You gotta take the things players say in the final week of disappointing seasons with a grain of salt, but what Carlos Zambrano is saying is interesting:
“It’s been a disappointing season. People say, ‘Why can’t
you pitch like that all the time?’ It’s not all the time I feel like
that. Look, this is the only season I haven’t won 16 or 18 or 14 games. If it happens again next season, two seasons in a row, I’ll
quit. Believe me, I’ll quit. I just have to put this behind me.”
The “pitching like that” comment was in reference to his shutout of the Giants on Friday night. No, you can’t expect anyone to do that “all the time,” but I have this feeling that Zambrano could approach that more often if he’d get himself in better shape (and Zambrano admitted earlier this season that he was out of shape). It was probably a nice cool 67 degrees in San Francisco on Friday and Zambrano probably felt pretty good. He’d feel more like that in hotter temperatures if he’d lose some weight and hit the treadmill a bit more.
Either way, I hope he doesn’t retire any time soon. Crazy or not, ineffective in 2009 or not, he’s one of my favorite pitchers for some reason.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.