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Zambrano Will Stay A Cub

By bullpenbrian at 07.17.2011 1 comment.

Carlos Zambrano assured himself he’ll be a Cub in 2012 with Saturday’s drubbing of 8 runs in 4.2 innings. The outing virtually lowers Zambrano’s trade value to zero.

No GM can justify taking on Z’s huge contract when Carlos’ head simply isn’t in the game, which was evident Saturday, and Z said so himself:

“I felt good, my fastball was good, my arm, body (were) good. Intelligence? Not good. Bad pitches to Stanton twice.”

That’s not the kind of risk favorable for contenders down the stretch.

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Speaking of trade value, Aramis Ramirez is a must-have for contenders in need of offense.

His three-run shot Saturday, his 16th of the year, gives him 14 HR and 38 RBI over his last 36 games.

Furthermore, he’s gone deep in 7 of his last 8 games…and 11 of his last 21 games. It’s safe to say Ramirez’s trade value may never be higher.

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More signs the Cubs are an awful team…eight of the Marlins 13 runs scored with two outs…while the defense committed two more errors giving them 81 for the season–a major league worst.

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What a display of power hitting by Mike Stanton! Two oppage jobs deep into the bleachers, neither aided by wind. He’s a special kind of talent, one that should stay right in step with Starlin Castro’s climb to stardom.

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I’ve often thought Javier Vazquez is one of the most under appreciated pitchers in the game. He’s spent 14 seasons in the bigs, never been on the DL, and continues to be a strikeout machine at age 34.

He’s started 30-plus games in 11 of 13 full seasons with a record of (157-157). I’m not saying he’s a great pitcher…just not fully appreciated.

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Marlins outfielder, Bryan Petersen, reminds me of a young Steve Finley!

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Great camera work by WGN to catch Marlins reliever Edward Mujica napping in the second inning!

Like any true manager would, Bob Brenly called Mujica out on-air for his cat nap. But let’s face it, even Cubs fans were tuned out at that point.

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