Congrats to Andrew Cashner – he is going to be the Cubs 5th starter during the 2011 MLB schedule. This came as a bit of a surprise to me, but I love it. As I’ve written before, I think this is a great move to give Cashner some valuable starting experience in a season in which the Cubs have very low expectations for a good season.
Congrats also to Marcos Mateo who earned a spot in the bullpen on the Cubs opening day roster. Mateo had a solid spring in which he compiled a 1.29 ERA in 7 spring appearances.
And good riddance to Carlos Silva. It sucks that the Cubs will end up eating the $11.5 million owed to Silva for this season, but it is the best move for the team. Silva hasn’t pitched well in over a year, he came into camp out of shape, simply assuming that he would be handed a spot in the starting rotation. And he became a cancer in the clubhouse when he started with Aramis Ramirez in the dugout after a bad first inning for the entire team in his 2nd spring start.
I like the Cubs confidence in some of their young pitchers. It won’t always be pretty, but in a year like this where the Cubs have little chance of putting together a quality season, you might as well give some of these guys a shot to see what you really have.