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10 responses to “Mike Quade Sounds Prepared to Put Up with Some Crap From Carlos Zambrano”

  1. pfk

    Ace, I’m OK with what Quade said. I think you are reading too much into it. I think Z knows that Hendry et al won’t put up with anymore of his acts. I also think Z finally knows that if he focuses and stays under control he can be awesome. Yes, he’ll have a hissy fit now and again, but those are OK. I actually think he’ll have a strong year. I just hope they send him a message by not making him be the Opening Day pitcher.

    1. wax_eagle

      I think Garza will start opening day. Dempster and Z are both good pitchers and Wells has the potential to continue to be good. Garza is the only guy on this staff who still has the potential to be really good to great. He will start opening day and with a bit of luck will be the best pitcher on the staff the whole season.

      I think the rotation for the start of the season will be

      Garza
      Dempster
      Z
      Wells
      Silva

      When either Silva gets hurt with a season ending injury or Z goes on the crazy list again Cashner will take the 5th spot and do really well. If both happen Cashner and Diamond or Coleman will fill out the rotation. The Cubs can compete with the rotation above if 4 of those 5 play to their potential.

      1. miggy80

        I personally think that it will be Dempster. He has 13 yrs of mlb service under his belt. Did a pretty good job back when he was a closer and he (from what I understand) has a good head on his shoulders. Plus he’s a good community guy. With a coach that has 14 yrs minor league experince, I doubt that Garza with 5 yrs of mlb service and first year with the Cubs gets the opening day nod.

  2. Raymond Robert Koenig

    Let’s not kid ourselves. Some time during the 2011 season Zambrano will have yet another of his “episodes”. Management will wring their hands and make excuses for him. The Cubs need to get rid of him before the season starts.

    1. Mike S

      I bet you won’t be saying that if Big Z pitches lights out. How easy you turn on your players when things aren’t going well.

      1. DaveB

        Raymond, do you realize how filthy Z was after he came back from his little episode? 8-0 in 11 starts, thats pure domination. Hes proven that he can pitch at the ace level, hes just never been able to keep it consistent (and actually regressed the last couple of years… until the end of last season). I know it occurred when the Cubs were already out of the race, but he wasn’t getting any help from his shittastic offense, it was basically all him winning those games (which he can also do offensively).

        Pure and simple he pitched at ace level those last 11 or so starts. He at least deserves the benefit of doubt and the chance to go out and do it from day 1, and do it over an entire season. Think about how many athletes have some sort of turning point in their career. ESPECIALLY in a sport like baseball, with pitching, I imagine it has to be very mental. Maybe Z needed the blowup last year to put things in perspective for him and make him realize what he wants to do if he truly wants to be successful (like Ace said). He obviously still has filthy stuff physically, its now just a matter of the mind game. Could he have another meltdown and suck it up? Yes. But if he was EVER going to turn the corner, it would be NOW. Hes 29, an age when most pitchers start entering their prime. After what happened last year, its basically now or never for him to step up. I’m excited to see what happens.

      2. Raymond Robert Koenig

        We’ll see. Let’s let the season take it’s course. I believe we’ll see the same Zambrano as usual.