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.

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