Stat Line Of The Night — 5/7/12 — Carlos Zambrano
Through his first four starts of the 2012 MLB season, Carlos Zambrano couldn’t seem to buy a win, as he complied an 0-2 record of his own, while the Miami Marlins went 0-4 over the course of his first four starts. That slow start is especially disappointing when you consider the fact that Zambrano allowed only one earned run against in two of those starts. The Marlins finally earned their first victory of the season with the 30-year-old Venezuelan on the mound on May 2nd. He didn’t earn the victory in that game, but he did get that elusive first win of the season last night in a rather impressive fashion.
Zambrano had his best outing of the season against the Houston Astros on Monday, as he allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out nine over the course of nine shutout innings of work. That complete-game shutout performance from Zambrano was exactly what he needed to earn him his first win of 2012, as the Marlins cruised to the 4-0 victory.
With the win, Zambrano is now 1-2 on the season with a 1.98 ERA. Those are solid numbers for a pitcher who has finished with an ERA under 3.00 just once during his previous ten seasons as a starter. His performance in Houston last night may have been his best since he pitched a no-hitter against the Astros back in September, 2008, and it certainly makes him a worthy recipient of “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, May 7, 2012.