Carlos Silva pitched better in his 2nd spring outing – going 3 scoreless innings in the Cubs 8-7 win over the San Diego Padres. But the bad news is that Silva still didn’t look all that sharp. He gave up 4 hits and a walk in the 3 innings, but managed to work out of a few jams. Silva showed up in camp out-of-shape according to our sources in Mesa. This has to irk GM Jim Hendry and Manager Lou Pinella who “suggested” to Silva back at the Cubs convention in January that he still needed to lose a few lbs. If this guy wasn’t owed so much damn money ($26 million ($20 million that the Cubs have to fork over) over the next 2 years), he would be out on the street already.
Starlin Castro had a big day at the plate – going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s and 3 runs scored. He hit his 1st home run of the spring and is now hitting .571 so far. The Cubs have all but said that Castro will start the season in the minor leagues, but if he keeps raking like this, it’s going to be hard not to want to start him at the major league level with Ryan Theriot moving over to 2nd base.
Other good pitching news – Carlos Marmol and David Patton tossed scoreless innings in relief. Jeff Stevens and Esmailin were not all that sharp because of shoddy defense behind them, but none of the 6 runs they let up were earned. The Cubs are now 4-4 during the spring schedule.