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Carlos Silva No Milton Bradley

By bullpenbrian at 04.10.2010 4 comments.

So much for the ghost of Milton Bradley. Carlos Silva was outstanding Friday.

He’s already exceeded my expectations…seriously, I thought the guy would get canned in Mesa.

Instead, he finished the spring 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA…then pitched well enough for the win against the Reds.

But Esmailin Caridad blows it in the eighth…shocking, I know.

Caridad was working with a two run lead…he walked the first two batters he faced…then allows a towering grand slam to Drew Stubbs. It’s sickening.

Why can’t the bullpen throw strikes? Berg, Samardzija, Grabow, Marmol and Caridad…they’ve all worked behind in the count. Doesn’t matter if it’s Game 4 or Game 104…you’ve got to throw strikes. Period!

I’ve said before…nothing is tougher to watch than a faulty bullpen…and that’s exactly what the Cubs’ middle relief is–faulty.

Am I panicking a little bit? YES! The Cubs have held the lead in all four games…but have just one win to show for it. If it’s not already a trend, it’s headed that way.

Andrew Cashner started his first game for Double-A Tennessee by striking out the first seven batters he faced…and 10 of the 18 batters he faced total. How long before Lou summons him to the big club?

And where’s the offense? Another dismal night with RISP…4-for-11…13 men left on base. Sorry, but that doesn’t fly with this thin bullpen.

The lack of improvements to the pen’ was my fear all winter long. Four games in and it’s already the nightmare I anticipated.



  1. Keith says:

    Wow! What a slow game, the Cubbies bullpen seems to be borderline crap. Caridad looked to get a little flustered after a no call on a possible strike, it got to him, he never settled down after that. Next thing…Grand Slam! We (I’m claiming the Reds) had a rough top of the 9th, can’t blame the closer, with 2 errors on routine ground balls. All an all Baily pitched okay, pitch count issues. Reds bats not impressive, they only managed 5 hits.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      Both teams tried to give it way…by that count the Cubs won!
      Terrible at-bat by Chad Tracy to end the game…you can’t go down on a checked swing.
      Good point about Caridad getting flustered…that comes with the territory of a young pen…which the Cubs have with three rookies.

  2. seadog says:

    Guess you haven’t heard that the reason why Silva only threw 71 pitches was because shoulder soreness, the same reason why he was shutdown for nearly all of last year.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      That’s a valid point, no question.
      If Silva’s shoulder turns out to be an injury, and not just soreness, the Cubs are in serious poop.
      They don’t have a fifth starter who can consistently last six or seven innings…which means they’ll have to rely even more on the bullpen.
      Better keep our fingers crossed Silva is back to 100% for his next start.

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