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Carlos Zambrano wins for first time since late June

Aug 15, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano has struggled this season in more ways than one.  Through 70 innings — 11 starts, 16 relief appearances — he has posted a 5.27 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 38 walks against 63 strikeouts.  Oh, and there was that little incident back in June that cost him a month.

Perhaps some progress was made on Saturday.  Big Z limited the division rival Cardinals to two earned runs over 5.2 innings on a steamy day at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium, allowing his Cubs to grab a 3-2 victory.  He struck out three batters and issued only two walks.

As the Associated Press notes, it was his first victory since June 20.  It was also his first sign of life since his team-issued suspension.

Zambrano is owed $18 million annually through 2014, which will make a trade or any type of move extremely difficult.  Essentially, the Cubbies are stuck with him.  So they might as well throw him into the fire and see if he can settle in as a reliable third or fourth starter.  Hey, every good team has a few innings eaters.

  1. Mrsteve - Aug 15, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    I wonder why latin & black players can’t keep their hands to themselves. I don’t get it. It mirrors society. Jails. Ever watch disorder in the court or worlds dumbest or most shocking. 90 % black or hispanic. 10% dumb white cletus yokels.
    It’s sad though. Keep your hands to yourself! Didn’t that idiot Robin Ventura teach anyone anything.

  2. JCD - Aug 15, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    I’m sorry, is Brett Myers black or hispanic? All races have idiots, idiot.

  3. Mrsteve - Aug 15, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Brett Myers? What are you talking about. Jean Claude Van Damme is a fag

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