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Time to Back off Big Z



I realize that as Cub fans we are all just a bit on edge most of the time but I also think we are much tougher on the guys than other teams fans and much tougher on the guys than we ever used to be. My main example is going to be the treatment of Carlos Zambrano. There has been no shortage of requests on this site to ship Carlos on the first train out of Chicago once this season ends. Is that really a good idea?? Big Z is still just 27 years old and a talent that will not be easily replaced....he is also not the only big money pitcher who has not lived up to expectations this year. Here is a list of big money pitchers and thier number so far this year;

 

Zambrano    131 - IP, 108 - K's, 3.91 - ERA, 7-6, 18.75 million dollars

B. Zito            162-IP, 125 - K's, 3.94 - ERA, 9-11, 18.5 million dollars

R. Oswalt      161 - IP, 119 - K's, 3.86 - ERA, 7-5, 14 million dollars

D. Lowe         164 - IP, 87 - K's, 4.38 - ERA, 13-8, 15 million dollars

A. Harang      162 - IP, 142 - K's, 4.21 - ERA, 6-14, 14 million dollars

 

Carlos may be the highest paid on the list but he certainly isn't the most disappointing and he is the youngest by far. I wonder if the fans of the Giants, Astros, Braves & Reds complain as much about the contracts or the production of the guys from thier teams.....I doubt it.

Carlos has certainly been frustrating at times and the last two starts have not been pretty but he is 27 years old and unless you can get back another #1 or #2 starter it is not time to give up on him yet.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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