No, it’s no official yet, but are surely as I knew Silva would pitch the game of his life yesterday, my spidey senses are once again tingling. Some might say It’s a Way of [L]ife.
“This means that decisions remain tough and we have to figure it out, and we’re thrilled that guys are competing and making it tough,” Quade said. “We’ll see how this plays out, and I’ll milk it as long as I can, to be honest.”
Silva, competing with Andrew Cashner and Braden Looper for the final spot, took to heart some advice from pitcher Ryan Dempster.
“Today he said, ‘I don’t want you to give me 100 percent, I want you to give me 80 percent,’” Silva said of his conversation with the Cubs’ Opening Day starter.
No, it’s actually not a difficult decision at all, Mike. I mean, for anyone other than the Cubs. Then again, most other teams don’t jerk their prospects around the way the Cubs do. In fact, for most other major league clubs, I think Cashner to the rotation and Silva to DFA would be a no-brainer.
Alas . . I’ve moved on from Anger to Depression, and I’m very much looking forward to acceptance. My only hope now is that the Cubs will send Cashner to Iowa to get some innings, Silva will have a red-hot April, and the Cubs will be able to trade him to some hapless team that has no idea what they’re in for. Â Of course, if Silva has a red-hot April, Hendry will never trade him in a million years.
Is it too early for a drink?
The Cubs continued to pare down their roster yesterday, banishing several players to the minor league camp:
MESA, Ariz. — The Cubs trimmed four pitchers from the Spring Training camp roster, including lefty Scott Maine and right-hander Justin Berg, on Wednesday.
Maine and Berg were optioned to Triple-A Iowa, while Todd Wellemeyer and Angel Guzman were both assigned to the Minor League camp. Guzman is rehabbing from right shoulder surgery and scheduled to throw in a game next week. Wellemeyer was a non-roster invitee, and has pitched in three games, his last on March 12. He had been slowed by a sore right hip but the Cubs would like to get him one more inning in a Cactus League game before spring ends.
“I look at [Wellemeyer] the same as I look at Augie [Ojeda],” Cubs manager Mike Quade said. “They’re valuable pieces of the organization. Them trying to get ready quickly and having them regressing is not going to help anybody.”
I’m pretty sure that neither Augie Ojeda or Todd Wellenmeyer are “valuable” pieces of this organization, but whatever. In other news, Â I’m beginning to seriously doubt Quade’s evaluation skills.
Moving on to some good news, the nice people at Forbes Media were kind enough to send me an article ranking the most valuable teams in baseball. Guess where the Cubs rank? No. . Â come on, guess!
FOURTH! The Chicago Cubs are the FOURTH most valuable team in baseball, behind the Yankees, Red Sox, and Dodgers.
The Cubs first season under the Ricketts family was chaotic on the diamond. The team won just 75 games, six fewer than 2009, and manager Lou Piniella abruptly quit in the middle of the season. Average attendance at Wrigley Field slipped to an average of 37,814 in 2010, 900 less per game than the previous season. The drop in performance was not the result of penny pinching, as the team’s payroll increased $5 million and at $146 million was the third highest (behind the Yankees and Red Sox). For 2011 the team has gotten creative on packaging tickets by offering a “Pick 13″ plan, which includes the right to purchase tickets for games against the White Sox, Yankees and Cardinals.
It’s a really interesting read, with all kinds of charts and graphics. Seriously. . Â check it out.
Today the Fourth Most Valuable Team In Baseball takes on the TENTH Most Valuable Team in Baseball (the White Sox) at 4:05 pm CT. You can watch the game for free on CSN or ESPN2. See how great it is to have the Fourth Most Valuable Team in Baseball? They can give away baseball for free!