Even after yesterday’s 8-run, 2-inning effort, Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade says he’s not giving up on pitcher Carlos Silva as a rotation option. Which, frankly, is the right thing to say even if you are giving up on him.
But rather than cut the cord on Silva, manager Mike Quade praised his embattled starter after the comeback win.
“See you in five days, and he’ll be better,” Quade said. “I’ve watched some of the best I’ve ever seen have days like these down here. It’s about the body of work, and a whole lot of other things. He’ll be fine and he’ll be back and he’ll be better. I’m convinced of that.”
Silva is in a six-way battle for two rotation spots with Randy Wells, Andrew Cashner, Braden Looper, James Russell and Todd Wellemeyer. A 29.70 earned-run average isn’t going to help, though Quade doesn’t seem to be bothered by the poor numbers.
“I tend to give a guy who’s had this kind of a career and the longevity and has been around as a veteran his space to do this,” Quade said. “It’s not his first rodeo, and I think he was fine today. He went about his business great. He worked through a little trouble in the first couple innings and just couldn’t make a pitch or two to get out of the third inning.
“I make nothing out of this other than just a rough day. For all the communication or conversations I have … he’ll be fine.” Chicago Tribune.
The Cubs owe Silva a healthy chunk of cash whatever happens this Spring. So it is clearly in their interest that he pitch well, or at least be perceived as pitching well, whether he’s going to be a Cub or not.
Even if Silva dominates the rest of the Spring, I don’t believe he can be trusted as a 5th starter on this team. But, to be clear, if he dominates the rest of Spring, he’ll probably get the job. Quade’s comments, and Silva’s performance, do nothing to undercut those twin beliefs.