Carlos Zambrano, in response to a question about whether he’d seen yesterday’s report that the Cubs plan to shop him this offseason:
Why, are you guys the general manager now? I don’t care. If the Cubs want to trade me, it’s because they don’t like me anymore. I have to move on. What else can I do? Just move on.
Zambrano understandably wasn’t in great mood after a poor outing against the Brewers, but those are seemingly the words of someone willing to waive his no-trade clause. However, when asked specifically about potentially doing that he responded: “No, I don’t want to. What kind of question is that? That’s enough.”
He then left the interview room, which as Carrie Muskat of MLB.com notes was in stark contrast to the “person who was singing in the clubhouse before his start against the Brewers.”
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.