Sometimes you have to look at Spring Training games in a different light. Rotoworld described Carlos Silva’s 6 earned run shellacking by saying that it was nice that “some things never change.” Carrie Muskat tried to put a positive spin on the situation by entitling her post “Silva, Soriano take first spring steps” (if that was a “step” somebody please call an orthopaedic specialist and get him a new prosthetic leg.) Silva himself said: “I feel good but the results weren’t too good.” Perhaps next time Silva pitches I’ll really care how he “feels” as opposed to how well he pitches.
That notwithstanding 10 of the 15 earned runs given up by the Cubs came from pitchers that have next to no chance of making the 25 man roster (Silva and Kennard.) Unless Carlos has a miracle turnaround he’ll be optioned to Iowa and it’s doubtful any team will claim him; he then will have a choice between going home, going to Iowa or going FA and giving up his salary. So let’s let him dig his own professional grave and concentrate instead on guys that that are more relevant to the 2010 Cubs. First of all it turns out that Angel Guzman’s shoulder injury is a worst case scenario; in fact it could be career-ending. So onwards and upwards Cubs fans, somebody is going to have to rise and take that 8th inning spot or the Cubs will be in the market. Theriot went 2 for 3 and Soto got hits in both of his at bats – we need both of those guys to have good years if the Cubs are to have a shot at re-taking the division. Marmol had a good inning of work striking out two of the three batters he faced. Tyler Colvin leads my list of surprises so far having hit safely 5 out of 8 at bats (has he learned how to hit curveballs?)
Tomorrow the Cubs will play their first split squad games as well as their first WGN televised game of 2010; hopefully it will be a little prettier than today’s 15-3 loss. Spring training or not I’m sure Uncle Lou wasn’t a very happy camper.