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Carlos Silva Fighting to make Cubs Rotation 

Gordon Wittenmyer at the Chicago Sun-Times writes today about Carlos Silva’s confidence that he’ll be in the Cubs starting rotation come April. As noted in the article, Silva had a great start to the season, going 9-2 with a 2.96 ERA through 16 starts. However, he fell apart after that, finishing with a 10-6 record and a 4.22 ERA on the season.

Here’s a quick look at Silva’s numbers through those first 16 starts, and what happened in the brief set of starts that followed:
Carlos Silva
4/1/2010 - 7/6/20101468.242.280.372.292
7/11/2010 - 9/30/2010273.460.507.683.516

4/1/2010 - 7/6/20103.9%17.2%82.4%14.4%.269
7/11/2010 - 9/30/201011.0%13.7%86.0%27.7%.291

Silva battled a number of injuries last year, not to mention an irregular heartbeat discovered during a game with the Colorado Rockies in early August. The 31-year old veteran has a career ERA+ of 93, with his best season in 2005 with a 130 ERA+. The Cubs can’t rely on Silva duplicating his first half of 2010. However, should he stay healthy, he still might be a decent back of the rotation starter in 2011.

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