Polishing the Silva

carlos y carlosLast year I traveled to Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend to see the Cubs and Cardinals do battle. My companion was a neighbor friend who also happens to be a Redbird fan.

I discovered too far out of town to turn back that I’d forgotten the tickets for the Friday afternoon game. Luckily we overcame that absentmindedness at the Wrigley Field ticket window when I was able to verify that I had indeed purchased the seats in question and duplicate tickets were issued. But that snafu on top of the clogged vehicular traffic in downtown Chicago and the really clogged human traffic on the CTA Red Line left us barely enough time to scramble into position down in the right field corner ahead of the first pitch.

Six batters, 16 pitches and six hits later the Cubs’ starter that day, Randy Wells, was already finished and the visitors were well on their way to an easy win. I’m not sure I’d even caught my breath by the time the game was effectively over.

The next day we got to the ballpark early and were able to score club boxes behind the St. Louis dugout. This time the Cub starter was Carlos Silva and he did a little better than Wells had managed the day before. He threw exactly 100 pitches in his seven scoreless innings and gave up only two harmless hits. He didn’t walk anyone and fanned 11. I also recall the Cubs’ other Carlos coming in from the bullpen for the second straight day and the two triples legged out by Mike Fontenot as the Cubs evened the series.

In the rubber game on Sunday Albert Pujols belted a hat trick of homers and our rivals coasted again.  My only consolation was that we were listening from the road on the car radio, much to the chagrin of my driver. Ryan Dempster labored through 125 pitches in 6+ innings and broke the sweat that neither Wells nor Silva had.

That weekend was rock bottom for Wells and as good as it got for Silva. They have since passed each other headed in opposite directions. Meanwhile the workmanlike Dempster has ascended through attrition to staff ace and the Cubs have replaced one beefy, erratic Carlos with another. I hope the one named Zambrano is anywhere near as good in 2011 as the one named Silva was that day last year.

And if he can do it against the Cardinals, so much the better.



"That weekend was rock bottom for Wells"

Understatement of the year.

He was probably hung over for that day game.

Silva was truly a cancer in the clubhouse. Right out of the gate he was blaming everybody but himself for being out of shape and full of suck. Worse: He had both Zambrano and Garza inventing excuses when they had problems in spring training. Not good.

On the other hand, there are a lot of self-styled pundits, especially from Seattle, pretending that Silva's release means that they won the Bradley-Silva trade. All I can say is, THINK about it. The Cubs gave you Bradley knowing that Silva went 5-18 with a 6.81 ERA for the previous two years. They didn't care, they just wanted Bradley gone. What's more, the dirty little semi-secret is Seattle is picking up almost half of tubby's salary. And, even better, he won 10 games last year! That's all the Cubs could have reasonably expected for two years of Silva. So, basically the Cubs got their money's worth in six months and were able to dump him, but Seattle is still stuck trying to get some value out of MB for aonther season. The nightmare continues.

Elsewhere, JAKE FOX just hit his 10th spring training home run.... Still not guaranteed a job.

"[Silva] had both Zambrano and Garza inventing excuses when they had problems in spring training. Not good."

Is there a source for this?

Ricketts Haters Monthly

LOL. Where do we subscribe?

w.castillo optioned to AAA for those still crossing their fingers on that one.

and so his future march back to the bigs begins...

Free beef welington!!!

Koyie Hill must have some disgusting naked pictures of a fat, bald, threesome between Quade, Lou, and Hendry the Hutt.

Max Ramirez on waivers, per Ken Rosenthal.

Ken_Rosenthal Ken Rosenthal
On waivers: #Diamondbacks' Tony Abreu, #Mets' Luis Hernandez, #Cubs' Max Ramirez, #Royals' Gregor Blanco. #MLB

Meanwhile, another 0-3 performance fro KOYIIIEEEEE! I am so sick of him!

i just wonder what the plan is if k.hill puts in 50-100 crap ABs and they decide a mid-season change is in order.

wonder what the cubs will do with max ramirez position-wise in AAA if he passes through waivers and the cubs have the option to keep him.

because people are keeping track...

"Mark Prior is expected to stay back in Tampa to participate in extended spring training."

Don't you mean MARK PRIOR?

11 strikeouts against 5 BB's and no HR's in 7.2 innings. Not too bad a start, even if it wasn't against big leaguers.

Horseshoe Casino is out, United Airlines in.


Koyie Hill is not the problem with the 2011 Chicago Cubs, folks. :)

That doesn't make him any less a blazing symbol of the problems with the club.

Batting .031!? lulz Let's hope he gets minimal at bats

Children trust him though!

Hill is undoubtedly a symptom and not the problem, however when you go to the doctor, they typically treat the symptoms first. Hendry and now his manager too, despite their vast years of experience don't understand the difference between superstars and stars, between useful bench players and flotsam, and fluke seasons and consistently good performers.

They made four changes to the roster during the off-season and only one of them is what a more enlightened management team would have done - and they didn't address Hill, even though they had in house options to do so.

But that voodoo hex they put on the NL central is working wonders

True, I wonder if they sacrificed a goat.

Submitted by Rob G. on Tue, 03/29/2011 - 11:38am.
But that voodoo hex they put on the NL central is working wonders


ROB G: Apparently you haven't heard about the Hometown Buffet hex Carlos Silva put on the Cubs after he was released.

So the big question is, which hex will have more power? Will the hexes cancel each other out, or will one trump the other?

If you know the wins over replacement hex (WORH), you can figure it out on paper.

on the day he transforms into KOYIE HILL

Large Z says all the right things, Musket reminds us that Marhsall is a VCU kid and some encouraging things about young Angel Guzman way down at the bottom.


Have you heard? The Cubbies are Rockin'

I don't have a handy link available. However I seem to remember Elton John making a similar transition several years ago?

Not 100% a new mode of development.

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  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

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  • i'd like to know why the mlb.tv internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup equation...plus joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

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    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'