Carlos Silva’s return to active duty was not a memorable one. He lost to the Astros 7-3. Of course, on another day the Cubs might have scored a ton of runs. It is always hard to tell these days. One thing is sure, once again my prognostication was incorrect, and yet I know it won’t keep me from stating my opinion in the future.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article on the Chicago Cubs’ website titled “Rusty Silva takes loss in return from DL.” That sums things up pretty well. It dropped the Cubs to 9-5 under Mike Quade, which is still certainly an acceptable record. They still look like a different team.
Silva’s record is now 10-6. Nelson Figueroa got the win for the Astros. He is now 5-2, and has really been doing a good job.
The evil-doer for the Astros was Michael Bourn, who had three RBI’s and a single, double and a triple. Adding to the Houston arsenal was Brett Wallace, who hit his first home run.
For the Cubs, Tyler Colvin continued to do well, hitting a triple and giving the Cubs an RBI.
Part of the Cubs’ problems today was that Starlin Castro and Aramis Ramirez remained benched. Both have been hitting the ball well. In fact, Castro is running third in the National League with a .317 average.
Aramis Ramirez is still nursing a sore right quad. Castro is sitting in the corner as a punishment. He made a base running error. Actually, “error” is being nice. It was a “care” mistake. He saw he didn’t get the hit, so he stopped thinking when you know you are supposed to run everything out. As Quade said, he (Castro) didn’t have the benefit of playing in the minor leagues.
Wednesday, Sept. 8, the Cubs will play the final game of the three-game series with Houston. They will be going to Houston for the final series of the regular season, which will be the end of the season for these two teams since neither has a shot at postseason.
I refuse to stop predicting the outcome of games because, much like flipping a coin, sooner or later you have to be right.
The Cubs will win. After I get a pick right, then I’m going for the score; just for fun.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Rusty Silva takes loss in return from DL”