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Carlos Zambrano Must Die– Game 4

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Game 4 – Cubs at Mets – April 20, 2010 – 6:10 PM

Game Stats   Season Stats  
Innings 6 Starts 4
Pitches 119 Quality Starts 2
Hits 6 Record 1-2
Walks 3 Strikeouts 26
Strikeouts 9 ERA  7.54 (– from 9.45)
Earned runs 2 WHIP  1.88 (– from 2.03)

It’s only the third inning, Z, and I’m checking in.  You just walked the pitcher and gave up a two-run triple.  George F. Will  says he can tell how well a pitcher is doing by how many first-pitch strikes he throws.  Right now, you’re 6-14.

It might hearten you to know, Carlos, that you’re not the most compelling problem on the Cubs right now.  That honor belongs to Pinella.  Didn’t he come with a “buyer beware” sticker from Tampa Bay?  I’m tired of his lack of intensity.  I think the rest of the team cues on that.  How else do you explain losing 2 of 3 at home last weekend to the worst team in the NL?

I’m not blaming you for this loss, Z.  You killed the lead-off hitter tonight (1-6, 2Ks), and plowed through the heart of the order (0-8, 1BB, 5Ks), but your team only got you 2 hits for support.  Even though your pitch count was high again (and you were 13-26 on first-pitch strikes), these are the types of performances we need to see from you every time you take the mound.  Still, it’s the bottom of the first inning for this season and you haven’t helped yourself.

Written by seeker70

April 21, 2010 at 1:50 am

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  1. I enjoy this serial, but you’re right. Big Z isn’t the biggest problem on the team at all. In fact, he’s one of many. I’m not even technically a Cubs fan, but the way they’re letting their fans down this season makes me solemnly wonder how Lou can change the team to start playing some inspired ball. But, after a series of off-season trades that still make me scratch my head (never should have let either DeRosa or Johnson go, for one), I knew Chicago was doomed this season. In fact, I said at the beginning of the season that I was foreseeing the Pittsburgh Pirates to surpass the Cubs. I was laughed at when I said that. But who’s laughing now? If the Cubs (and Carlos) don’t turn this ship around, Cubs will finish behind the Peppermint Patties, too.

    nate danger

    April 21, 2010 at 6:13 am

  2. With Z being shipped to the pen, this whole thing is taking on a surreal quality. Now my fear is that he can screw up multiple games a week, and when the inevitable rotation injury comes, Z won’t be in shape to go back to the rotation except in short duty.


    April 22, 2010 at 2:31 am

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