Carlos Zambrano has been unstoppable since rejoining the Cubs’ starting rotation. Big Z has been back on track and is ready to roll as the Cubs’ look to sweep St. Louis. The Cardinals will counter with Chris Carpenter in the series finale. The Cards are 7 games back and find themselves slipping from playoff contention.
As of late the Cardinals have struggled and the Cubs have enjoyed solid pitching, both from the starting rotation and the bullpen. Cubs’ pitchers have allowed 2 or fewer runs in each of the past 5 games. Big Z has a 1.60 e.r.a. in his last six starts and did not allow any runs in his previous start in Milwaukee. The Cubs are now 12-7 under Mike Quade.