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No fight this time, but Silva shelled again

Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:21 pm
By Matt Snyder

Rarely are spring outings on March 7 make or break types, but Carlos Silva desperately needed a good outing Monday. He was coming off a disaster, when he gave up six runs in one inning and sparred in the dugout with Aramis Ramirez.

He didn't fight with any teammates, but the outing was nearly as disappointing. And that's putting it lightly.

To not put it lightly: Silva was abysmal. I'm going to post the line below, but I'll warn you, it's not for the faint of heart -- reader discretion is advised.

In 2 1/3 innings, Silva gave up 10 hits and eight earned runs. He also hit a batter. Even worse, Silva actually got through the first two innings unscatched, but was obliterating in the third by the Angels. He coughed up eight earned runs by getting only one out.

What this means is that Silva is definitely fighting an uphill battle for the Cubs' rotation. Behind Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza, there are a bevy of players vying for the last two slots. For now, the front-runners appear to be Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner. Wells has been in the rotation the past two seasons. Cashner, 24, was the Cubs' first-round pick in 2008 and worked out of the bullpen last season.

Silva is due $11.5 million this season, but the Cubs actually took on the contract to get rid of Milton Bradley's deal, so the money won't factor into any decisions. He has a major uphill battle to break camp as a starter.

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Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 6:55 pm

Silva Not a Starter in Fantasy

I have been playing fantasy baseball at CBS for a long time and I can tell you from experieince that Silva is almost always left to the very late rounds before he is finally picked; and even then one is thinking about whom to replace him with once the season starts.  In many instances, I have seen him left out of the draft completely. I am very wary of any player, pitcher or hitter, who has a long history of failure in fantasy, that all of a sudden becomes a reasonable commodity in the draft.  There are exceptions, of course, like the knuckleballer for the Mets who floundered in the American League, Dickey.  No one ever picked in him the first twenty rounds, either.  Now his is being picked as early as the tenth by some recent believers.  So a player can turn it around occasionally, even after several years of mediorcrity.  But I would rather trust veteran fantasy baseball managers from top leagues, than some of the baseball people I see running the show as some of these major league execs.  The Cubs also have a long history of failure and it seems to be carrying over to some of their personnel decisions.  They should just cut this guy loose and call it a day.  Better to eat 10 mil in losses than to have a team with no shot from day one.  Anyway, that's what I would do.
Arthur Tafero

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