Barry Zito was terrible at pitching. He probably still will be bad at pitching. But today was marvelous. The Rockies are still asking when the game starts.
9 IP, 4 H, 0 BB…0 BB
When the Giants starters gave up 14 ER in over 15 IP, it looked like Coors Field was the last place the Giants would want to be. It turned out to be how they got off the schnide…schneid…snide? Whatever, we won one. And it was because of Zito.
Kruk and Kuip said that Zito was staying back on his pitches and letting his arm just throw. I have no idea what any of that means, but boy did it work. The curveball was nasty and set up his fastball. Pop out after fly out after pop out.
9 IP, 4 H, 0 BB
I don’t expect Zito to crack a 4.00 ERA this season, but if he looks anything like he did today 4.50 should be no problem. The Giants brass would be buying shares in adult diapers if Zito could give them slightly-below average production.
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