Chicago put Carlos Silva on the disabled list on Monday, one day after an abnormal heart rate force Chicago’s top pitcher out of Sunday’s game against Colorado. Silva was one of the few bright spots on the Cubs this season vs. the baseball lines as he was leading the team in wins and ERA.
Baseball odds this season have favored the Cubs far too often and Chicago has been one of the biggest losers for gamblers. One pitcher that had gone against the bad numbers was Silva who was leading the Cubs in wins with ten. He also had the top ERA on the team at 3.92. The Cubs put him on the DL on Monday and recalled pitcher Thomas Diamond who will start on Tuesday.
Doctors said that Silva is suffering from PSVT, which can cause an abnormally high heart rhythm. It is unclear when or if Silva will be allowed to pitch for the Cubs again this season. Part of the problem for Silva may have been the altitude in Colorado so it is possible that he could return for Chicago this year. Silva only faced four batters on Sunday before being removed from the game against Colorado. He got tagged with the loss as James Russell was terrible in relief and allowed both of the inherited runners to score.
Just how bad has it been for the Cubs recently vs. the baseball odds? They were swept by the Rockies and headed back home on a five-game losing streak. They were 1-5 on the road trip and fell 13 games under .500. The Cubs allowed 31 runs in the three games in Colorado and 45 in their five-game losing streak.
There is not a lot of hope with the Cubs now that they have traded away Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot. Chicago is 23rd in the league in offense at 4.23 runs per game. They have not done much right on offense although they can occasionally hit the home run as they are 11th in the league in home runs. Their pitching has been awful for the most part this season vs. the baseball lines. They are 21st in the league in ERA which is somewhat hard to believe considering they are fifth in the league in quality starts and third in strikeouts.