Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 04/21/10

Game Fifteen: Cubs (5-9) vs. Mets (6-8)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – Citi Field, Flushing Meadows

Carlos Silva (1-0, 0.69/0.62) vs. Oliver Perez (0-1, 3.75/1.25)

Updated 3:45pm CDT – Carlos Zambrano moved to the Bullpen

Effective on Friday, Carlos Zambrano will serve as the Cubs right-handed setup man to Carlos Marmol. With the return of Ted Lilly on Saturday, the Cubs rotation will be Ted Lilly, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny. Click here for the earlier report

The Cubs are not hitting and the bullpen is, well … Carlos Silva started the last game the Chicago Cubs won, the opener against the Astros last Friday at Wrigley. The Cubs will need the ‘other’ Carlos in their rotation to step up and help end the current four-game losing streak.

Tyler Colvin and Chad Tracy sat on Tuesday night and watched the Cubs tally just three hits. Both players should have been in the starting lineup against the only right-hander the Cubs were facing in the series. Teams cannot expect players to contribute late in games if they do not start once in a while …

It is time for Piniella to think outside of the box and quit using the old lefty-righty match-ups and start looking at the numbers.

Who would have thought when Spring Training began that on April 21 the phrase, “the Cubs need Carlos Silva to end a four-game losing streak” would be uttered. The Cubs are reeling only 14 games into a long season and a good start from Carlos Silva tonight could go a long way.

Carlos Silva has allowed only one earned run in 13 innings this season. In two starts Silva has worked fast, kept the ball down and the other team off balance. Silva was in line to pickup his first win as a Cub against the Reds but the bullpen blew it in the eighth.

In his last start against the Astros, Silva held the Astros to two runs on five hits in seven innings with no walks and five strikeouts. The Cubs offense woke up in the seventh, scored six runs and handed Silva his first win in blue pinstripes.

Carlos Silva has not walked a batter yet this season.

Silva has never beaten the Mets. He is 0-1 in 16 career games, one start, with a save. In 18 1/3 innings, the Mets have scored 18 runs on 32 hits with a pair of home runs, five walks and four strikeouts (8.84 ERA and a 2.02 WHIP).

The last time Carlos Silva faced the New York Mets was on June 18, 2007. Silva and the Minnesota Twins lost to the Mets 8-1.

Mets’ Career Numbers against Carlos Silva

  • Rod Barajas – 2-for-11 with a double
  • Henry Blanco – 0-for-2
  • Luis Castillo – 1-for-6 with 2 walks
  • Alex Cora – 8-for-20 with a double and a triple
  • Jeff Francoeur – 0-for-3
  • Gary Matthews, Jr. – 11-for-36 with 5 doubles and 2 walks
  • Jose Reyes – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Fernando Tatis – 3-for-7 with a walk
  • David Wright – 1-for-3

Unfortunately for the Cubs, Oliver Perez is coming off a good start against the St. Louis Cardinals … and has thrown the ball pretty good for the Mets this season. Perez took the loss in his first start against a much-improved Washington Nationals team. The lefty allowed four runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings with four walks and six strikeouts.

Perez then held a very good Cardinals’ offense to a single-run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. If Perez continues throwing the ball tonight against the Cubs like he did against the Cardinals, it is going to be another frustrating night.

The Cubs’ offense has reverted to their old ways of swinging early and often … and for the fences. They must make Perez work tonight and take advantage of the free passes they will receive.

Oliver Perez is 1-3 in eight career starts against the Cubs with a 5.53 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP. The last time Perez faced the Cubs was back in 2008.

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-2 with 2 walks
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-9 with 4 walks
  • Derrek Lee – 2-for-12 with a double and 6 walks
  • Xavier Nady – 2-for-5 with a walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-12 with 2 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-12 with 2 walks
  • Ryan Theriot – 2-for-3
  • Chad Tracy – 0-for-4

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