Schilling to the bullpen; it's a "good thing"

Written by John Onan

Perhaps Johnny Damon’s in a panic (Why are you guys still petrified ofrepparttar Yankees??) withrepparttar 149428 news of Curt Schilling’s return torepparttar 149429 Red Sox in a bullpen role. But, this latest move by Boston, inrepparttar 149430 wake of Keith Foulke’s injury and ineffectiveness (4 blown saves and a 6.23 ERA), makes perfect sense. Granted,repparttar 149431 Yankee will put together a run at Boston afterrepparttar 149432 All Star break, regardless if Schilling is inrepparttar 149433 bullpen, rotation, or rehab. But, this bullpen is what is keepingrepparttar 149434 Yankees inrepparttar 149435 race, and I give Francona props for wanting to do something about it.

It’s apparent that Schilling’s ankle is not strong enough to pitch 6 or 7 innings at this time (see his last outing for Pawtucket), but he can be very valuable coming out ofrepparttar 149436 pen, and givingrepparttar 149437 team a strong inning or two. The gutsy Schilling actually began his career as a reliever, before becoming one ofrepparttar 149438 premier Starting Pitchers in baseball inrepparttar 149439 past decade. John Smoltz is living proof you can make a successful transformation from staff ace to closer. It doesn’t hurt that Schilling is a well respected veteran, and could provide a calming influence over a not-so-calm state of affairs.

Now, back to Damon’s comments before Wednesday’s game at Texas. “I don't think he's ready to be our closer,I think Bronson (Arroyo) would be our best choice as a closer. That's if Mike Timlin's not it.”. Okay Johnny, if Arroyo heads down torepparttar 149440 bullpen, who takes his place inrepparttar 149441 rotation? Certainly not Schilling, he’d have to remain onrepparttar 149442 sidelines. Unless Boston goes exclusively to a four man rotation, they have to insert Jeremi Gonzalez (or another mediocre hurler) back intorepparttar 149443 “spot starter” role. That would be my idea of “panic”. If Timlin takes over for Foulke as team Fireman, thenrepparttar 149444 entire bullpen will be forced to move up one spot. Like Rocket J Squirrel would say to Bullwinkle “Not again!! That trick never works!!!” Chances are, Theo Epstein will acquire an established middle reliever to help plug uprepparttar 149445 leaks inrepparttar 149446 bullpen boat.

MLB notebook for July 13th

Written by John Onan

Don’t look now, but here comesrepparttar old reliables’ (The Yankees and The Braves). In New York, after allrepparttar 149427 talk of Torre andrepparttar 149428 coaching staff being onrepparttar 149429 hot seat, andrepparttar 149430 team needing to makes this move or that one (this is an all star lineup already, right?), it is now becoming a two team race again inrepparttar 149431 AL East. It’ll come down torepparttar 149432 Yankees andrepparttar 149433 Boston Red Sox, like it always does. In Atlanta,repparttar 149434 Braves limped intorepparttar 149435 break, losing their last two vs. Milwaukee. But, help is onrepparttar 149436 way. Look for Tim Hudson and Mike Hampton to be back inrepparttar 149437 fold byrepparttar 149438 end ofrepparttar 149439 month. I’ve gotta favorrepparttar 149440 Braves if they get into a “heads up” with Washington in September.

Well, in case you guys didn’t know before, David Wells is STILL a jerk. Anyone who compares a guy holding a TV camera within a ten foot vicinity of a Major League ballplayer to sexual assault of a woman is badly out of bounds. Kenny Rogers was no victim in this case, glad he decided to apologize. Hopefully, he will getrepparttar 149441 anger management help he needs.

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