3/26 Silva, Gorzelanny to start

Lou Piniella made his picks and Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny will be in the rotation at the start of the season while Jeff Samardzija and Sean Marshall go to the bullpen. The team also sent seven players to the Minor League camp, and it appears that lefty James Russell has made the big league team. The Cubs sent Jeff Gray, Marcos Mateo and John Gaub to the Minors.

– Carrie Muskat

5 Comments

Good choices! By the time Lilly gets back, we may find ourselves a little heavy on lefties, but It’s kinda hard to ignore a guy (Russell) who’s pitches a shutout in ST and still has a 0.00 ERA.

Good choices, I’m looking forward to see Silva and Gorzo in the rotation, also, I don’t know if anyone agree with me but I think Samardzija is better suited as a starter, so, in my humble opinion, he needs to eat some innings down in Triple A to be more polished for next year and be possibly a 4th starter, hopefully his talent wont be wasted in the bullpen.

I agree with you on that Samardzja call caps. But tenn, if the pitcher with a 0.00 era gets the nod for a bullpen spot (which I agree with), why wouldn’t the pitcher with the much lower era get the nod for one of TWO open starting spots? I mean Mashall over either Gorzelanny or Silva. It doesn’t really bother me that much that Marshall is in the pen but I can’t help but feel that Silva was going to make the starting staff regardless, just so Hendry can appear to save face from the Bradley debacle???

I like the decisions………Except for Silva. But when Lilly gets back he can go to the minors. I know. Wishful thinking with his contract, but I don’t think a contract should decide whether you make the team or not. The team should just eat his salary and put the best team on the field. Silva isn’t part of the best pitchers by any means. And Baker should be replaced by Starlin Castro on the roster, Fontenot should be moved to the bench, Castro should be starting at SS and Theriot should be starting at 2B. This would also strengthen the lineup by pushing all the hitters back one spot making room for Castro before the sluggers.

I like the decisions………Except for Silva. But when Lilly gets back he can go to the minors. I know. Wishful thinking with his contract, but I don’t think a contract should decide whether you make the team or not. The team should just eat his salary and put the best team on the field. Silva isn’t part of the best pitchers by any means. And Baker should be replaced by Starlin Castro on the roster, Fontenot should be moved to the bench, Castro should be starting at SS and Theriot should be starting at 2B. This would also strengthen the lineup by pushing all the hitters back one spot making room for Castro before the sluggers.

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