Originally posted on The Giants Cove  |  Last updated 9/10/12
In September 2010 the San Francisco Giants were in a heart-stopping race to try and catch the San Diego Padres and somehow wrestle away a first place finish in the National League West. The pitching-rich Padres spent 128 of the first 145 games of that year firmly in 1st place and it looked like the Giants were running uphill. But in the final 17 games of the season San Diego would be in 1st place for for only 3 days, and on the final day of the season would lose the NL West title to the surging Giants.Giants' starter Barry Zito was 9-14 in 2010 with a 4.15 ERA and 150 SO in 199.1 innings pitched. Probably not what either the baseball establishment or the sabermetric community would call a standout year. Except this: without Zito's 9 wins Giants players, coaches, and owners would have watched the 2010 post season on their 60 inch HDTVs in their media rooms instead of winning the World Series against the Texas Rangers.This season Zito has once again been an invaluable component of a w...
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