The Phillies dropped a game last night in extra innings to a AAA squad, at least according to tonight’s starter for the Cubs, Carlos Zambrano. Last week, frustrated by the teams’ eight game losing streak, Zambrano lashed out.
“We should know better than this. We’re playing like a Triple-A team. This is embarrassing for the team, embarrassing for the owners, embarrassing for the fans,” he said.
Afterward, Zambrano apologized to the team for the insult. Of course, this is not the first time “Big Z” has blown up and been forced to apologize. It’s gotten to be a fairly common occurrence in Chicago, but then again, it appears that his “post apology” performances are common too. After five separate incidents that he was forced to apologize for, Zambrano is undefeated in his following start. WGN has the pretty funny history of Zambrano blowups and apologies.
In eight starts against the Phils, Zambrano is 4-3 with a 3.60 ERA. He will oppose Roy Halladay, who will be looking for his MLB leading ninth victory. However, he’s struggled in three career starts against the Cubbies going 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA. The Cubs are one of just three teams that Halladay has never beaten in the regular season, with the Giants and Phillies being the others.