Mohawk Means More At-Bats for Carlos Zambrano

Colby PashContributor IMay 2, 2009

PHOENIX - APRIL 29:  Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Chicago Cubs prepares to bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the game at Chase Field on April 29, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 10-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Every Cubs fan knows it's a spectacle to see Carlos Zambrano take his hacks at the plate. And it's not uncommon for manager Lou Piniella to leave Zambrano in the game to bat before pulling him for a relief pitcher in the following inning.

While Zambrano is exciting to watch at the plate with his big home runs and bigger emotions (breaking the bat over his knee after a strikeout, while Larry Rothschild certainly cringes), he has been downright awful in pinch hit situations. That is, until the mohawk.

A week ago, Zambrano was a triple shy of the cycle. Granted, the triple is the most difficult spoke of the cycle to achieve, but Zambrano has run 270 feet before. And if I remember correctly, he slid into the third base with the grace of a lumberjack, again to Larry Rothschild's chagrin.

Not long after his cycle-try, he broke his career pinch hitting slump (1-14) by singling with two outs in the eighth inning against the Marlins on Thursday. This hit, which I attribute to his mohawk, likely extended his pinch hitting career, as he was used in a RBI situation the following day when he flied out to left-center field.