If Carlos Zambrano wasn’t 100-percent entering Thursday’s game, as noted by Mike Quade, why start him?
Is Zambrano not a prized trade piece, a guy who potentially brings the Cubs real value in return for a late July player swap?
The risk of asking Big Z to push through the pain is enormous. His trade value may never be higher, and his contract certainly isn’t getting any smaller.
Aramis Ramirez’s trade value is skyrocketing.
Mr. Clutch has made a dramatic comeback from his disappearing act through the first two months of the season.
His game-tying home run Thursday off Giants’ closer Brian Wilson, who had not allowed a HR in his last 44 outings, comes on the heels of his game-winning walk-off hit Wednesday night!
That gives Aramis 8 HR and 19 RBI in his last 23 games. A June turn-a-round which also includes a .296 average this month. And history warns us the third baseman is just warming up.