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.