Lou names Zambrano the Opening Day starter and it’s a non-story.
But if Lou tabs Dempster as the No.1 it’s a huge story.
Zambrano’s mental game is chaos at times. Lou knows Z’s pride could throw him into a hissy-fit for the next month…bad karma in the clubhouse sort of thing.
And if this wasn’t the issue Lou puts his best pitcher, Dempster, on the mound in the season opener.
Better still, Lilly is the No.2, then comes Zambrano and finally Harden.
Starting Opening Day is an honor for any pitcher, but remember, it’s also an honor earned.
Big Z has made four in-a-row: he’s (0-4).
Last year Dempster was money from the opening bell and without question, was also the most reliable arm on the staff.
It’s not that I’m rooting against Big Z, I like the guy, it’s just that I think he needs a mental butt-kicking.
Sitting out Opening Day would’ve done the trick.
Sure, Z would get mad about it, but maybe such a move fires him up to the point where he gets rededicated mentally?
Of course, that’s a stretch with Carlos, a pitcher in his ninth season who’s yet to learn a measurable amount of self discipline on the mound.
Savor the flavor Z, this could be your last Opening Day start with the Cubs.