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The Cubs' Carlos Silva is good? The White Sox's Jake Peavy is bad? This has got to be an April Fools' prank

Apr 1, 2010, 11:25 PM EDT

silva-carlos-100401.jpgThere is something odd going on with the Chicago sports scene.

No, Jay Cutler has not acquired the, umm, intestinal fortitude necessary to play quarterback. That would be too unbelievable to entertain even on April Fools’ Day. But what is happening is so puzzling it makes you rethink everything you know about baseball. Yes, as shocking as it seems, Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva appears to actually be good.

Before you rush to your calendar to see if it’s already 2012, consider that it is quite likely that Silva will not continue to be good for long. As he heads north to Wrigley Field and the games begin to count in the standings, there is a fair chance the Earth will return to its normal axis and Silva will go back to allowing nearly two base-runners per inning. Many of these base-runners will dance around the bases to score runs. This will also cause Cubs fans to logically heap blame on a goat, and possibly, Milton Bradley.

But for now, Milton Bradley and goats everywhere can rest easy, for after compiling a 1.40 ERA in his last five spring training starts, Carlos Silva is good. In fact, he tells the Chicago Tribune that he always believed he was good.

“I’m not going to say I’m surprised, because that’s what I’m working for,” Silva said. “I’ve been taking this spring very, very seriously.”

It’s nice that Silva is taking his job so seriously this spring. And I’m sure the Seattle Mariners are thrilled to hear it, because the non-serious, always-clowning-around Silva went 5-18 for them – in a pitcher’s park.

In related Chicago bizarreness, White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy continues to struggle, striking out seven but allowing three runs in four innings against a minor league team. He entered the day 2-1 with a 6.55 ERA in Cactus League play.

The reaction to Peavy’s spring results has manager Ozzie Guillen predictably testy:

“A lot of people are talking (bleep) on TV and radio (about Peavy),” Guillen said. “All of a sudden, when you have a microphone in your hands you think you know (a lot) about baseball.”

I hear you, Ozzie. And if Carlos Silva is going to be good, and Jake Peavy bad, I don’t know what to think of baseball anymore.

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  1. Nathan - Apr 1, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    You know, I’m certainly not one to defend Carlos Silva, but I don’t think his win-loss record was affected by pitching in a pitcher’s park at all, because the other pitcher got to pitch in Safeco too.

  2. Bob Harkins - Apr 2, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    You are right. I should have included these numbers to explain why his record was so bad: 6.81 ERA, 1.617 WHIP, 254 hits in 183.2 innings. And strictly at Safeco?: 6.31 ERA, 1.557 WHIP, 96 hits in 78.1 innings.

  3. Old Gator - Apr 2, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Ozzie only understand half of the issue, which is actually pretty good for Ozzie. True, handing someone a microphone makes them think they know all about baseball. But handing them a keyboard makes real, living, breathing sports geniuses out of them. The evidence for this is all around you.

  4. IdahoMariner - Apr 2, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Carlos rocked last spring, too. In the WBC, he was pitching so well that Felix Hernandez was limited to a few innings of relief pitching. And then Carlos came to spring training talking about his rigorous yoga regimen, how he’d lost a little weight and how he was very serious about redeeming his previous year’s horrible performance. And then…he sucked. This year will likely be no different. If it’s not, well then, congratulations, Carlos. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.
    Ridiculously appropriate captcha: reclined out

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