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Big Z is key

Return to form for ace and development of young, unproven 'pen vital for Cubs

Updated: March 30, 2010, 12:28 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

In recent years, the saying on the North Side has been "As 'Z' goes, so goes the Cubs."

The 2010 pitching staff and their chances for success will be no different.

Winning just nine games in 2009, the 28-year-old Carlos Zambrano was one of the biggest pitching disappointments of the season after averaging 15 wins a year over the previous six seasons. Zambrano stayed in Chicago in the offseason, working on his conditioning, and after losing 15 pounds and toning down his hyperactive ...

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