Zach Duke continues to impress, as he moved to 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA in three starts this month. The lefty has now allowed three or fewer runs in six of his eight starts and continues to show quality movement on all of his pitches. Duke’s most potent pitch right now, though, is his sinkerball, which is the biggest reason for the high number of ground-ball outs Duke has induced. That sinker is being complemented by an above-average changeup as well. Duke is 0-1 against the Cubs this season and has allowed six runs to Chicago in 11 innings pitched.
- Has a wicked curveball that left-handed hitters have trouble handling. His fastball tops out at around 93 m.p.h. Keeps a quiet focus while on the mound.
- Needs to improve his change-up, which will help him against right-handed hitters. Tends to get hit hard in the early innings of his starts.
- A decent mid-rotation starter.
Carlos Zambrano’s last start was a good one. He went 2-for-4 at the plate and also picked up the win in a romp over the Padres. Big Z gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out five, and is off to the best start of his career. The right-hander improved to 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA at home. He’s probably happiest with his at-bats. Zambrano loves to hit, and he got two at-bats in the Cubs’ six-run fifth inning. He now has hit safely in his last four starts, going 5-for-10 with a double and a homer.
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News & Notes
- William Muldowney pitched 5.0 scoreless innings
- Dylan Johnston was 3-for-4
- Joshua Lansford was 4-for-4
Tracked Player Results
(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Lost vs. Round Rock (4-5)
(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Lost vs. Montgomery (1-5)
(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Won vs. St. Lucie (3-2)
(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Lost to Beloit (3-6)
(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th
(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd
View the full organizational report courtesy of First Inning here.