Laean wrote:i believe his splits when barrett is catching him is horrible, while when another catcher is catching him he is good.
This observation, combined with the "between the ears" comment brought up earlier, pretty much sum up Zambrano's season. And the numbers are pretty stark.
7 starts with Barrett:
40.2 IP, 7.53 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, 5.3 K/9, 2-4 record (one no-decision, he left trailing)
7 starts with Blanco/Hill:
47.2 IP, 2.64 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 8.7 K/9, 5-1 record (one no-decision, he left with lead and pen blew it)
As an owner, I'm checking pre-game lineups for the starting catcher, though I doubt we see much of Barrett the rest of the way. The Cubs had already announced Blanco would be Zambrano's personal catcher a couple weeks back, but he went on the DL right before the big Zam-Barrett bout.
This isn't to say he'll be perfect the rest of the way. The between-the-ears issues remain, but it seems to help when Barrett isn't between them.