Until the game begins we have no idea what to expect out of Schilling and Carmona tonight. Fans of each team can look back on past performance, excluding Game 2, and pull out examples for why they think each pitcher will deliver their teams the victory. Fausto had that 3-hit performance against the Yankees (albeit, he faced the choking Yankees and the game was at Jacobs Field) and Schilling has some of the greatest post-season performances in the past 15 years (albeit, he is a vastly different pitcher today than any of those instances).
But, we do have the ability to look at how the "head" game has started, and at this time neither has struck me as winning, yet. Schilling stands out as saying some strange things and appears to be reaching when he says he is a better pitcher than the Bloody Sock Game. In fact, he says he is "scared to death" - whoa!
Still, this is Schilling and if he wasn't a dumb kid during his first several seasons, we would be talking about Carmona going up against a Hall of Fame pitcher, and that certainly scares me... but not to death.
Fausto rehashed his pitching coach's remarks ("I was trying to be a little too fine") and saying that he put the last game behind him. Typical comments, and the safe comments for a young pitcher who does not speak English. I would have liked to hear Fausto say something a little different, but I can't put words in his mouth.
I hope that Carmona really has put the game behind him. Fenway Park has a lot of ghosts for him and since I have not seen him vanquish them (including the Game 2 start), I cannot go into this game with much confidence. I'm certainly hopeful - very hopeful - but not overly confident.