Schilling V Santana

Past versus present.

In his mid-20's Curt Schilling went through a stint where he owned hitters.  Then, he owned hitters again...through his 30's.  Now Schilling is 39 and fighting to remain a relevant name in pitching conversations.

Johan Santana has just begun.  Cy Young award winner, winner of 17 consecutive decisions, strikeout king.  Satana hasn't hit the proverbial bump in the road; let's hope he doesn't have to.

       Schilling               Santana
Age    IP   K  WHIP   ERA      IP   K  WHIP   ERA

21   14.2   4 2.182  9.82    86.0  64 1.814  6.49
22    8.2   6 1.500  6.23    43.2  28 1.511  4.74
23   46.0  32 1.239  2.54   108.1 137 1.228  2.99
24   75.2  71 1.559  3.81   158.1 169 1.099  3.09
25  226.1 147 0.990  2.35   228.0 265 0.921  2.61
26  235.1 186 1.237  4.02   231.2 238 0.971  2.87

There isn't much to compare.  Both made their debuts at age 21; both didn't become major players until age 25.  Schilling, however, looked like he wasn't viewed as a starter until age 25, his first year with the Phillies.  14 years later, Baltimore and Houston are still kicking themselves.

This season, both pitchers are doing well, but it's all relative.  Santana could have started stronger, and Schilling has been erratic since his May 10 start against the Yankees.

Tonight, you get to see two of the game's behemoths.  It's not quite as fresh as the Liriano/Hernandez ordeal, but it's definately a bigger matchup.  Enjoy the game.

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