The Red Light Schilling parade continues…
…everywhere you turn, the question appears: “Is Curt Schilling a Hall-of-Famer?” (Michael Kay even asked Paul O’Neill the question during this evening’s YES coverage of the Sox-Yanks game.)
Well, to that question, I offer two words: David Wells.
Curt Schilling pitched in the major leagues from 1988 through 2007 – playing for 5 different teams. David Wells pitched in the major leagues from 1987 through 2007 – playing for 9 different teams. Let’s look at each of these pitchers as starters, non-starters, and during the post-season:
- Curt Schilling made 436 starts, pitching 3,079.3 innings, going 206-134, with an ERA of 3.43 during his career.
- David Wells made 489 starts, pitching 3,171.6 innings, going 221-144, with an ERA of 4.21 during his career.
- Curt Schilling pitched out of the bullpen 133 times during his career – throwing 181.6 innings while allowing an opponent’s OPS of .686 and an ERA of 3.62.
- David Wells pitched out of the bullpen 171 times during his career – throwing 267.3 innings while allowing an opponent’s OPS of .680 and an ERA of 3.23.
During the post-season:
- Curt Schilling pitched in 19 post-season games, all starts, throwing 133.3 innings, going 11-2 with an ERA of 2.23.
- David Wells pitched in 27 post-season games, 17 being starts, throwing 125 innings, going 10-5 with an ERA of 3.17.
Two pitchers who threw in the same exact era. And, their numbers as starters, relievers, and post-season pitchers are extremely close. Therefore, if Curt Schilling is a Hall-of-Famer, then so is David Wells. Think about that the next time you hear the question “Is Curt Schilling a Hall-of-Famer?”