When the Chicago Cubs traded Milton Bradley for Carlos Silva in the off-season most viewed it as an opportunity to get rid of some serious baggage. Perhaps the Mariners would be able to get some production out of Bradley in exchange for his temper, but surely the Cubs were just curing a cancer.
Well if the first couple starts are any indication, Carlos Silva is going to give the Cubs a whole lot more than that.
Silva worked seven strong innings against the Astros to pick up his first win as a Cub, allowing two unearned runs and striking out five. His ERA through his first two starts is 0.69.
Yes it was against the anemic Astros but it is impressive nonetheless. In two years with Seattle Silva was, in a word, a disaster.
He barely pitched last season, just 30.1 innings and had an ERA of over 8.00. In his only full season in the Northwest he was an atrocious 4-15 with a 6.46 ERA.
Silva has always located the ball well, unfortunately he has also had a knack for locating it right down the middle at inopportune times, a big reason behind the 25 HR’s he allowed in less than 200 innings in pitcher-friendly Safeco Field.
Now he must pitch at the Friendly Confines, a field that can yield dingers in droves, especially when the win blows out. It wasn’t a problem today as Silva allowed only five fly balls to the 28 batters he faced.
It is far too early to tell if he will continue to be a good pitcher for them, but the early signs show that the Cubs may have got a lot more than they expected from removing the cancerous wart in the off-season.