August 09, 2011

The WAR Set: Card #4

2004 UD Diamond All-Star #4 Curt Schilling
6.4 Wins Above Replacement

In November of 2003, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded Curt Schilling to the Boston Red Sox and his first year in Boston did not disappoint.  Schilling finished the year with a 21-6 record while recording a 3.26 ERA and posting a 5.80 strikeout to walk ratio.  During the 2004 ALCS Schilling cemented his legacy in Red Sox history.  Schilling had a minor surgical procedure done on his ankle prior to game 6 against the rival New York Yankees and as the game wore on, Schilling's sock became soaked with blood that had seeped from the sutures around the ankle.  With the bloody sock, Schilling pitched seven strong innings to help force a game 7 which the Red Sox won as well.  He also won Game 2 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals and helped Boston rid themselves of the Bambino's Curse en route to winning their first World Series title in 86 years.  Schilling finished second in the 2004 AL Cy Young voting behind Johan Santana

Loved to pitch against Rey Ordonez: 1 for 20 with 5 strikeouts (.100 OPS)
Loathed to face Derrek Lee: 11 for 26 with 5 home runs (1.521 OPS)

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