Cubs swept the Dodgers, but it wasn't easy - Derek Lowe and Carlos Zambrano battled, but, in the end it was the bullpens that decided it.
Big Z managed to get a lot of not his best outing, thanks in part to the Dodger's line-up. Derek Lowe, meanwhile, shut-down a line-up of .300 hitters (excluding Johnson, including Carlos).
Zambrano had a lot of movement but not his best command. He was effectively wild, as they say.
total LHH RHH
CU 4 0.0% 6.1%
F2 11 12.5% 4.5%
F4 48 26.6% 47.0%
FC 44 46.9% 21.2%
SI 8 12.5% 0.0%
SL 15 1.6% 21.2%
130 64 66
The sinker worked, pitching to contact. Other than that, he was all over the place.
Zambrano 5/28 Spin Movement - all (in.)
Zambrano 5/28 Spin Movement - aggregate (in.)
Zambrano 5/28 Locations - all (ft.)
Derek Lowe had much better command. Didn't go around walking and hitting guys to give up runs, for example.
total LHH RHH
CH 6 31.3% 1.4%
F2 28 25.0% 32.9%
F4 19 0.0% 26.0%
SL 36 43.8% 39.7%
89 16 73
The damage was done with the slider. Rarely thrown for a strike, he still got a lot swings and misses out of it.
Lowe 5/28 Spin Movement - all (in.)
Lowe 5/28 Spin Movement - aggregate (in.)
Lowe 5/28 Locations - all (ft.)
Down, down, and down, except for a few low ones.
Rockies in town for four starting Thursday night. Jeff Francis gets the ball. I've covered him before (poorly), but I'm working on an update.
By the way, Zambrano didn't get tired. Here's the MPH for his four-seamer and cutter as the game went on. No change.