Carlos Silva No Milton Bradley

Bullpen BrianCorrespondent IApril 10, 2010

So much for the ghost of Milton Bradley. Carlos Silva was outstanding Friday.

He’s already exceeded my expectations…seriously, I thought the guy would get canned in Mesa.

Instead, he finished the spring 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA…then pitched well enough for the win against the Reds.

But Esmailin Caridad blows it in the eighth…shocking, I know.

Caridad was working with a two run lead…he walked the first two batters he faced…then allows a towering grand slam to Drew Stubbs. It’s sickening.

Why can’t the bullpen throw strikes? Berg, Samardzija, Grabow, Marmol and Caridad…they’ve all worked behind in the count. Doesn’t matter if it’s Game 4 or Game 104…you’ve got to throw strikes. Period!

I’ve said before…nothing is tougher to watch than a faulty bullpen…and that’s exactly what the Cubs’ middle relief is–faulty.

Am I panicking a little bit? YES! The Cubs have held the lead in all four games…but have just one win to show for it. If it’s not already a trend, it’s headed that way.

Andrew Cashner started his first game for Double-A Tennessee by striking out the first seven batters he faced…and 10 of the 18 batters he faced total. How long before Lou summons him to the big club?

And where’s the offense? Another dismal night with RISP…4-for-11…13 men left on base. Sorry, but that doesn’t fly with this thin bullpen.

The lack of improvements to the pen’ was my fear all winter long. Four games in and it’s already the nightmare I anticipated.