Forget about the 11-5 drubbing that the Astros handed the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday night. The bigger question is this – why is GM Jim Hendry waiting so damn long to deal Carlos Silva and Ted Lilly? Each Silva start that Hendry waits, the cheaper and cheaper Silva gets because he is coming back down to reality like we all knew he would. Come on Jim – take action now!
Silva started the season 8-0 in his first 11 starts as a Cub. His next 5 starts were still good and he looked like a prime candidate to be dealt sooner rather than later. Even though his record in those 5 starts was only 1-2, he allowed just 2 ER in 4 of the starts and 3 ER in the other start. Any team would take those numbers from their starter any day. On July 6th, Silva still had a 9-2 record with an ERA of 2.96. But take a look at his last 2 starts, and it looks like the “real Carlos Silva” has stood up. In his final start before the All-Star Break, the Dodgers lit up Silva for 6 ER on 6 hits and 3 walks in 1 1/3 innings pitched (before he got tossed). In his 1st start after the All-Star Break last night, the Astros lit him up for 5 ER on 7 hits and 2 walks in only 1 inning of work. Not good at all. Silva’s value has had to have taken a hit because of his last 2 starts. When you throw in the fact that he is still owed $12.75 million in 2011 with a $2 million buyout for the 2010 season, the Cubs already expected to have to take a little of that on in order to make a deal work. Now, dealing Silva could be in jeopardy. Good job, Jim…
As for Ted Lilly, the guy is consistent and a bulldog out there. It’s less important to deal Lilly, because he is a free agent at the end of 2010 and team’s might not be willing to part with prospects to rent someone like Lilly for just 11 guaranteed starts this season (with no guarantee of signing him next year). But it would be great if the Cubs could move Lilly for a mid-level prospect or 2 and then have a handshake agreement with Lilly that the Cubs will make a strong push to sign Lilly back this off-season for another 2-3 year deal. Lilly should be a hot commodity and I’m surprised Hendry hasn’t agreed to a deal to move Lilly yet. Not sure what he is waiting for – like I said, the prospects that you can expect to get back for him will not be top-notch because he is a free agent at the end of the season – but you gotta think some team has made a pitch for him at this point. Come on Jim – let’s do something here…
Aside from Silva’s disastrous start last night, you have to like some of the Cubs hitting of late:
Tyler Colvin – in the leadoff spot for a 3rd straight game, hit a solo home run in the 6th inning and drove in another run with a groundout.
Starlin Castro has been hitting better – batting average up to .288 – but went 0 for 4 hitting in the 2-hole for the 3rd straight game.
Derrek Lee had 3 hits and 2 runs scored.
Aramis Ramirez had 2 hits and 3 RBI’s with a home run.
Geovany Soto had 2 hits with a run scored and has his batting average back up to .291.
Look to see the same lineup for a while now – Colvin, Castro, Lee, Ramirez, Byrd, Soto/Soriano….
Let’s hope Ryan Dempster can get the Cubs back on track tonight against the Astros. It would be his 9th win of the season…