Posted by: portersprospectreport | September 15, 2008

Congratulations Carlos Zambrano-no

A night to remember
A night to remember


Last night, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano fired a no-hitter against the surging Houston Astros.  The only things separating Zambrano from perfection were a walk to Michael Bourn in the 4th inning and hitting Hunter Pence with a pitch in the 5th.  Zambrano struck out 10 in the outing including Darin Erstad to end the game.

This outing ironically comes on the heels of my last $100 Well Spent article in which I lauded Rich Harden as being the true ace of the Chicago Cubs.  While I steadfastly maintain that this is indeed still the case, Carlos Zambrano still has all the makings of a #1 starter and is, perhaps, the best #2 starter in all of baseball (with apologies to Dan Haren).

Buyer Beware!

Buyer Beware!

The market for Zambrano’s 2000 RC’s have jumped significantly.  Prior to the no-hitter, the Topps Chrome Traded cards were selling for approximately $3.00 each.  Those cards are now selling for about $10.00 each.  Similarly, his Bowman cards and Topps Traded cards has sold for exponentially more.  There has been no documented Ebay sales of his best RC, the 2000 Topps Traded Autograph, but several are currently on sale right now for $200 and up.

Zambrano has been solid all season pitching to a 14-5 record and a 3.41 ERA.  However, he is battling shoulder tendonitis which could drastically effect his post season contributions and performance.  As remarkable as his performance last night was, let us not forget that it was against a team that has been recently displaced from their home park to an environment, Miller Park, that was rooting hard for the Cubs. 

Zambrano’s popularity is at its apex…sell ’em if you’ve got ’em!


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