Chicago Cubs

Expect Big Offensive Numbers From Zambrano Today

CHICAGO - APRIL 17:  Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Chicago Cubs points to the sky during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 17, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Colby PashContributor IMay 3, 2009

I won't make a habit of predicting performances or game outcomes in sports, especially when it comes to pitchers at the plate. But this seems too obvious. Carlos Zambrano is set to go off.

This week he's likely gotten more at-bats than he's had in a single week throughout his career. In his last start, he was an offensive highlight as he flirted with becoming the first pitcher to ever hit for the cycle. Since then, he's hit .333 with a pinch hit chance in three consecutive games due to a shortened Cubs bench. Cubs' Nation knows he's raring to go.

I'm not saying he's worthy of batting cleanup, but Zambrano might be as comfortable at the bat as he's been in his entire career. And with Ricky Nolasco underperforming this season, look for Zambrano to come up big at the plate today.

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