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Carlos Zambrano, who derailed the Astros’ late-season playoff push with a no-hitter four years ago while he was with the Cubs, showed his stuff against a new generation of Astros by throwing a three-hit shutout to send the Marlins to their seventh win in a row, 4-0, on Monday night. The Astros never managed a runner past first base as Zambrano threw a baffling array of split-fingers, sinkers, cutters and sliders to hand Houston its third shutout loss of the season. Zambrano improved to 17-8 lifetime against the Astros, including 10-4 at Minute Maid Park.
Here’s what manager Brad Mills had to say:
The Astros will try to snap a three-game losing streak in the middle game of a three-game against the Marlins at 6:10 p.m. CT Saturday at Marlins Ballpark. Bud Norris will start against the Astros’ former NL Central nemesis Carlos Zambrano, who is 16-8 with a 2.72 ERA in 34 games (32 starts) against the Astros.
While Norris and Zambrano have only faced each other once in their careers, 1B Carlos Lee has seen Zambrano 75 times in his career and is hitting .358 (24-for-67) against the right-hander with five home runs and a .427 on-base percentage.
Here are some other tidbits:
- Astros starters have posted a 3.57 ERA in the first seven games this season, recording four quality starts. Their starters rank seventh in the NL in ERA, while the staff as a whole ranks sixth (3.38 ERA).
- The Astros have outscored their opponents 32-30 this season. The team’s .258 batting average is third in the Majors, while their .328 on-base percentage ranks fourth.
- J.D. Martinez (.385) is the only Astros player to hit safely in all seven games this season (tied for the longest streak in the Majors). Chris Johnson (.346) has hit safely in his last six games, and Jordan Schafer has reached base safely via hit or walk in all seven games this season (.406 OBP).