As Close As One Can Get

Curt Schilling pitched a 1-hitter today losing his no-hit bid with 2 outs in the 9th. Shannon Stewart broke up the no-no.

The no-hitter would have been nice, but the win was better. The Red Sox bats have gone flat, so Schilling took it upon himself to prove the axiom that good pitching beats good hitting. Schilling stepped up today putting an end to a 4 game skid, like any good stopper.

I’m not sure Schilling will be in Boston next season, but he really stepped up to the plate today. He was hitting 93 mph on his fastball, about as hard as he’s thrown all season (I think he hit 94 once 1 or 2 starts ago).

Over the past 5 games, Boston has been outscored:

12-16.

That means they’ve averaged 2.4 runs and allowed an average of 3.2. That tells me it isn’t the pitching, it’s the offense. Over that 5 game stretch, Boston has 11, 10, 3, 8 and 4 hits while drawing 4, 1, 7, 3 and 3 walks. Boston has had men on base, but they haven’t brough them home. They’ve hit into a ton of double plays over this rough patch.

Like I said yesterday, Boston is allowed a losing streak, but it would be nice to see the offense wake up a bit. They are 3rd overall in runs score, so I don’t know how much more we can expect.

Boston heads to Arizona for 3 starting Friday night.

These west coast trips are tough. The games are either on far too late to be practical or too early to be seen by anyone that has to work.