Sunday, March 12, 2006

A Head Hunter Now? Please Say It Ain't So Curt.

It seems that our ace Curt Schilling has become a force on the inner half of the plate. Indeed, some say he has claimed the territory INSIDE the inner black of the plate. One person in particular. And not the player who was hit in the head yesterday, but his manager, Jim Tracy. From The Hartford Courant....."But if you start hitting people in the head, you got to be very careful," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said Saturday after watching one of his young players, Chris Duffy, get drilled in the head by a fastball from Schilling.
Tracy defended Schilling, saying the Red Sox ace doesn't try to hurt people. But he had a much different reaction when told that Schilling said Duffy should have been able to avoid getting beaned.
"He did?" Tracy said.
Pirates left fielder Craig Wilson was furious.
"Maybe he needs to stop throwing at [expletive] people's heads," Wilson said."
***Peter here again. I think Schill is assuming too much. A player has little time to even react to a fastball aimed inside, high and inside, much less be successful in backwardly ducking and dodging the round missle. C'mon Curt. Don't aim at people's heads. And we all know it is not a matter of lack of control. He has hit only 47 players in 514 career games. Not bad. I think the left fielder for the Pirates, Craig Wilson, summed it up best. Again from The Courant....."A pitcher should throw the ball over the plate. He shouldn't be throwing at the guy's head," Wilson said. "You can pitch inside, but you don't throw at someone's head. There's no other way to say it. He hit him in the head. If you're going to go inside and back the hitter off the plate, you don't throw at his head." ***Amen Craig. I could not have said it better. Curt, don't do this. You are a great pitcher who has the God-given ability to pinpoint the location of your pitches. Throw the ball inside? YES! But below the head, chest level or lower. Nothing is more effective than taking the hitter's legs out from under him with a well thrown brush back. Don't take someone's life into your right hand. Nothing is worth it. It's a game. Down and in, Curt. You bet. Up and in? No way. By the way, he looked fine for 3 innings, and I am in no way worried about his progress so far. And David Wells will pitch on Thursday. And there is no hurry. We will not need a 5th starter until April 15th. 2 off days in early April is the reason. And Josh Beckett, throwing 40 of his 60 pitches for strikes, threw 4 scoreless against minor leaguers.
Lastly, 9PM is BIG tonight, as the last, 2 part final season of THE SOPRANOS begins its last hurrah. Way to go HBO. And hold on to your hats...the first 2 episodes are supposed to be great, a launching pad for mesmerizing Sunday night viewing. Bada bing bada boom to you all.


At 3/12/2006 12:32 PM, Anonymous Cyn said...

I watched the game, Peter, and there's no way Schilling was throwing at the guy's head. The guy didn't even move when the pitch came in. I'm not blaming him for getting him, but Curt certainly wasn't looking to hit anyone. He was pitching a perfect game up until that point, there was no reason to. This is the second Pirate to be hit in the head this week - maybe their hitting coach needs to teach these guys what to do at the plate?

They're the Pirates for crying out loud...not really necessary to throw at one of the worst teams in MLB.

At 3/12/2006 12:47 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I did not see the game, as I was still a little in recovery mode from the night before. I think Schill wants the reputation as one who isn't afraid to throw inside. He doesn't want to hurt anyone. But I can also understand the Pirate's stance. 2 guys in a week and a half. Schill wll be fine, and that's the greatest thing about this whole little broo-ha-ha (never used that term in a sentence and probably mispelled the heck out of it). Or maybe not. Take care.

At 3/13/2006 11:56 AM, Blogger Rebecca said...

one could say that those low career numbers for HBP's are closely related to the fact that he's never used the inside fastball before. I didn't see it either, but I do think there will be a period of adjustment for schill on this pitch. he needs to sharpen his location before he uses the UP-and-in, I agree.

At 3/13/2006 1:01 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

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