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2010 Game 4 Thread: Cubs at Reds

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Chicago Cubs
@ Cincinnati Reds

Friday, Apr 9, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Carlos Silva vs Homer Bailey

Clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 55.

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2009 - Carlos Silva
1-3 8.60 1.71 10 11

2009 - Homer Bailey 8-5 4.53 1.47 86 52

I've been overloaded with book work today, so I don't have much to say about this game. We should be going to the printers any minute now and then I'll be drowning myself in beer while I watch the game.

The question we've all been wondering starts to get answered tonight: Is Homer Bailey for real? After posting a 7.53 ERA in his first 11 starts in 2009, he finished the season with a 9-start stretch where he went 6-1 with a 1.70 ERA. Surely we can't expect similar results for this season. Or can we? I know one thing is for sure, it's exciting to think of Bailey as potentially a dominant pitcher again.

The same won't be said about Carlos Silva. After signing a monster contract (4yr/$48M) to go to Seattle before the 2008 season, Silva has been terribly terrible (5-18, 6.18 ERA in 36 games). The Cubs were so desperate to get rid of Milton Bradley that they traded for Silva prior to this season. He had a pretty good spring, so I'm sure there are many that are optimistic that he can get back to his merely crappy days that he had in Minnesota. I'm not a believer, though I won't be surprised if the Reds make it look possible tonight.