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A Schilling breakdown by Schilling

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38 Pitches:

Not sure where to even start. Two words sum it up best, no command. Can't remember a game where I couldn't make adjustments but today was certainly one of those. Not so much the secondary pitches but no fastball command is not something that happens much, if at all, over an entire game (even if the `game' for me only lasts 4 innings).

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8 Hits on 7 different counts. A huge bug for me last year was first pitch hits, which doesn't happen until the final two hits in the fourth today. All five runs score with 2 outs. I had more than ample chances to make this a game, and never did. Inconsistent command and horrific execution cost us the game.

Schilling didn't pitch that well -- that's a given -- but I think he's going to be hard on himself all season long. He could pitch a complete game four hitter and he'll beat himself up mentally about why he gave up those four hits. He's a perfectionist, but he's not going to be perfect everytime.

Like Schill said, he command was way off. His fastball didn't hit his spots and that was his biggest problem, in my opinion. When his fastball was erratic, he had to rely on throwing other pitches for strikes and that tended to result in a hit.

The changeup was obviously off. It was left fat and out over the plate. The movement looked good on it, but hitters were just teeing off on him. The splitters also stayed up in the zone too much. When his splitter hits the dirt, that's when it is at its best.