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Who Are You And What Have You Done With Carlos Silva?

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Yesterday, someone claimning to be Carlos Silva had a pretty darn good day at Wrigley:

In his two starts as a Cub, which included a 7-2 victory over the Astros on Friday in his first outing at Wrigley Field, Silva has allowed one earned run.

He believes he has found a home after two miserable seasons with the Mariners, enjoying the fans as much as they have come to enjoy him.

"Like my first game here, like Opening Day?" he said. "How you say, goose bumps. I've never seen anything like that before. I know they are hard fans, but, man, I love these fans. ...

"My favorite part is when we win the game and they sing that song, 'Go, Cubs, Go.' It's like beautiful."

And the 37,291 in the crowd were able to sing Friday as Silva allowed two unearned runs in seven innings, the victory coming with a six-run seventh inning that included Soriano's tying double and Ryan Theriot's bases-loaded bunt that scored Soriano with the go-ahead run.

While we're on the subject of supposedly-crappy ballplayers, Soriano managed to avoid giving away the game yesterday. How did he ever manage to catch some balls? It's a miracle.

After sitting for a day, he chased a line drive toward the left- center field wall from the Astros' Carlos Lee with two outs in the first inning. And with his patented "hop" at the end, he speared it to save a run for the team and himself from the fans' wrath, for at least a while.

When he struck out in the second inning, out came the boos from the 37,291 skeptics on hand. That mood was changed with a fifth-inning single and then again when he drove in the tying run with a booming double in the seventh of the 7-2 victory.

"I feel great today, that's what I want to do -- play defense," Soriano said. "When I play better defense I feel better at home plate."

Now the fans love him?

"That's what I said all the time, 50-50," he said of the love-hate relationship. "When I'm doing well, the fans love me. When I'm doing badly the fans hate me. I just have to be more consistent and do my job."

Well now I feel kind of bad for making fun of him.*

In other good news this Saturday morning, it looks like Badass Lilly is on his way back:

Left-hander Ted Lilly will make what should be his final rehabilitation start Monday at Class A Peoria and could job the Cubs rotation in Milwaukee next Saturday or Sunday.

Lilly has been working through the problems of off-season shoulder surgery but reported no setbacks Friday morning in the Cubs' clubhouse.

He is expected to throw 75-80 pitches. When he returns either starter Tom Gorzelanny or Carlos Silva will be moved to the bullpen.

There were a lot of comments around these parts yesterday expressing concern about Aramis' seeming inability to hit a baseball. Bruce Miles gives us all the "small sample size" lecture:

Was looking at the stats this morning and noticed that Aramis Ramirez has 14 strikeouts in 35 at-bats. That's a 40 percent strikeout rate, but as we warn in the headline, it's a small sample size.

Aram's K percentages over the last few years:

2009: 14.1
2008: 17
2007: 13
2006: 10.6
2005: 13
2004: 11.3

The BABIP is .105, which will normalize sooner or later. According to fangraphs.com, Aram is hitting 4.5 percent line drives, 22.7 percent groundballs and 72.7 flyballs.

By the way, today is Bruce's birthday, so head on over to the comments section of his blog and wish him a great one!

Today Tom Gorzelanny (0-0,0.00) heads to the mound as the Cubs take on Roy Oswalt (0-2, 3.75) and the Asteroids at 12:05 pm CT. CSN and WGN radio have the game.

Lineups to come when we have them!

If you've got a minute, tune in to WGN radio and head Alex Quigley hosting Chicago Now Radio this morning. See how much more professional he sounds when I'm not involved?

Finally, don't forget that Throwing Like A Girl, the mlb podcast by chicks for chicks, is on tomorrow at 5:30 pm CT (or on iTunes whenever you feel like listening to it). Our guest tomorrow will be Emma Span, author of the book "90% Of The Game is Half Mental."

 

*not really 

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itsjenjen said:

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The game start time is 12:05 CDT. Don't miss it!

JulieDiCaro said:

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D'oh! Looking at yesterday's schedule. Thanks for the head's up!

JulieDiCaro said:

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I kind of love Silva a little bit after that interview.

millertime said:

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this will only end in heartbreak.

JulieDiCaro said:

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for him or me?

secdelahc said:

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For both of you

plamorte said:

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Silva better keep this up or i'm gonna look stupid come June in my sweet new authentic Silva jersey

DKT said:

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Glad to see Silva has found a home in Chicago and fans that love him. Now all he has to do is keep pitching great and winning (including base hits to drive in runs)

JulieDiCaro said:

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Lineup:

theriot
fukudome
lee
ramirez
byrd
soriano
fontenot
soto
gorzelanny

millertime said:

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Hopefully a Cubs win today will take the sting out of that Hawks loss last night.

Say, does anyone remember who it was that filled in for Ron that one game last season? It wasn't Dave Otto, it was some other guy, and he did a really great job. If anyone can answer this question correctly, I will give them 1,000,000,000 spacebucks.

DKT said:

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Was it Keith Moreland? I know he's filled in before

millertime said:

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THAT'S IT!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Which White Sock has that stupid blond thing on his face? Is that Linebrink?

