Wednesday, April 26, 2006

133 - Too Many Too Early

Even if the Red Sox weren't already short one starting pitcher... even if Curt Schilling "felt great"... even if he "really didn't have to work hard until the sixth" inning... even if an impressive (and extremely rare) 5th April win for Schilling was at stake, a 40 year old pitcher should NEVER throw 133 pitches this early in the year. Especially when he is a number 1 or 2 pitcher that relies on power pitching. There is just way to much at risk. Any pitch can be the straw that breaks the camels back. There's no arguing the fact that you get more injury prone as you get more fatigued. Now, someone like Tim Wakefield who throws a knuckle ball, might be able to get away with it from time to time, but I still wouldn't recommend it often.

The only time that you do it without question is simple. It's the playoffs of course (or trying to make the playoffs). A pitcher being rested doesn't mean squat if it means going home for the season. For the very same reason, you have to keep them healthy now so you can consider playoff implications. It's clear, that this team will fare better in the playoffs with a healthy Curt Schilling than without. One game in April will not cost you the playoffs unless it costs you an ace.

Does it seem like the Sox got lucky here? So far, yes. A couple days and we'll see. Lets hope Curt and Francona were right.

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