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Gorzelanny and Silva round out the Cubs rotation

By Patrick Malartsik

Things have been uncertain this spring about who will be the fourth and fifth hurler’s for the Cubs. Friday, Lou Pinella named Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny to the starting staff.

With “Big Z” as the front man followed by Ryan Dempster and Randy Wells, no one really knew if Jeff Samardzija or Sean Marshall had what it takes to start for the Cubs this season. After a being 0-2 with an ERA of over 6.00 thus far, Samardzija just isn’t ready for a starting position yet. Marshall on the other hand made his case for a starting gig with a 1-0 record and having a low ERA of 1.64. He only let up 2 earned runs over 11 innings pitched. I guess Pinella saw something in another lefty, Gorzelanny.

Tom Gorzelanny was practically the ace for the Pirates in 2007. He went 14-10 for a horrible Pittsburgh team. After being traded to the Cubbies, Gorzelanny has basically been a spot guy with tons of potential. Pinella has obviously seen this from him this spring and has opted to give him the chance to start. Who knows how long this job will last though. With Ted Lilly coming back from surgery in mid April, will the Cubs keep three lefties in the rotation? This is highly unlikely.

Carlos Silva is 5-18 over the past two seasons with an ERA well over 6.00. This spring, Silva has shown his potential for what he has done in the past. Win games. Silva’s 2-1 record this spring has earned him a spot in the Cubs starting rotation. I don’t know if I would pick him up on my fantasy team but he seems like a decent 4 or 5 starter. Personally, I have high expectations for this guy and think that he will shine in the NL.


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