MN Pat said:

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I so want to make a Paris Hilton joke here.

millertime said:

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I thought it was the fat one?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh Jenks. right right right.

millertime said:

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Gorzo pitching well. No Hitter still intact!

millertime said:

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Ugh, everything I touch or comment on is ruined! Arrrgh!

millertime said:

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Hunter Pence's Hot/Cold zone is almost completely cold. He sucks at hitting any pitches thrown anywhere. I am fairly confident this is what my hot/cold zone would look like.

PsyMar1 said:

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Mine would be "cold" for anything in the strike zone, but if you throw it above or below the strike zone, over the plate, I can either tomahawk or golf it.

JulieDiCaro said:

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What was Fontenot's problem turning that DP?

Boooourns! Bring in Baker!

Edelweiss said:

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He got spiked in the coglioni.

Edelweiss said:

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Oh yeah, I almost forgot.....Baker's nickname in the clubhouse is "Weasel nuts"

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh, for crying out loud, Soriano. If you're afraid to run on your legs, then go be a DH somewhere.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Soriano looks like he's barefoot on rocks out there!

millertime said:

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Didn't he make a good play yesterday? Did he already use all of that goodwill up?

JulieDiCaro said:

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if by "good play," you mean he managed not to drop any routine pop-ups, then yes.

millertime said:

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In the first inning, against Lee. He made a tough catch by the wall.

And he just made another running catch just now. Good Job Soriano. Not too shabby.

secdelahc said:

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Sloth love Chunk!

secdelahc said:

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Why is Sloth out already? He only made it through 3 innings?!?!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Yikes, that's early!

Injury?

millertime said:

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yeah, he did get hit by that line drive. Maybe it's worse than he thought?

secdelahc said:

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Pat and Dave haven't said anything about it. I forgot it was an early start today, so I'm just checking in on the game. I was confused.

JulieDiCaro said:

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that's what the tweeps are saying. took a line drive to the shoulder off feliz. i'm flipping between epl and cubs--musta missed it.

secdelahc said:

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Yep-- shoulder contusion from the line drive. They said it was for "precautionary reasons."

millertime said:

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Smile like you mean it Cubs!

JulieDiCaro said:

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i thought you said "simile" like you mean it. i was confused . . though you did use "like," so that should have tipped me off.

secdelahc said:

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Sheesh. Sori with another botched play. Just great.

Shanny said:

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it's so commonplace you'd think we're paying him to do that.

JulieDiCaro said:

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i have a really strong desire to set all these dropped balls to music.

Shanny said:

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i look forward to it.

PsyMar1 said:

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Well, it didn't cost the team.
Relatedly, I am listening to WGN radio while watching/listening to a EPL spurs/chelsea online stream.

PsyMar1 said:

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I meant unrelatedly; I'm an idiot.

JulieDiCaro said:

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me too, which is how i missed the injury to gorzelanny. but now i can't watch anymore--too painful.

:(

JulieDiCaro said:

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Geo smokes it!

JulieDiCaro said:

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WOOT!! Z is pinch hitting!

PsyMar1 said:

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Bad news: made an out.
Good news: didn't get hurt.

PsyMar1 said:

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EPL question: If points and goal differential are both tied, what are the other tiebreaks?

PsyMar1 said:

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Never mind, found it:
English Premier League: 1. Goal difference, 2. Goals scored, 3. Playoff at neutral venue (if for title, relegation or Euro qualification, otherwise: teams share position)

JulieDiCaro said:

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HIT SOMETHING ALREADY!!!!!

secdelahc said:

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Who's singing the stretch? My ears are bleeding.

JulieDiCaro said:

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it was McLovin. GAH.

MillsChC said:

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McLovin = yet another pop culture tidbit I'm oblivious to.

JulieDiCaro said:

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character from the movie "Super Bad."

millertime said:

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The Cubs signed Kurt Russell? Is that who is pitching now?

MN Pat said:

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Hey, we scored!

millertime said:

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Soriano 2/4 today. With an rbi.

MillsChC said:

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I like how Len compared Sloth getting hit in the shoulder to when Prior got hit. That's gotta be the 1st time ever that Tom Gorzelanny got mentioned in the same sentence in a comparison to Mark Prior.

And, while I like what Silva's done, I'm still not convinced he's gonna not be the M's Carlos Silva when the season's over.

Annnnd... I like how Brenly got on Fonzie about how it's a major league outfielder's job to catch fly balls. Even though the error didn't cost the team anything, still good to hear Bob getting all crotchety about poor routine plays this early.

JulieDiCaro said:

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it's kind of the elephant in the room.

i wonder what lou had to say after the game?

jarowcliffe said:

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I heard a stat today...Soriano has 4 errors on the year while the rest of the major leaguers combined have....you guessed it 4 errors!

I heard this from a friend so I dont have a reference or anything but that is just scary!

Edelweiss said:

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Maybe he shouldn't be texting while he is in left field.

secdelahc said:

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Not just regular texting, but sexting in the outfield...

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