Thursday, February 7, 2008

Schilling's Career In Jeopardy

First it was the Patriots choking in historic fashion and now the future of Red Sox savior Curt Schilling is in doubt. The Boston Herald is reporting that Schilling has a serious shoulder injury, possibly to the rotator cuff or labrum, that might require season-ending surgery. Given that he is already 41, Schilling would have a tough time rehabbing from this type of surgery and may be forced to retire.

Fantasy Impact

Boy what a different a week makes up in beantown! At this time last week, the Patriots were all but being handed the Vince Lombardi trophy and crowned the NFL's first 19-0 team while the Red Sox starting pitching looked so good that the team passed on Johan Santana. If Schilling is indeed done for the season, I'm guessing Jon Lester and Jacoby Ellsbury for a 1-2 punch of Johan Santana and Josh Beckett is looking pretty good.

Removing Schilling from the 2 slot in the Red Sox rotation suddenly makes them far more vulnerable and serves to reduce the fantasy values of the remaining starters. Dice-K, Buchholz and Lester each are now bumped up a spot in the rotation giving them less favorable matchups each time out while Wakefield reemerges as the 5th starter. While I think Buchholz and Lester should be allright, Matsuzaka could struggle facing improved competition and I think needs to be downgraded a bit.

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