August 18, 2007

Is That Silva?

Two years ago, when the Twins received Carlos Silva in the Eric Milton trade, Silva became a very pleasant surprise. In his first season with the team, he went 14-8 with a pretty nice 4.21 ERA. The next season, his record wasn't as good, but he still went 9-8 with a 3.44 ERA.

Last season however, was not one of beauty, and after a rough spring this season, many were calling for his removal from the team.

At times so far this season, he has struggled. But what pitcher doesn't. Plus, most of his bad starts came in the first half of the season when he went 6-10 with a 4.58 ERA. Since the break, Silva has went just 3-2, but has held batters to a .231 batting average and has a very solid 3.21 ERA.

In fact, in his last two starts, Silva has two no decisions, but has an awesome 0.69 ERA to go along with an awesome opponents batting average of .149.

Within the last week or two, some rumors have started to arise that Carlos Silva has told the Twins front office that he will take a pay cut to stay with both the Minnesota Twins and his good friend Johan Santana at the end of the season.

It might be hard to bring him back, with Hunter needing to be resigned, and others needing extensions. In addition to that, they have an abundance of pitchers that are ready to take that step and move to the majors.

But, if Silva continues his recent pitching ways, it might be hard to turn down his offer when the season ends. And, it might just make Johan a little happier which is definitely needed.