Schilling brings rich history vs. Braves

Schilling brings rich history vs. Braves

Curt Schilling has faced the Atlanta Braves 39 times. He has a full season's worth of experience (221 1/3 innings) against them. No single member of the Red Sox has a history as rich against a single National League team.

As a member of the Phillies and Diamondbacks, Schilling beat the Braves 12 times in 29 starts, a figure that does not include the playoffs. As the ace of 1993 NL champion Philadelphia, Schilling twice dominated Steve Avery and the Braves in the NL Championship Series, racking up 19 strikeouts and allowing three earned runs in 16 innings.

The Phillies won both games, but it wasn't until 2001 that Schilling earned his first playoff win against Atlanta. As the right-handed side of Arizona's two-headed monster with Randy Johnson, Schilling pitched a 12-strikeout complete game in the 2001 NL Division Series, which the Diamondbacks won in five games.

On Monday, Schilling will find himself on the other side of the annual battle of old Boston. Fans would be hard-pressed to find a pitcher who tormented the Boston Braves, who moved south via Milwaukee at mid-century, as much as much as Schilling has beleaguered the Atlanta bunch.

The names and faces of the youthful Braves have changed, but Schilling will recognize some of them. He pitched well in Interleague starts at Turner Field in 2004 and 2006, both Red Sox wins. He will certainly recognize the environs, where he has started 11 times, despite leaving the NL in 2003.

The Braves will counter with changeup artist Chuck James, who has largely carried over the momentum from his pleasing rookie campaign of 2006. James has never faced the Red Sox.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (6-3, 3.80 ERA)
Schilling is coming off one of his worst starts of the season against Colorado, in which he allowed six two-out runs. He has dazzled in his career at Turner Field, carrying a 7-3 record, 2.64 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 81 2/3 innings.

ATL: LHP Chuck James (5-6, 4.16 ERA)
James, whose fastball hovers in the high 80s, left the ball up against Minnesota in his last start. As a result, he was pounded; he yielded six runs, all earned, on nine hits and three homers. Before the debacle at the Metrodome, James had thrown quality starts in his previous three outings.

Player to watch
Atlanta's Chipper Jones, the only Brave with a modest track record of success against Schilling, just recently returned from the disabled list and will be making his first start at third base after three games as a DH in Minnesota and Cleveland. He has a .508 lifetime slugging percentage against Schilling in 59 career at-bats.

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Up next
• Tuesday: Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 9-1, 3.39) at Braves (Tim Hudson, 6-4, 3.25), 7:35 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Red Sox (Julian Tavarez, 4-4, 4.97) at Braves (Buddy Carlyle, 1-1, 4.44), 7:35 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off-day

Alex McPhillips is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.