4/22 Opening Day to the 'pen

Carlos Zambrano isn’t the only Opening Day starter to go from the rotation to the ‘pen in the same season. In 2007, Brett Myers was the Phillies’ Opening Day starter but was switched to a relief role after three starts and saved 21 games. For the season, he was 5-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 51 games. He went 0-2 in his first three starts then moved to the bullpen on April 18, 2007. He made eight appearances, picking up three holds, before he notched his first save on May 3 that year against the Giants. Myers came back to start Opening Day for the Phillies in 2008 and ’09.

— Carrie Muskat


Can anyone tell me what Carlos Zambrano’s ERA is for the first 2 innings of the game? It seems his style is a little wild at first and then he settles into a groove.

I know in the last seven years, Zambrano has a record of 100-58 with a 3.44 ERA and a .664 Opponents’ OPS.

Anybody thinking that Pinella (along with Hendry?) is hoping that Big Z may waive his no trade clause so then they can dump his contract? Wouldn’t they then use the same theory with Soriano and put him on the bench full time? Both playerS would bring some talent in return especially if Hendry had a good day and stayed away from the koolaide he was drinking when signing both Soriano and Z.

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