Although it is a small sample size, Cubs fans can't ignore the overpowering stuff Carlos Silva has shown in the National League. Silva had always been a pitcher who relied heavily on control being among the league leaders in BB/9 ratio while leaving much to be desired in his K/9 ratio. Silva came to the spacious Safeco Field showing no signs of being an adequate starter on any major league team. After the failed Milton Bradley experiment, we have been blessed to land the portly right hander.
Through two games Silva is looking like an elite pitcher and potential Cy Young candidate. Silva currently ranks 3rd in the NL in ERA(0.69) and 1st in the NL in WHIP(0.62). It is unrealistic to expect him to keep up this performance, however, it is feasible Silva ends up with a line close to a 2.70ERA/1.00 WHIP. I understand advanced baseball statistics don't support this performance, but a change in scenery has resurrected many careers. I am excited to continue watching the Carlos Silva Show, and hopefully the bullpen comes together in capitalizing on these outings. I will be posting on this issue in the future with advanced statistics accounting for runs given up due to Alfonso Soriano's pony league defense. Go Cubs, Keep up the good work Carlos.