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..........