How does one of the great power pitchers of the last, nearly 15 years, go out to the mound and not have any power? Curt Schilling just wishes he knew. The righty was throwing mid 80s most of the night. It was so bad that you almost couldn’t distinguish his fastball from his changeup.
Is he healthy? Schilling wouldn’t give a straight answer to that question, which leaves one to wonder if he’s at least dealing with a nagging injury.
Here is the transcript of everything he said tonight:
No life on the fastball? “That’s an understatement I think.”
The game in general: “Yeah, that’s embarrassing. I never gave us a chance. You
want to walk around the room and apologize to everybody. Your manager, your
teammates, and fans. There’s just no excuse for a game like that to play out
the way it did. It just happened.”
Last two starts, can you pinpoint why so bad?
“Not any one thing, no.”
Usually you bounce back after a bad start: “That’s what I expect. I would like to think
it’s not something I’ve done a lot in my career. Like I said earlier in the
year, my goal is always to be consistent and to give the team innings. I’ve
been as far from that this year as you can be and it’s frustrating.”
Back to the drawing board? "What I’m doing is not working. I’m not executing, I’m
not … it’s not any one thing. It’s a combination of a lot of different things.
To pinpoint one thing would probably be wrong. It’s more than just any one thing.
Above all else, it’s execution. I’m just not executing.”
Suggested that pitch to Johnson — deep flyout to Coco — was his best heater of the night. Schilling rolled his eyes and said,
“What was that, 89, 90? “
Lack of fastball chiseling away at your confidence? “I’m not pitching well. That’s what chisels away at your
confidence, when you ****. That’s what’s happening. Especially with this team,
you can go out and not thorw well and still win games. Like I said earlier, I
didn’t even give us a chance.”
Giving up a hit to the pitcher after an intentional walk:
"The only thing that bothered me probably more
than anything there is I wanted so badly to step off and to bring Manny in 15
or 20 feet because I watched him swing today just for that reason, to kind of
get a feel for it. He’s done that a couple of times this year and I didn’t. I
was kicking myself in the [behind] after that because I should have.There’s a lot of
things that led up to that that I could have prevented as well.”
Pitch that McCann put out of the yard?
“It was supposed to be a slider down and in and it was a
ball that just backed up belt high, middle.”
Explanation for secondary pitches blending together:
“I don’t, I can’t.”
Anything from a health standpoint, “There’s no one thing right now.”
How is your health?
“Like I said, it’s not any one thing.
I struggled and these last two starts have been just terrible. I’m better than
that and it’s frustrating.”
Clearly Schilling is at his wit’s end here trying to figure this out. You have to think the extra day of rest — thank you Thursday off-day — won’t hurt going into his Sunday start in San Diego.
Kind of ironic that Coco’s huge game offensively (4-for-4, 2 homers) comes in a losing effort. It just seems that even when things go right for Coco over these two years in Boston, they aren’t quite right. By the way, Coco is in the midst of a weird media boycott. Not sure what the deal is there.
Anyway, that’s all for now.