* Silva is allowing a .363/.412/.715 line for opposing hitters this year. To put it mildly, only three players in all of baseball (Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, and Jason Giambi) have a higher OPS than Silva is allowing to opposing hitters collectively.
* Silva has allowed 15 home runs in 46 innings. If he were to throw 188 and 1/3 innings like he did last year, that would put him on pace to allow about 61 homers. Last year he allowed 25. The major league record for home runs allowed in a season is 50, set by Mr. Bert Blyleven. Silva is starting to look an awful lot like the guy the Twins traded to the Phillies to get him a few years back...
* Silva's 8.80 ERA, which is nearly one run higher than the second-worst starter in baseball currently, Josh Towers, is nearly double his worst ERA in his career (4.43). Something is clearly wrong and it doesn't appears to be getting fixed.
In fact, its unlikely anything will happen to change this trend. No doubt the fact that Silva's past gives no precedent his awful performance so far is what has caused the Twins to be so hesitant to make a move with him. However, at this point, it is clear that Silva needs to be banished from the rotation. He has allowed 5+ runs in every single start he's made this year except for a home start against Kansas City. If the Twins are going to keep him on the roster for the time being, which they almost surely will, he should be moved to the bullpen. As a reliever in Philadelphia, Silva had a 3.83 ERA over two years and allowed only 11 HRs in 171.1 innings. Whether it's a relocation to the bullpen, a trip to the minors, or a trade/release (highly unlikely), something must happen with Silva. He cannot be allowed to make another start. If the Twins do that, they might as well use the dagger they couldn't put through the heart of the White Sox to stab themselves. He cannot get it done and at this point, and leaving Francisco Liriano in the bullpen while the rotation continues to struggle so mightily seems insane and just idiotic. Silva has to go.
I'd love to say some negatives things about the offense, but you just can't really blame them for the loss. Sure, they were fairly inept after their seven-run first inning and even managed to hit into a triple-play in the sixth, but they cannot be blamed for this loss. It's all Silva. The Twins defense did make a few errors which made things harder on Carlos, but several great defensive plays also helped him from taking further damage.
As Jim Souhan notes in today's Star Tribune:
If the Twins hope to contend, or even crest .500, they'll need better starting pitching. Johan Santana and Liriano starting 40 percent of your games could solve a lot of problems, and putting Silva in the bullpen could ease the pressure on a pitcher who admits he feels wracked with guilt.It's unfortunate that the Twins lost a game they easily could have won last night, but if it serves the larger purpose of getting Silva removed from the rotation, then perhaps it will be for the best in the long run.