Zambrano to Pen

After struggling to start the season, Carlos Zambrano is moving to the Cubs bullpen
That’s right, Carlos Zambrano has been slated for the bullpen as of Wednesday. He has no doubt struggled to start the season, but I don’t think anyone saw this coming. Hopefully Carlos will be able to do whatever it is the Cubs want from him so he can get back to the starting rotation as soon as possible.

I’ve heard some people on the radio saying they think this is a good move and that Zambrano deserves to be taken out of the starting rotation. Do you really believe that? You think we are better without Zambrano in the rotation? Was his last start really that bad? I think not and I also think this will only hurt the Cubs.

I think we all can agree he hasn’t played up to par early on, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again now: he is the most consistent pitcher we’ve had here in Chicago for the last decade. If you want the facts, check out my earlier post here: http://cubssoup.com/?p=28

The way I see it, there are few reasons the Cubs may have made this move and I honestly don’t like any of them. The first and most likely reason is simply due to his poor performance. However, I really don’t see how this move could possibly help that. If they’re trying to get him to settle down and regain some of his focus, this isn’t the way to go about it. If anything, it will rattle his cage even more. We’ve seen Zambrano for long enough to know he has a few screws loose and I think demoting him to the pen will only cause more frustration. If this is the Cubs reason for taking him out of the rotation, they’re making the wrong move.

Another possible reason for moving Zambrano is so he can provide some help to the bullpen. There’s no doubt they are a sad group of pitchers and need whatever help they can get. However, I find it funny that they’re moving Carlos when almost all of his struggles have come early on in his outings, which wouldn’t bode well for a quick relief appearance. And will he really help more in the bullpen than he would as a starter when he eventually returns to form? There’s no possible way. I don’t care how bad the bullpen is. You’re paying him as a starter, so why use him as a reliever? It just wouldn’t make any sense for them to make the move for this reason.

This brings me to the last – and worst – possible reason for moving Zambrano to the pen. Big Z has a no trade clause in his contract. If the Cubs are looking to move him after his slow start, they need him to want out. Shoving him in the bullpen will surely set him off enough to make that happen. If this is indeed what the Cubs are trying to do, they’re making a big mistake. Zambrano is a legitimate top of the rotation guy as well as an innings eater. He may not be playing to his pay grade at this very moment, but he will turn things around. He’s too good not to. If you get rid of him right now you’re definitely not going to get as much as you should.

Only time will tell what is going through the minds of the Cubs brass, but no matter how you slice it, I think they are making a terrible move. I don’t care how poor he’s started; It’s four games! I understand it’s all about the here and now, but I don’t know how you can discount his career when considering this move. No matter why they decided to do it, I don’t see it helping the ball club’s performance, which is really all that matters.


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  1. nate says:

    yeah! tell ‘em!

  2. Gigi says:

    This will be very interesting to see in the end what thier strategy is. And what our outcome will be. For whatever reasons the fans stay loyal. Maybe disappointed and fraustrated but loyal. Keep us posted on your thoughts.

    Gigi

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  5. tubby cubby fan says:

    I think if they make Dr. Phil the bullpen coach, then “Headcase” Zambrano will be fine

  6. ray.joselane ray.joselane says:

    I’m not sure Dr. Phil would be able to reel Zambrano in or figure out what crazy crap is running through his head. But he couldn’t do much worse than Rothschild.