Less Z, More Cubbie Occurrence

You have to believe there’s a smile on the faces of Jim Edmonds, Michael Barrett and Derrek Lee–all of whom have had nasty encounters with Big Z.

Until Hendry slapped Zambrano on the 30-day disqualified list on Saturday, the pitcher had basically escape those confrontations scot-free–despite the fact Carlos was the guilty party on each occasion.

Now that Carlos has dug a hole he can’t climb out of, at least in the short-term, his rivals can whaler in the pleasure of seeing him swim in his self created mud bath.

But I figure the three former Cubs probably share our feelings about Zambrano more so than feelings of revenge against him. No one is surprised, just saddened and exhausted by Zambrano’s continuous antics.


Is this the end of Derrek Lee’s career?

The Pirates placed Lee on the 15-day DL with a fractured left wrist on Saturday.

Leave it to Carlos Marmol to end Lee’s season, and possible his career, when he struck Derrek on the wrist with a pitch on August 3.

Lee played just five games with Pittsburgh since being acquired during the July 31 trade deadline. He managed five hits, two of which were HRs in his debut, and 3 RBI.

Where the 35-year-old ends up next season is anyone’s guess.


In another Cubbie occurrence. Former Cub Jason Marquis was knocked out of his Sunday start, literally, by another former Cub and now Met, Angel Pagan, who smashed a come-backer off Marquis’ right fibula.

Marquis is out a minimum of 4-6 weeks, although it doesn’t appear a huge loss to Arizona’s hopes of winning the west division. Marquis is (0-2) with a 12.38 ERA since joining the D-Backs via trade from Washington.

What it does prove, however, is an opening in Arizona’s starting rotation. Hmmm…could  Big Z be the next Big Cactus?


Anyone notice the Brewers have the second best record in the NL, tied with Atlanta’s (70-51) record?

Milwaukee is 25-9 since July 6, which is the best record in the Major Leagues, and have a solid 5.0 games cushion over St. Louis in the Central.

The next four series for the Brewers are against teams with below .500 records, including the Cubs. And if Milwaukee can improve its lead by one or two more games heading into September, the likelihood of St. Louis catching them is slim to none.


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