Big Z is in the bullpen now for the Marlins, here he is on June 3 vs the Phillies
The Miami Marlins are in the first year of their brand new renamed ballclub and brand new stadium. They looked like they were going places this year. Towards the end of May they were in 2nd place in the NL East and then on June 3rd, the Marlins were in a tie for first place with the Washington Nationals. Their win in Philadelphia on June 3rd made that happen. The Marlins back then took 2 of 3 from the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The NL East has been bunched up for a lot of this season, but since that brief tie for first the Marlins were in back in June, their season has now evolved into a steady slide down the standings and into basement in the division. The Phillies have been keepers of the basement for most of the season but with the win last night over the Marlins, there seems to be some kind of light at the end of the tunnel for the Phils.
Cole Hamels won his 13th of the year. Can the Phillies start playing like a hockey team that picks it up in the third period? Can they have saved up all of their energy for a late stretch run? I don't know if we can go that far yet, but they moved up to 11 GB in the race for the Wild Card in the playoffs, and I think we'll be watching that number quite a lot in the next 6 weeks.
Carlos Zambrano last won against the Phillies on June 3rd, he was a starter back then and he was dominant in that game, and could do no wrong. He was moved to the bullpen by the Marlins at the end of July. He went 1-6 after that game in Philadelphia 6/3 and by the end of July, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen wanted to move him into the bullpen. El Toro displayed a little of that temper last night that he has but that is a good thing, I like to see someone care enough to be upset with the play that isn't all that good at times. Zambrano just goes to extremes sometimes, and loses all of his control.