Schilling: Worst Closer Ever
Pop quiz hot shot; how many closers have an ERA over 4? (Schilling as a closer is sporting an ERA of 4.26) Of the top 25 closers this season only some dude name Brazoban and Foulke are worse (6.46, and 6.23 respectively) but that doesn't mean having the third worst closer, in Schilling, is an improvement. The sad part is Schilling has a ERA over 6 as well, but 16 of those earnies are from his glory days as a starter (3 starts) earlier this season.
Basically this season Schilling sucks. That's all I can say. He sucked as a starter, and now sucks as a closer. Do I care? Yes, do I fault Schilling? No. It is hard not to argue that Schilling would suck less this year if he never sutured, sliced and diced his ankle tendons last post season. The day of game surgeries were the key to the World Series Championship so one should not complain, but what if that translates to Schilling sucking for the rest of his life? It probably will and I can live with that. How long will this closing experiment go on? How long will Schilling suck? No one knows but if it does go on much longer Schilling should pull a Mark McGwire and retire before his contract is up.