Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling on D&C: 'I'm not sure' Red Sox can turn it around

June 24, 2015 - 5:43 am

ESPN baseball analyst and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling made his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning and talked about the Red Sox and Joe Kelly'€™s struggles. To listen to the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Schilling said that despite the lofty expectations, the disappointing Red Sox simply may not be a team capable of turning the ship around and playing better.

"I'd love to think that they'€™re going to turn it around, I'd love to think that they're going to do the things we'€™d like them to do, but I'm not sure that's who they are," Schilling said.

According to Schilling, the Sox' inability to gather and maintain momentum is a result of inconsistencies across the roster, but largely caused by the team's pitching.

"A lot of what you see from three weeks ago or two weeks ago or five days ago, the reason you don't see that sustained thing is the pitching," Schilling said. "When you run starters out there to the end of the sixth and seventh and eighth innings, those are different clubs.

"It's game-changing, obviously, and there aren't a lot of those teams out there. But on the nights that the pitching doesn't come up big, the offense scores eight or nine. They can't do either of those things consistently."

Schilling raved about the natural ability Kelly possesses. However, he indicated that Kelly may not have his thoughts organized on the mound.

"The stuff that he has is otherworldly," Schilling said. "And again, not the fastball, he's got tremendous breaking stuff. But it's stuff, and until you put it together it stays stuff. ... I haven't seen adjustments. I haven't seen a game plan. I don't feel like I know what he's trying to do night to night much less hitter to hitter. ... I might be missing it, but I don't feel like there's a cohesive game plan, or if there is he's not able to execute and follow it."

Schilling said that Kelly is a rare specimen in his capacity to put it all together.

"I've seen very few guys with that good of stuff that are marginal players. Very few. You're talking upper 90s ... and wipeout breaking stuff. That usually comes together," he said.

Cuban import Rusney Castillo was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday after not receiving much playing time at the big league level. With Castillo receiving a $72.5 million contract, some have been disappointed his output thus far and his subsequent demotion.

"The only reason you expected more is because of the amount of money he signed for. ... With those numbers come expectations, right or wrong, fair or not," Schilling said.

Schilling expressed that, generally speaking, expectations have to be tempered for Cuban players.

"These guys are huge gambles. I get the raw physical stuff that attracts them and gets them this kind of money, but there is no game like the big leagues. There is no game on the planet, I don't care how good they are, where the game moves as fast and everybody is as good," Schilling said.

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