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Carlos Silva Confident He Will Make Cubs Starting Rotation – Wrigley Field 2/15/11

Posted on 15 February 2011 by Lou

Carlos Silva is confident that he will make it as the 4th or 5th starter for the Cubs in 2011.  “Competition is always good.  If they have me compete again, that’s all I can do is compete.  I don’t have to prove or show them.  I showed them what I can do.”

Silva surprised everyone during the 2010 MLB season when he started the season 8-0 in his 1st 11 starts.  The problem was, Silva had as bad of a 2nd half as he did a good of a 1st half.  Silva won only 2 of his final 10 starts and he didn’t pitch after September 7th because of right elbow tendinitis.

Silva is healthy and is ready to show everyone that he can pitch the way he did in the 1st half of last season for a full season in 2011.  Silva is competing with Randy Wells and James Russell for the final 2 spots in the rotation.  If the Cubs go with both Silva and Wells, all 5 starters would be right-handed pitchers.  That could work against both pitchers and give the lefty Russell the upper-hand.  We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything.  If the Cubs can get Silva to pitch well in the 1st half of the season, that could elevate his trade value before the July trading deadline.  Let’s hope that is what happens so that the Cubs can shed some of his hefty salary from the 2011 payroll before the end of the season…

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