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The worst Cubs opening day start ... ever?

Posted on: April 5, 2010 5:04 pm
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We told you the Cubs need better years from Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto.

Well, we're telling you now that none of it will matter if Carlos Zambrano is as bad as he was today. Or even half as bad as he was today.

How bad was he?

Given a three-run lead before he took the mound, Zambrano couldn't hold it through the first inning. He didn't last through the second inning.

He became just the second Cubs opening day starter in at least the last 90 years to fail to get five outs. The other was Larry Jackson, who was pulled in the first inning against the Cardinals in 1965. Jackson allowed five runs, three of them earned, and we're going to guess it was a tough day to pitch at Wrigley that day -- Bob Gibson started for the Cardinals, and he didn't make it out of the fourth inning.

The last opening day starter for any big-league team to fail to record five outs was Jose Contreras of the White Sox, in 2007 against the Indians.

The only other Cubs opening day starters to allow at least eight runs? Rick Sutcliffe, in 1988 against the Braves, and Kevin Tapani, in 1998 against the Marlins.
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Category: MLB
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