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Carlos Silva is a "battler"

Dec 18, 2009, 5:40 PM EST

I hope Bert Blyleven makes the Hall of Fame this year. I’m happy Bert Blyleven writes for NBC Sports.com.  I also wish I had some of what Bert Blyleven was smoking when he went on the radio this afternoon and gave us the Carlos Silva scouting report:

“What the Cubs got is, if he’s healthy, a guy that could pitch 200 innings for them.  He’s got a great sinking fastball, very good control. He’s a battler. He’s a lot like Carlos Zambrano as far as attacking the strike zone. Carlos Silva does not walk a lot of guys. He’s not going to strike out a lot of guys. He’s a contact-type pitcher that when he’s on has a good sinking fastball . . . As far as a person, this guy works his rear end off. He’s a good clubhouse presence. He’s got very good chemistry with all the other players. He’s a nice addition to the Cubs as long as he’s healthy.”

I suppose a lot of that is true. It’s also true that this battling chemistry god is currently getting lit up to the tune of a .400 opponents batting average in the Venezuelan winter league. Which means that either (a) he’s not healthy, in which case the Cubs will surely cancel the deal; or (b) Blyleven is overstating the merits of Carlos Silva just a weeeeeee bit.

  1. Illifer - Dec 18, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    When I first saw this headline I thought it was ‘Carlos Silva is Batter.’ And I thought, ‘yup, that’s about right’

  2. James - Dec 18, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Blyleven is a HOF player… as for his analysis of players? Not quite HOF caliber.

  3. Anon - Dec 18, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Any Twins fan will tell you the only surprising thing here is that Bert didn’t mention the importance of “keeping the ball down.” Although he did mention sinking fastballs twice.

  4. Patrick Kelly - Dec 18, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    You miss option (c): that Silva played for the Twins, was fairly competent for much of his tenure with the Twins, and Bert (1) is a complete homer and (2) undoubtedly has not paid attention to anything involving Silva since, oh, 2006.

  5. Beanster - Dec 18, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    If you parse this FJM-style you’ll see Bert is right on:
    1. “if he’s healthy, a guy that could pitch 200 innings for them” – sure it may be 150 runs and 300 hits later, but a healthy 30-yr old guy could certainly pitch this many innings for a team that has him under contract.
    2. “very good control” – For major league batters to be able to get nearly 1,400 hits and collectively hit over .300 against someone, it goes without saying they must be able to hurl the ball repeatedly over the plate, at least the fat part.
    3. “He’s a contact-type pitcher” – see #2 above.
    With this type of ability, all the character stuff is simply a bonus… “as long as he’s healthy”.

  6. Hop - Dec 18, 2009 at 11:34 PM

    While i think Silva will benefit moving to the NL but at the end of the day i think you keep your fingers crossed that he is a .500 pitcher at the end of the season.

  7. Ross - Dec 19, 2009 at 12:49 AM

    “The wind is blowing out here at Wrigley Field and Carlos Silva is taking the mound.”
    At this point you’re probably better off going to the bullpen after 1 pitch.

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