Big Z making strides. Really.

Zambrano imploded, but spared us from a tantrum in Cubs' historically bad opener

Updated: April 6, 2010, 10:53 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

ATLANTA -- Game one of Year 1 was a hideous one for the Chicago Cubs on Monday. And, because they're the Cubs, it was not merely hideous but historically hideous.

Their 16-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves marked the worst loss for a Cubs team on Opening Day since 1884. That team lost 15-3 to New York, ended up finishing the season 62-50 and did not have to suffer the indignity of repeated replays on "SportsCenter" that night.

But for those scoring at home, there ...

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