Zambrano's sales pitch doesn't quite hit home

ROCH AROUND THE CLOCK

The Kickoff

October 01, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

I don't know about the rest of you, but I've seen enough of Victor Zambrano.

Only 14 of Zambrano's 39 pitches were strikes. In one inning, he allowed one hit and three runs, walked four, struck out one, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.

That's the pu-pu platter for relievers.

He just doesn't have it. Maybe it was there once, but not anymore.

If he takes Victor Santos with him, no tears will be shed.

For the life of me, I don't remember Adam Stern appearing in two games this season.

Manager Dave Trembley was asked about using Daniel Cabrera as the closer next season. Can we please retire that question?

"You have to have command," Trembley said.

That would be a "no."

You also need an even temperament. Does Cabrera have one?

"You can probably ask Dustin Pedroia that question," Trembley replied with a chuckle.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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