005, 10:17 am
  • That article that Bozo linked to is pure garbage. I almost commented on it, but it struck me as so magnificently stupid it didn’t even warrant criticism. Bozo and I have something in common, shockingly.

    SF August 31, 2005, 11:31 am
  • I’m embarrassed to look back at my posts from last night. Something about those first two innings conjured from the darkest reaches of my soul the paranoid Sox fan of yesteryear — the one who still lives, I suspect, in all of us. It’s all very Bruce Banner. Now hoist your bloody socks, and onward to September!

    MJL in L.A. August 31, 2005, 1:33 pm
  • It’s way too early to worry about how Curt is doing. It’s like this is the beginning of the season for him, while serving as a closer was his preseason. He needs to be out there every 5th so that he’ll be ready for the postseason.

    Mike August 31, 2005, 1:48 pm
  • It’s way too early to worry about how Curt is doing.
    Hardly. It’s about to be September, there’s a slim lead in the division (and the wild card, to boot), and a guy who’s going out every 5th day giving up 8 runs per 9 innings is not that affordable. It’s very much worth worrying about. That’s not a chicken little attitude, but a pragmatic one.

    SF August 31, 2005, 2:30 pm

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