Carlos, 27, today goes for his eighth consecutive win in his 14th start of the season – and his sixth on the road – when he faces the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at Dodger Stadium. ©
Owns a 90-56 career record with a 3.35 ERA in 214 games since making his major league debut with the Cubs in 2001.
His 1,099 career strikeouts rank eighth in franchise history … Hippo Vaughn is seventh with 1,183.
He won at least 13 games in each of the last five seasons, including a career-high 18 victories in 2007 … has also broke the 200.0 innings mark in each season during that span.
His 13 career home runs, including his solo homer May 1, are tied for first in franchise history with Fergie Jenkins … Zambrano’s six dingers in 2006 tied Jenkins (in 1971) for the single-season record by a Cubs pitcher.
His 85 wins since the start of the 2003 season rank second in baseball behind Johan Santana (89).
Since permanently moving into the starting rotation July 1, 2002, Carlos Zambrano's 48 road victories rank second in the majors behind only Johan Santana (49).
Is a two-time National League All-Star, earning the honor in 2004 and 2006 … in 2004, became the youngest Cub in franchise history at 23 to pitch in an
All-Star game (1 IP).
Last Time Out
Extended his winning streak to seven games as part of the Cubs’ 7-6 victory over the Padres June 2 … he yielded three runs on five hits, while striking out two and walking four over 5.0 innings. ©
At the plate, was 3-for-3 with a triple and an RBI … marked his third three-plus hit affair of the season.
Only Cubs pitcher since 1956 to record more than two three-hit games in a single year.
Carlos is 7-0 with a 2.31 ERA (17 ER/66.1 IP) in his last 10 starts dating to April 16 vs. Cincinnati … is looking for his fifth straight road win … is 4-1 with a 2.73 ERA (10 ER/33.0 IP) in five outings away from Wrigley this year. ©
His 2.51 season ERA ranks third in the N.L. behind Cincinnati’s Edinson Volquez (1.46) and San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum (2.15).
Has not allowed a home run in four straight starts … last time he went five starts without allowinga long ball was July 27-August 17, 2005.
Has surrendered two or fewer runs in nine of his 13 starts … has left with the lead in 10 of his outings.
Has allowed two or fewer walks in eight of 13 starts this season … has struck out five or more in seven of his 13 outings.
Limiting right-handed batters to a .218 batting average (37-for-170) … left-handed hitters are batting .267 (40-for-150).
With 0-2 count, hitters are 2-for-27 (.074) with 10 punchouts … once the count goes full, batters are just 7-for-38 (.184) with 13 strikeouts.
Opponents have stolen just two bases while Zambrano has been in the game.
Opponents are batting .222 (16-for-72) with RISP.
Is 4-0 with a 2.38 ERA (14 ER/53.0 IP) in eight home starts.
Notable 2008 Starts
Started his fourth straight Opening Day for Chicago and did not figure in the 4-3, 10-inning loss … tossed 6.2 shutout innings, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out five, before leaving the game with a right forearm cramp.
Earned his first win of the season April 6 vs. Houston, tossing 7.0 innings in Chicago’s 3-2 victory … allowed two runs on seven hits, walking none and striking out seven ... had a 21.2-inning scoreless streak dating back to last season snapped in the third inning.
Suffered his first loss of the season April 11 in Philadelphia, allowing five runs in 6.0 innings of work, walking one and striking out six … gave up a two-run homer to Pat Burrell in the fourth after keeping the Phillies off the board in the first three innings.
Allowed just one run in 6.1 innings of work May 1 vs. Milwaukee, but did not earn a decision in the Cubs’ 4-3 loss … left the game with a 3-1 lead in the seventh, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out three, but the Brewers scored three in the ninth.
Belted his first homer of the season in the third inning off Yovani Gallardo … was his 13th career homer, tying Fergie Jenkins for the club record for a pitcher.
Threw 8.0 shutout innings in the Cubs 3-0 blanking of the Reds May 6, picking up his fourth consecutive win … surrendered three hits, walked three, and fanned three in his longest outing of the season.
Improved to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.80, becoming the first Cubs pitcher to win at least five of his first eight starts of a season while posting an ERA as low as 1.80 since Steve Stone, who was 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his first eight starts in 1975.
Extended his winning streak to six games with Chicago’s 12-3 rout of Pittsburgh May 23 … surrendered two runs on six hits, while walking one and fanning six over 7.0 innings of work.
Went 4-for-5 at the plate, becoming the first Cubs pitcher to collect four hits in a game since Lew Burdette July 23, 1964 at San Francisco.
Did not record a decision in the Cubs’ 2-1, 10-inning win over Los Angeles May 28, despite allowing just one run on six hits over 8.0 innings pitched … it was the second time this season he has tossed eight frames.
His 130 pitches marked the second-highest pitch count of his career … he threw 136 pitches on May 8, 2005 in a 1-0 complete game win over Philadelphia at Wrigley Field.