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Starting ‘Big Z’ Risky Business

By bullpenbrian at 07.01.2011 Leave a comment.

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.

Without knowing the full extent of Zambrano’s injury, if there is one, leaves Quade’s decision up for debate.

But if Carlos ends up being shelved on the DL as a result of Thursday’s outing…we can also shelve any trade talk.

That, of course, would be a real shame, and costly mistake, given Zambrano’s .730 career winning percentage in July (27-10), which is tops among active players with at least 35 decisions.

In the meantime, all is forgotten because Marcus Mateo put together a stellar relief outing–the best of his big league career–and the Cubs won the game in dramatic fashion.

However, only time will tell how this story ends for both ‘Z and ‘Q.

We stay tuned.

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