The closer experiment
After Schilling returned from the DL in July, it was to the closer spot in the bullpen, an unfamiliar role for him. He did not have much success out of the pen, saving nine games in 21 appearances with an ugly 5.18 ERA, and allowing an opposing OPS of .816. In eight starts to finish the year, Schilling had similar results, going 3-3 with a 5.08 ERA.
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