Carlos Silva tweaked his right shoulder

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Carlos Silva cubs.jpgBelieve it or not, Carlos Silva actually pitched quite well in his Cubs’ debut against the Reds on Friday night, allowing just one run on three hits over six innings while fanning three and walking none. Unfortunately for him, Drew Stubbs cranked a grand slam off
rookie Esmailin Caridad in the eighth inning to spoil the solid effort.

It was quite odd that Silva was pulled after throwing just 71 pitches, but now we know that he felt some discomfort in his right shoulder. He thinks he may have tweaked it trying to make a play on a ball during the fourth inning.

According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs haven’t announced when Silva will make his next start. Fortunately, because the Cubs have an off-day on Tuesday, they could simply opt to skip him in the rotation this time around. Of course, this will only delay the inevitable conclusion that Silva just isn’t a very good pitcher.

On a related note, Ted Lilly is scheduled to make a rehab start for Triple-A Iowa on Sunday. He was originally slated to pitch on Friday, however it was delayed because of a stiff back. He should return the Cubs later this month.

Noah Syndergaard: ‘I feel like I’m going to bet (on) myself in free agency’

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Yankees starter Luis Severino and Phillies starter Aaron Nola both signed contract extensions within the last week. Severino agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract with a 2023 club option. Nola inked a four-year, $45 million deal with a 2023 club option.

While the deals both represented significant raises and longer-term financial security for the right-handed duo, some feel like the players are selling themselves short. It has become a more common practice for players to agree to these types of deals in part due to how stagnant free agency has become. Get the money while you can.

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard is in a similar situation as Severino and Nola were. He and the Mets avoided arbitration last month, agreeing on a $6 million salary for the 2019 season. He has two more years of arbitration eligibility left. A contract extension with the Mets would presumably cover both of those years plus two or three years of what would be free agent years. As Tim Britton of The Athletic reports, however, Syndergaard plans to test free agency when the time comes.

Syndergaard said, “I trust my ability and the talent that I have. So I feel like I’m going to bet (on) myself in free agency and not do what they did. But if it’s fair for both sides and they approach me on it, then maybe we can talk.” He clarified that he would be open to a conversation about an extension, but the Mets thus far haven’t approached him about it. In his words, “There’s been no traction.”

Syndergaard, 26, has been one of baseball’s better starters since debuting in 2015. He owns a career 2.93 ERA with 573 strikeouts and 116 walks in 518 1/3 innings. Among pitchers to have logged at least 400 innings since 2015 and post a lower ERA are Clayton Kershaw (2.22), Jacob deGrom (2.66) and Max Scherzer (2.71). Syndergaard made only seven starts in 2017 yet still ranks seventh among pitchers in total strikeouts since 2015.

If Sydergaard doesn’t end up signing an extension, he will be entering free agency after the 2021 season. The collective bargaining agreement expires in December 2021 and a new one will likely be agreed upon around that time. Syndergaard will hopefully have better prospects entering free agency then than players do now.