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Did Cubs Goof Silva’s Release?

By bullpenbrian - March 29, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

1.) Were the Cubs unprofessional in releasing Silva?
2.) Larkin & Griffey turning heads in Florida.
3.) Joe Posnanski Award.

1.) David Brown of Yahoo! sports contends the Cubs erred in the way they informed Carlos Silva that he would not make the big league roster.

-”why didn’t Hendry and Quade be the ones to break the news to Silva? Why did the Cubs use a pitching coach (Mark Riggins) to tell him he was gone?”

I respectfully disagree with Brown and have no problem with Riggins delivering the news to Silva. Silva, after all, is a pitcher, and Riggins is the pitching coach. And as a coach, Riggins is an authority figure, Silva just a player. Players need to respect all coaches, not just the manager. Blaming the messenger is yet another poor excuse in a long line of them this spring for Carlos.

What’s truly disturbing is the way Silva handled the news–lashing back at the team and whining to the media. Silva, not the Cubs, is the one who’s acted poorly and unprofessionally. The guy who wants to be treated like a man isn’t acting as one himself. Go figure.

Although I’ve been in Silva’s corner all spring, pulling for him to make the roster, thinking all he needed was a fresh start, I’ve changed tunes. Instead, the more I’ve read and learned about Silva’s poor attitude, the more I believe the Cubs made the right decision cutting him.


Cubs Fifth Starter Poll

By bullpenbrian - March 18, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Should The Cubs Dump Carlos Silva?

By bullpenbrian - March 11, 2011 - 12:01 am 1 comment.

Charlie Sheen Cubs Poll

By bullpenbrian - March 4, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Silva, Quade & Marty

By bullpenbrian - March 3, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

1.) Right now, Silva is to blame for his poor outing–not Aramis.
2.) The more I learn about Quade the more I like him.
3.) Marty, Marty, Marty…the guy loves hating our Cubs.

1.) This winter Carlos Silva called his audition for the Cubs’ fourth or fifth rotation spot ‘ridiculous.’ Perhaps, but what’s more ridiculous is Silva’s dugout behavior following a tough first inning Wednesday afternoon.

There’s a professional way to call-out teammates. Barking at them between innings isn’t the best method. Not to mention, Silva is stepping on the toes of one, Carlos Zambrano, who’s managed a career of crafting such a role.

Meanwhile, what Silva fails to realize is that three of his own fingers are pointing right back at him while he singles out his own infielders. Since when did allowing two HRs and a walk permit you the right to chewout your defense?

Sometimes, a kick-in-the-pants is what’s needed to motivate a teammate. But Silva should kick his own butt following a poor outing before he lays wood to the guys he’s relying on around him. And as far as Silva being a lock for the rotation–hardly.


Silva For Bradley A Steal For Cubs

By bullpenbrian - September 8, 2010 - 12:30 am Leave a comment.

Carlos Silva has won me over this season.
And that’s saying something because I didn’t give the guy a chance at first blush.
Over-weight, over-paid and over-valued, I thought.

Never thought Silva would make it past spring training, and I said as much!
Sure as heck didn’t think he’d win 10 games or have 13 quality starts, either.
Heck, I was content just seeing ‘Milton the Terrible’ depart Chicago–forget about gaining Silva.

But Silva’s been respectable for the Cubs.
He’s pitched well, carries himself as much, and says all the righ things, too.
Had he not suffered the heart setback, which cost him a month, he could be working on a 15-win season, which is outstanding given the circumstances.

Getting Silva for Bradley, who’s been a dud for Seattle, was a steal for Jim Hendry. Didn’t know it last December, but I’m all in for Silva as a Chicago Cub.


Cubs On Pace For 90-Loss Season

By bullpenbrian - August 2, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

Carlos Silva wasn’t the only one who checked out of Sunday’s game due to illness. I was history after the Cubs fell behind 6-1 in the fourth, sickend by this weekend series in Colorado.

Friday we watched the Cubs give up 12-runs in the bottom of the eighth, including a major league record 11-consecutive hits, in route to a 17-2 loss.

Saturday was Carlos Gonzalez’s walk-off home run to complete the cycle. And Sunday was another typical Cubs outing—too little too late.

And who on earth knows what happens to this team in Colorado? Chicago is 5-13 in its last 18-games at Coors Field.

Meanwhile, our Cubs enter August 7-9 since the All Star break and one game ahead of fifth-place Houston.

At the current pace we’re looking at a 90-loss season. Puke!


Cubs’ Best Trade Bait

By bullpenbrian - July 7, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Carlos Silva is a legitimate All Start…the numbers are there (9-2, 2.96 ERA), the votes were not.

But that doesn’t diminish Silva’s trade value, as noted by Steve Stone this morning on 670 The Score, who confirmed Silva as the Cubs’ most valuable trade piece:

  • He leads the team with 13 quality starts.
  • Is 5-0 with an ERA less than three on the road.
  • Has lasted six or more innings in 13 of 16 starts.
  • Averages a paltry 1.69 walks per nine innings.
  • And holds left-handers to a .169 clip, second best in the majors.

Silva’s stock has never been higher, meaning the Cubs could leverage a sweet deal that would cut roughly $12M off the roster next season by dealing the 31-year-old.

That’s quite the payoff for a guy the Mariners gave away, including $9M, for Milton Bradley!


Cubs Silva Lining

By bullpenbrian - May 30, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

I don’t think anyone saw this coming…not even Carlos Silva.

But the round-mound of pounds is 7-0…leading the team in quality starts (7) and averaging six innings per outing.

All this for Milton Bradley…who would’ve thunk it!


If the Cubs win Sunday they’ll be 4-0-1 in its last five series…all of which are against competing teams: Philly, Texas, L.A. & St. Louis.

They’re currently 6-4 during this stretch and have closed the gap in the Central to six games behind Cincinnati.

Following Sunday’s game the Cubs begin an 11-day, nine-game road trip through Pittsburgh, Houston & Milwaukee…all bottom feeders in the division.

A winning road trip keeps Chicago in the race for the season’s second half…using June 1 as my benchmark for pretenders and contenders.

With the Cubs poised for a long winning streak, something they haven’t done all year, and its best opportunity to salvage the first two months of the season…a win Sunday gives hope for our men in blue.


Carlos Silva No Milton Bradley

By bullpenbrian - April 10, 2010 - 12:30 am 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.


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