1) I don't like Curt Schilling.
2) I don't like the Red Sox.
3) It was long overdue.
I'm not wishing injury upon anyone. I want Schilling on the mound so we can pound the tar out of him and make him cry the way he did during that June game in 2004. By overdue I mean that the nature of pitching- of throwing a ball overhand at 90 mph invites injuries, and the Red Sox didn't have their share last season.
Ronster had a great post a few weeks ago where he blamed the lowering of the mound before the 1969 season for the increase in injuries to pitchers.
I know this is a point I've harped on as the core of success, but I'm going to do it again.
Last season, the Red Sox used only 7 different starters; 5 men started more than 20 games. The 2006 Red Sox used 14 starters; only 3 made 20 starts.
That second set of numbers (14 starters, 3 with 20 GS) lines up exactly with the 2007 Yankees.
There are things you can to try limit injuries (like not hire unqualified trainers who think blown hammies are a good thing), but at some point it comes down to dumb luck. The Sox had a ton of injuries at the end of '06, the Yanks had a ton at the start of '07. Maybe in '08 the shoe will be back on the other foot.
And for our Theo lovers around. Imagine knowing that a guy you're depending on for 150-180 innings is going to miss the whole season, and then not finding a way to get the Santana deal done.
Asleep at the switch?