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Deputy Marshall
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#1 Posted on 23.7.05 2326.24
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From MSNBC:

Curt Schilling told the Boston Globe that he feels he's ready to be put back into the starting rotation.

    Originally posted by Curt Schilling
    "I think I can go back and start right now. If I had a couple starts where I throw only 100 pitches, I think I can do that. I think I'm much closer to being able to do that than I was seven days ago. ... I want to go back in the rotation as soon as I possibly can. Me going back in the rotation is not solely dependent on me. If I go back next week, I'll be ready."


In addition to basically saying his pitch count wouldn't be able to go over 100, he also admits to not feeling any better physically than when he was first brought back in relief as a closer. That to me says that you're not ready to be put into a starting rotation, but hey, I could be wrong in that assessment.

Two questions:

One, do the Red Sox need him that desperately to start? It doesn't seem like their bullpen would be strong enough to warrant over-working them by putting someone in the starting rotation who wouldn't be able to stay in terribly long.

Two, would it be better to move him to middle relief before throwing him back in as a starter?

Edit - I thought I put the thread title in as "Schilling: 'I think I can go back and start right now.' " Must've been a brainfart. My apologies.

(edited by Deputy Marshall on 24.7.05 0027)

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#2 Posted on 23.7.05 2344.20
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    Originally posted by the Deputy
    In addition to basically saying his pitch count wouldn't be able to go over 100, he also admits to not feeling any better physically than when he was first brought back in relief as a closer. That to me says that you're not ready to be put into a starting rotation, but hey, I could be wrong in that assessment.


I doubt that they were going to let him pitch over a hundred for his first few starts anyway. Even if he's on a pretty strict 90-100 pitch limit, that should still put him somewhere in the neighborhood of five to six innings - innings that would otherwise go to...Wade Miller?


    One, do the Red Sox need him that desperately to start? It doesn't seem like their bullpen would be strong enough to warrant over-working them by putting someone in the starting rotation who wouldn't be able to stay in terribly long.


Well, assuming that they don't make a trade, the bullpen will add someone (presumably Miller or maybe Arroyo) that can work as a long reliever. So even if Schilling isn't able to go that deep, they should have an extra arm that can compensate for the lost innings.


    Two, would it be better to move him to middle relief before throwing him back in as a starter?


I don't think so. If Schilling is good enough to pitch (though perhaps not 100%), they need to have him pitching as a starter (taking a large number of innings) or as a closer (to pitch a smaller, but perhaps more important, number of innings, especially while Foulke is out). Personally, I don't think that they can afford to have Schilling pitch the sixth inning or do a couple innings of mop-up duty (unless of course my Orioles and the Yankees continue to had the Sox the division for the taking).

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#3 Posted on 24.7.05 0129.39
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I think based on the fact that Matt Clement's beginning to have a midseason meltdown, Boston could use Schilling at his best. And considering that Baltimore just traded for a big bat in the form of Phil Nevin, Boston's going to need Schilling's arm if they have hopes of staying in first.

EDIT: If the rumored Wickman-to-Boston deal happens, then Schilling definitely goes back into the rotation.

(edited by It's False on 23.7.05 2332)
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#4 Posted on 24.7.05 0756.52
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Schilling is capable of starting? Well, it would be nice if he was capable of not struggling against the first few batters he faced. Look at the other bullpen options: Timlin is needed in the 8th, and he was awful as a closer when he was in his prime. Myers and Bradford are specialists. Jeremi Gonzalez is a serviceable long man. Halama is crap. Wells, Miller and Clement wouldn't be placed in the pen. Arroyo struggles at Fenway and against left handed hitters, a dangerous combination. That means, barring trade or rolling the dice with a minor leaguer, Wakefield would be your only other closing choice. He went 14 out of 16 in emergency duty in '99. However, he might be hitting one of his bad streaks, and Varitek catching him in late innings is scary(see Game 5 ALCS).
Now, if the Red Sox have any hopes in October, do they need Schilling in the front of the rotation? Yes. However, right now, 6 innings from Schilling is meaningless if the arson squad comes out behind him.

(edited by redsoxnation on 24.7.05 0858)
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#5 Posted on 24.7.05 2306.32
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    Originally posted by It's False
    EDIT: If the rumored Wickman-to-Boston deal happens, then Schilling definitely goes back into the rotation.

    (edited by It's False on 23.7.05 2332)


What's the rumoured deal your hearing with Wickman? Youkilis?
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