Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Mayday Mayday

From the very first inning I knew something was "off" with our ace, Curt Schilling. His pitches lacked speed and pop and location. The line drive to Coco in centerfield that resulted in a double play and the end of the first inning was hit on the nose, a veritable bullet. It was then that I thought Curt's night might be a short one. The Braves' Chipper Jones summed it up as well as anyone. This is from the Hartford Courant........

"He's not throwing as hard as he used to, obviously," said Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (3-for-5). "The thing that makes Schill so tough is his ability to paint. He can throw that fastball and cutter on both sides of the plate and change speeds with the curveball and split.
"I just had the feeling that he didn't hit his spots tonight. He tried to get the cutter under the lefty's hands and left it out. He tried the backdoor [slider] and got too much plate. He just seemed out of sync."

Peter here. Out of sync for two straight starts, too. When Curt himself was asked if he was hurting in any way, he said and repeated that "it's not any one thing." I don't like the sound of that. Clearly something was wrong. I hope he can fix what ails him, because this 2007 Red Sox team needs him. Badly. Is it MAYDAY time? Not yet, I hope.
Schill's troubles overshadowed a career night for Coco Crisp, who went 4-4 with 2 home runs. Keep it going Coco. Now if JD Drew could approach his numbers from last year and Julio Lugo could bring his batting average up to .275 or so, the club would be so much better off. But first things first....let's get Curt right. That's the most important thing right now for the Boston Red Sox of 2007.
Click on the title of this post for the Boston Globe's Gordon Edes' take on Curt Schilling. So true..........

14 Comments:

At 6/19/2007 7:24 AM, Blogger Carol said...

/From the very first inning I knew something was "off" with our ace/

It didn't take us very long to see "which" Curt we got, did it Peter? It was disappointing. I just hope that they don't freefall on this road trip!

 
At 6/19/2007 8:11 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Carol, I'm thinking you are able to receive NESN, right? And we're right about last night......no pop or pizzazz. I'm a little worried. Josh Beckett, I hope, will be Josh Baseball tonight. That's his winning alter-ego.

 
At 6/19/2007 8:40 AM, Blogger Faith said...

Hello All, just in from Baltimore: We have fired our manager. It's been all the news for most of the season, but as our Kevin Millar said yesterday, "How many times has Perlozzo come in here and said, 'Keep your heads up, play hard.' We've got to do it," Millar said. "He doesn't throw the ball, hit the ball and catch the ball. We've got to do it. It's our business in this clubhouse." So was Sam Perlozza the problem, or the fall guy? Only time will tell. The good news is we have MacPhiel stepping in as CEO. He was with the Cubbies, and knows how to respect fans in losing seasons. he understands small city baseball, so I think he will fit in here nicely.

 
At 6/19/2007 10:01 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hi Faithy........big news from Baltimore! Thanks for sharing......maybe there'll be a new blog called AFF...Almost Famous Faithy??

 
At 6/19/2007 10:55 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Faith, too bad about Perlozzo; I think you're exactly right about him being the fall guy. It probably shoulda been Flanagan that got canned. They've made some poor decisions in the past that have really hurt this once great organization. Hopefully they can find a way to recover soon.

 
At 6/19/2007 12:18 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

BFW...I agree, but you know more than I do about that Baltimore situation....it's always great to hear from Faithy, too! The O's expert, and so much more!

 
At 6/19/2007 1:24 PM, Blogger Katiee said...

good for Coco bad for Curtski I hope he fixesb whatever his problm is cause like you said this team needs him
lets Go Joshua!

 
At 6/19/2007 1:55 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Katiee, I know....we need an effective Schill in 6 days (yes, he WILL get the extra day off). Are you feeling lucky about Josh and the Sox?? Everyone????
I'm not sure....we wiped the floor with the Braves when we played them at the Fens just a few short weeks ago. Our 'pen (Darkman and Paps)....rested!!!! All we need is a one run lead......tonight, in Tomahawk city.
My guess, my hopes? Implied! RSN.......forever.

 
At 6/19/2007 1:58 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And to every one of my readers....thanks! Readers forever! Grill time...if I told you the menu of the sizzling to be stuff, your mouths would water! I'll keep it to myself...for now.
Thanks again for being here....Peter...love ya!!!

 
At 6/19/2007 4:08 PM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Go Josh, so we can win this series! We need him to be leading the way on the mound and Big Papi leading the way in the batter's box.

 
At 6/19/2007 4:17 PM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Except for Wakey, all 40 Years+pitchers lost games, often by overwhelming scores:

My series of articles are up now;

Curt didn't have enough to cut one in the dugout

 
At 6/19/2007 4:18 PM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

& all because of La Russa, who started this 100 Pitch count, guys are lasting longer but are not as effective. Whatever happened to the Complete Game?

 
At 6/19/2007 5:41 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I was disappointed, Michael...tens of tousands of us were!
Josh Beckett, be our Josh Baseball tonight.

 
At 6/20/2007 6:59 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Peter here, on Wednesday morning. And Josh Beckett WAS our ace, Josh Baseball. He's back!

 

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