Keep this in mind about Silva
Taken by itself, Monday’s 2-0 loss is a blown opportunity to keep their postseason hopes going, or at least not allow the Yankees to back in. However, losing a game like this to Carlos Silva is part of a pattern that goes back for most of the season.
Statistically, Silva isn’t much this year (12-14, 4.40 entering tonight), but he’s the kind of pitcher who has given the Tigers trouble all year — the sinkerball-throwing type that throws strikes, forces contact and induces ground balls. Fausto Carmona is a harder-throwing version. Roy Halladay is similar, but he’s in a class by himself. When these guys are on, they’re tough against any team, but they prove particularly challenging for the Tigers because they force Detroit hitters to try to manufacture offense on the ground. They had their chances at doing that tonight, but they never got that big hit.
Carlos Guillen was the only Tiger who could get the ball in the air off of Silva tonight, which probably explains why Guillen has hit him so well over the course of his career. Even so, all it got Guillen was three fly outs. His only hit came off Joe Nathan in the ninth.