Monthly Archives: March 2011
Right-hander Carlos Silva managed to cough up 10 hits and 8 earned runs in just 2-1/3 innings pitched yesterday. He also struck out none before hitting the showers, without so much as a peep to his error-free defenders. Cubs’ bullpen held the Angels to five additional runs, but blocked the extra point. Cubs scored two touchdowns in the last six innings, and came back to win 14-13.
Manager Quade said Silva “was in mid-season’s form.”
Mark my words: If shortstop Starlin Castro continues to hit above .500 during the regular season, the Cubs could make a serious run in the Central.
I was worried about the Cubs hitting ability, but apparently Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Silva have already come out swinging. (ba-da-bump)
Although manager Mike Quade said he was actually happy to see “some fire” in the clubhouse, he decided to call a team meeting yesterday to air some dirty laundry, and perhaps nip this thing in the bud. Afterward, newcomer Carlos Pena and second-year outfielder Marlon Byrd organized a “player’s only” meeting to air some additional dirty laundry. Five minutes later, the Chicago sports media (radio), had declared the inmates were running the asylum. Should be a fun season, check back regularly for my Cubs thoughts.
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