Without Curt Schilling the Red Sox will be fine…as long as they do not suffer too many injuries to the starting rotation. With Schilling the Red Sox have six starters and Julian Tavarez…without Schilling they have five starters and Tavarez. I feel good about it either way, but obviously I will feel better if Schilling can make a decent amount of starts this season. Lester and Buchholz both have the potential to be better than Schilling would be this year, and they both may in fact be better. But having Schilling insures that they can limit the innings of the youngsters, and Schilling too, as he is simply old in baseball terms. And of course, once the postseason rolls around, and if the Red Sox are in it, I WANT Schilling on the mound. He could be pitching with his arm hanging off and still manage a quality start in a big game. But that being said the Sox will be good with or without Schilling. But I do hope he can be a somewhat meaningful piece of the rotation this year.