WTP wrote:You wanna know why Zambrano is struggling so far this year?
His HR/FB is 28.8%. The last three seasons? 10.8%, 12.4%, 8.1%. Nearly three times as many fly balls are leaving the yard for Zambrano this year, and that's just bad luck.
He's still a dominant ground ball pitcher (56.5GB%) and is striking out hitters as a good rate. He'll turn it around. He's a high-ish WHIP pitcher that is giving up HRs like crazy, and man is it ugly, but he'll turn it around. Buy low.
Well said for a new guy.
But lets be honest, this guy has been one of the most consistant aces in all of baseball in the last 4 years. These numbers include all seasons over 200 IP, ERA's of 3.41 3.26 2.75 and 3.11, and good K numbers. Sure his WHIP isnt ace-like, but its mostly because of the tough stretches he goes through during the seasons like the one he's having right now. There is no reason to panic here just like there is no reason to panic about Andruw Jones, Mark Teixiera, Michael Young, etc... the reason is that they are consistant producers and the numbers will be there by years end.
Also, people take Carlos' "temper" way too far. The bottom line is that this guy is a competitor. He's going out there to win ballgames and the emotion that you see him show on the hill is what plenty of other pitchers feel, but they just dont show it like Carlos does. And for the people that think that Carlos needs to cool down in order to become a better pitcher, its not going to happen. His competitive spirit and fire is what makes him such a great pitcher out there. I remember last year they tried to make him less emotional out there on the mound, and it this point in the season last year, people were calling him to go back to the old Carlos because of his slow start.
So the main message here is...
Just Relax, its still only April.