Carlos Zambrano looks to keep the good times rolling as the Cubs return to Wrigley Field tonight to take on the San Francisco Giants. Big Z has been at the top of his game since returning to the starting rotation in early August. He has a chance to win his 7th game in a row as his ability to limit his walks each game has put him (and his team) in a better position to win each game. Zambrano has a new perspective on the game of baseball during the last few months — “Things happen for a reason. I learned a lesson when the [tantrum] happened, and sometimes God puts you in situations for you to leanr things. I just want to keep going and do something to help this team.” Going 6-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 8 starts since becoming a starter again, has enabled Big Z to get his ERA down to a respectable 3.75. A win tonight would also give him 10 wins on the season. It could happen because Big Z has had success against the Giants — in 9 starts, he has a 5-1 record with a 2.92 ERA.
Each and every start makes it that much harder for the Cubs to decide what to do with the troubled righty. If he really is committed to staying in shape and being a team player, Big Z has shown just what he can do when he is focused. The problem is, he always seems to be 1 small step away from losing it on the field or in the locker room. If a good offer for the righty comes along during the off-season, GM Jim Hendry and the Ricketts Family are going to have a tough decision ahead of them.