A lot of good stuff at 38 Pitches the day after Curt Schilling fanned 10 Indians in Trot Nixon's return to Fenway Park. Schilling attributed a lot of his success to Sox pitching coach John Farrell:
Needless to say he said some things that clicked for me and we spoke at length about the two biggest items on my `to do' list which were addressing the lack of command on the fastball and the fact that the split is not, and really has not been splitting for a very long time now.
Schilling said his splitter was back to top form during last night's victory:
Back story to the splitter. In 1998, middle of the season, I began to throw the split and at times it would sail wildly from right to left, like a huge cutter. It's an unhittable pitch but impossible to actually try and throw it. It would happen from time to time but was never predictable and never controllable. I didn't know why but a few times during the season it happened, and started to happen more frequently. The pitch also began to stop dropping as hard, instead it would float or just sort of softly descend into the strike zone. Throwing hard made that not such a bad thing because it would catch hitters off guard and freeze them when it happened with two strikes. I never knew why but around that same time I started to develop a natural cutter. I didn't want the ball to cut, it just did. For someone that relies on the ball being in an exact spot when it crosses the plate this is not a good thing. The cutter came and went, as did the split.
Schilling had kind words for his former teammate:
I like this part, especially: