Schilling criticized Bombers right-hander Javier Vazquez during a radio appearance on Tuesday, saying that the hurler's sluggish start -- he's 1-3 with a 9.00 ERA in four starts -- was indicative of what the Yankees can expect from him all year.
"He's not a guy that I've ever felt was comfortable in the glow," Schilling told ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd. "You're seeing what you're going to get from him consistently all year. Having said that, he could turn around next week and throw a one-hitter with his stuff. I just don't see him being a consistent winner in the American League."
Vazquez, who does not know Schilling personally, said he was not bothered by the comments.
"I guess everybody is entitled to their opinion," Vazquez said. "I feel good. This is four starts. I know I've struggled, and it's tough. But I've got to get through it and there's a lot of season left."
Vazquez has been among the first to admit that his second tour in pinstripes has not started as well as he would have liked -- in fact, he acknowledged that everything "looks terrible" so far when viewed on paper. But he wasn't about to lose sleep over what Schilling thinks.
"If you listen to everything that everybody has to say in this world, you'll go crazy," Vazquez said. "I never listen to what anybody says. I just go by what the guys here in this clubhouse think."
Schilling said in the ESPN interview that Vazquez is a "phenomenal National League pitcher," but suggested that Vazquez won't be the same pitcher in the American League.
"The National League is an easier league to pitch in, period," Schilling said. "And some guys aren't equipped to get those same outs in the American League, and he's one of those guys."
Of course, Vazquez was a first-half All-Star with the Yankees in 2004, finishing the year 14-10 with a 4.91 ERA. He also won 38 games with the White Sox from 2006-08, pitching more than 200 innings each year with excellent walk-to-strikeout ratios.
"I've had success in the American League," Vazquez said. "I'm just making terrible pitches. When you make terrible pitches in the National League or the American League, they're going to hit you."