One of my first posts for this blog was about Carlos Silva. You can read it here.
I suggested that he would struggle with the Cubs. Well, this spring Carlos did enough to earn the fourth spot in the rotation. But all he really did was remind us of who he is.
Despite his 2-1 record and 3.80 era, Silva did what he always does. Throw the ball over the plate, minimum strikeouts and let the ball get hit. In 21.1 innings, Silva recorded 11 strikeouts (4.6/9) and gave up 27 hits. The only thing that saved Silva was the fact that he only 2. In the grand scheme of things, this is not a good recipe for success unless he can maintain his incredibly low walk rate of 0.84/9. Over the past three seasons, his rate is just short of 2 per 9.
I predict that with Ted Lilly coming back next week; If Tom Gorzelanny has any sort of success on Sunday that tonight’s start will be Silva’s only as a permanent member of the rotation.
Another season opening disaster for Carlos Zambrano.
Zambrano made his sixth opening day start for the Cubs on Monday and is now 1-2 with a 6.99 ERA in those games. Amazingly, the winning team in three of the six games has scored 16 runs. The Cubs scored 16 in both ’05 and ’06 and Atlanta scored 16 Monday.
BTW; in the two 16 run Cub victories, Zambrano failed to make it out of the fifth both times and did not record a win.
I’m glad Carlos won’t be starting the home opener. He just seems to get to jacked-up and can’t do the job.
Fantasy Impact: Don’t give up on Zambrano already. Last season on Opening Day Justin Verlander gave up 8 earned runs in 3.2 inns, Cliff Lee gave up 7 in 5inns, and CC Sabathia gave up 6 in 4.1. Those three combined to win 54 games in 2009.
Picture credit : Zambrano -Getty Images
The past couple of weeks I haven’t been posting. It’s not that I haven’t been keeping up with baseball. It’s actually the exact opposite. I’ve been spending most of my free time prepping for the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC).
Last weekend I drafted a team for the NFBC in Chicago. It’s one of the five cities that hosted this nationwide event this year. Here is a story done by WSJ detailing some of the event.
Now that the season is just days away, I’ll be back with regular updates.