Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: August 27 vs. Nationals - No. 1 Starter

GameCastJ.D. Martin (2-3, 4.76 ERA) vs. Randy Wells (9-6, 2.84 ERA)

Story Lines

Today, instead of rehashing the same old GameCast, we will start a series of looks at different players that are signed for next year, and some of the free agents. I will take a quick look at their preformance and some overall contract numbers. Feel free to debate the mertis of the players in the comment section.

Starting Pitcher - No. 1 Starter (Carlos Zambrano)

Contract 2009: 17.8 Million

Contract 2010:17.9 Million

Stats 2009: 7-5, 3.80 ERA in 128 innings. 105/60 K/BB Ratio with a 1.38 WHIP

Carlos Zambrano is paid like his is the ace of the staff. While he is a prefectly fine pitcher, it doesn't seem like he is going to win too many Cy Youngs in the future. 2009 will be the second year in a row where Big Z. does not pitch 200 innings, and his strikeouts have fallen once again. At least his opposing OPS has not really taken off, so people are not hitting him hard, but he has a tough time getting the K when he really needs it.

His contract is pretty big and the good thing is that it does not really jump any higher over the last three years. The problem is that he is getting almost 18 million. Ted Lilly has pitched better and thrown more innings, but makes six million less than Carlos. That being said, Carlos has the ability to turn things around and become one of the best pitchers in the NL if he starts to train a little bit more. Hopefully, he is serious about losing weight in the offseason and that will make him a better pitcher. 

If you look at Carlos, he is really a great snapshot of the Cubs' season. He's been up and down, and the Cubs certainly been up and down. Carlos has three years left on his deal, and baring a trade he will finish up his deal at Age 31, so there is still time for him to turn in a few more solid years. Tomorrow will look at Ted Lilly and what is probaly Jim Hendry's best FA signing ever.

Running Totals:
Payroll for 2010: 17.9 Million

Who's Hot
Milton Bradley - Can you believe it? When the games become basically meaningless, Bradley heats up and drives in three runs.

Koyie Hill - Don't look now, but Koyie's average is up to .242 after a three-hit night last night. It doesn't hurt that he is playing the Nationals, but hey I don't see Geovany Soto hitting.

Who's Not

Carlos Marmol - The Cubs got a nice seven-run lead, before Marmol walked the bases loaded. I still say the Cubs might want to look for some relievers in the offseason.

Aaron Miles  -  I know he laid down a sac bunt in the 7th, but he still sucks and he didn't get a hit.


The Cubs finally won last night, but didn't gain ground since Roy Oswalt decided to give up three runs in an inning. A win today would be nice, because winning is better to deal with.

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