Piniella: Big Z gives us 'presence' in 'pen

Piniella: Big Z gives us 'presence' in 'pen

CHICAGO -- The move of Carlos Zambrano from the rotation to the bullpen has been the source of many questions for Cubs skipper Lou Piniella over the past week.

A reporter asked the manager how Zambrano might handle not pitching in the "limelight" as a starter or closer.

"The limelight is winning baseball games," Piniella said. "That's what the limelight is. The seventh- and eighth-inning roles are very important. [Carlos] Marmol did that well here for a few years.

"The way the game is played today, most of the games are decided late. You better hold the opposition down in those three innings -- seventh, eighth and ninth -- because, if not, you're chances of winning aren't very good.

"Zambrano gives us a presence. He gives us experience. He gives us a good situation. He gives us the opportunity to win baseball games."