Schill back to Fenway hill
Even on the morning of the World Series parade, Curt Schilling sounded like he was preparing himself for the inevitability of leaving the Red Sox. Maybe the right-hander didn’t know quite how much the Red Sox wanted him back.
Now, it is a done deal. He will in fact pitch for the Sox in ’08 and it makes perfect sense. Schilling loves pitching in Boston and the Red Sox weren’t going to find a replacement on a market that has almost no pitching.
This is yet another reason why the Red Sox went so hard for Dice-K last winter. They knew that available pitching was drying up and that teams that have quality arms tend to keep them under their contractual control in this day and age.
So Schilling has incentives this time around and that might drive him to have more of a wire-to-wire season than he had in 2007.
Sure, you could have plotted out a rotation of Beckett-Matsuzaka-Wakefield-Lester-Buchholz. But you can never bank on the success of young pitchers. Also, you can never count on all five of your pitchers staying healthy.
The staff looks a lot deeper with Schilling coming back.
Now, it’s on to MIke Lowell. It sounds like the Red Sox are very determined to bring him back and that’s a good thing. It’s hard to imagine this team without him.