In an argument you thought you never thought you'd hear, well, here it is:
Who Currently Sucks More, Randy Johnson or Curt Schilling?
Actually, it's more of an argument of who has the most room to suck, and who has to pick up their slack before it's too late.
|Story: Randy Johnson has had a shaky start to the 2005 season in pinstripes. He is 1-1 with a 5.13 ERA. He had given up at least 4 runs in his last 3 starts before earning his first victory on Sunday, April 24, 2005 as his Yankees torched the Rangers 11-1.||Story: Curt Schilling has had a rough go of it in his second season with the Idiots. He's 1-2 with a 7.13 ERA. He has given up an average of almost 5 runs per start in his last three starts. Schilling lost his last outing against the Devil Rays, giving up 6 runs.|
The Big Unit has had a storied career laden with success:
~ Earned 5 Cy Young Awards (1995, 1999-2002).
~ Has a career 246-128 record (.658) over 17 years, an average of 14 wins and 7 losses per season.
~ Has 6 300+ strikeout seasons, including 5 straight (1998-2002).
~ Johnson's a workhorse: In his career, he has averaged 7 innings per start, with a career ERA of 3.07.
Schilling, like Johnson, has also had a successful career, but:
~ Has no Cy Young Awards in his cabinet.
~ Has a career 184-123 record (.599) over 17 years, an average of 11 wins and 7 losses per season.
~ Has 3 300+ strikeout seasons, including 2 straight (1997-1998).
~ Schilling is also a workhorse, averaging almost 8 innings per start with a career ERA of 3.32.
|Johnson has won one World Series ring (Arizona 2001), but he has to accredit it in part to Curt Schilling, as both shared MVP honors of their championship. Johnson still has to prove that he can earn a World Series himself.||Schilling has won two World Series rings (Arizona 2001, Boston 2004), and has nothing left to prove, especially after claiming he'd be the one to break the Bambino's Curse. In the World Series, Schilling pitched 6 scoreless innings.|
|Randy Johnson, in the offseason, signed to come to the media capital of the world: New York. The limelight is on him to carry the Yankees into the promised land, and if he doesn't, he'll have to answer to The Boss, George Steinbrenner. That's certainly a heavy burden to carry physically, as well as mentally.||Curt Schilling is returning to Boston for his second season with the Sox. He has little pressure to go out there and repeat what he did in the postseason in 2004. He's accomplished twice what many other players will play 20 years of their career for and never acheive: a World Series. Schill also has his ankle to worry about, as well as his wife, who has cancer.|
The Pick: Randy Johnson must get his act together. Not only is Randy Johnson out to get another World Series ring, he's jumped right in the middle of the heated Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, and the Yankees just lost the last round. The Yankees, Brian Cashman, Joe Torre, and George Steinbrenner are all counting on him to be the same pitcher he's been throughout his career and lead the Yankees to the promised land and beyond. His career is winding down, and while he doesn't have any serious health concerns at the moment, his aging body won't be able to handle the daily grind that is the baseball season. Schilling can take it easy and rehabilitate his ankle and tend to his wife, he doesn't have to prove that he can carry a team to the promised land - he's already done it.