Cubs Need to Move Ted Lilly & Carlos Silva Fast — Cubs 0, Dodgers 7 — Sunday 7/11/10

Posted on 12 July 2010 by Lou

The Chicago Cubs need to move Ted Lilly and Carlos Silva fast before teams see more outings like the ones they tossed over the weekend against the Dodgers in L.A.

Ted Lilly looked awful –the Dodgers offense lit him up for 7 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks in just 3 2/3 innings.  He served up 1 home run and has now given up 16 homers in just 97 innings in 2010.  Not good.  His WHIP looks solid still – 1.15, but his ERA has slowly crept over 4 at 4.08.  In his last 5 starts, he has allowed at least 5 ER in 3 of the games (in the other 2 games he allowed just 1 ER in each start)

Carlos Silva couldn’t even make it through 2 innings before he got tossed for arguing a bang-bang fielding play at 1st base.  He allowed a 3-run home run to James Loney in the 1st inning and ended up giving up 6 ER on 6 hits and 3 walks.  He had 2 K’s.  His WHIP (1.14) and ERA (3.45) still look great, so the time is now to move this “average” “out-of-shape” righty even if we have to agree to take some of his remaining 2011 salary on.

Come on GM Jim Hendry – you have screwed so many other things up in the last 3 years, let’s not screw this up.  There are plenty of teams that would love starting pitching for the 2nd half of the season.  Lilly has pitched for the Yankees before and now that they lost out on Cliff Lee, Lilly makes perfect sense in a Yankees uniform.  Silva could go to a few National League teams – the Mets, Phillies, Dodgers.  Come on big guy – let’s pull the trigger on these guys right now while the oven is hot…

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