It was a pitching optional Friday as two of the Cubs’ three Carloses (Zambrano and Silva) conspired to suck a duck against the Reds. At least the offense scored 13…

  • Carlos Silva’s goose has gotta be cooked, no? After Big Z gave up the first six runs to the Reds, Silva gave up the remaining eight(!) in three innings of work. Hey, at least three of those runs were unearned, right? He allowed 12 baserunners (11 hits and one walk) in his three innings of work – yes, that’s four runners per inning. There are only three bases before home plate. I don’t know where I’m going with that, but, like, it ain’t good.
  • Darwin Barney had another gem today, going 3-4 and drawing two walks. He’s your 25th man, folks.
  • …and Barney, not Blake DeWitt, played second base today. DeWitt, meanwhile, was the DH. Given that DeWitt is the nominal starter and needs to work on his defense, this was a pretty strange setup, to put it mildly. Does it mean anything? Probably not. But it’s something to keep an eye on.
  • You know who else had a great day? Welington Castillo. Am I a broken record? Yes. But the kid is hitting .733(!!!).
  • Fernando Perez and Reed Johnson each went 1-2, so there isn’t much to say about the fifth outfielder competition.
  • Completely unrelated to a battle but still awesome: Starlin Castro hit his fourth homer of the Spring. Obviously Spring caveats apply, but were this the regular season, he would be on pace to hit 50 homers on the year. He’s not going to do that, but can you imagine how much more impressive his game looks if he hits 20+ homers? Next stop: superstardom.
  • greg

    What did Colvin hit last spring to hit a roster spot? Wasn’t it in the 500ish range?

    • Ace

      Something like that – huge slugging, too.

  • TWC

    I absolutely loved following this game today. Carlos Silva was stunning. It was an amazing performance, really. He got through the eighth inning in only 9 pitches.

    …of course, those nine pitches were served to nine different batters, four of whom crossed the plate, and two of whom were left standing on the bags.

    Really makes me wish I had a friend at the Elias Sports Bureau to run some numbers on that. Don’t think I’ve ever seen its equal.

    • Ace

      Every single batter hit the first pitch in the 8th? I didn’t know that. That is pretty amazing.

  • czechXican



    This is just gross. We know what’s going to happen: wewe’re going to flip on the tv one night, and HILL will be at C and it’s just going to suck, because you KNOW he’s going to go 0-3 with a walk (that gets standed at first, because he inspires no one to hit him in) with 2 backward K’s, and a foul pop out.

    I love Quade, but if he can convince Hendry to dump Koi for Castillo, he’ll seriously win some guys over in that dugout, who are too afraid to say the truth: that they need hitting from a bench player.

    • Ace

      Exactly. This is what folks seem to be missing: the back-up catcher isn’t JUST the back-up catcher. He’s one of only five bats on the bench. Hill provides NOTHING on days that he doesn’t start (and, obviously, it’s questionable just what he provides when he does start).