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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher is still just 33-years-old, meaning his age should not be a factor in his level of success on the mound. If any one has proven that age is not an issue, ask the newly anointed No. 2 starting pitcher in the Colorado Rockies rotation, Jamie Moyer, who is 49-years-old as he enters the start of his 25th MLB season.
Yet one could argue that Moyer is still more effective than Zito, even considering he is 16 years Zito’s elder.
Don’t think that the Giants haven’t noticed.
During Spring Training, the offensively inept Giants were shut out twice by Moyer, who will turn 50 in November. Now, they will have to see a lot more of him after learning that he won a spot in Colorado’s rotation.
That is why they are asking their own lefty in Zito to pay attention to when Moyer pitches, and to especially watch how effortlessly he delivers to home plate.
Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti wants Zito to witness just how relaxed Moyer is on the mound. The fact that he can barely hit 80 mph on the radar gun takes nothing away from his success on the hill, and Moyer won 208 games after the age of 33, which is what Zito will be to start the 2012 MLB season.
While that will unlikely ever take place for Zito, the Giants are still hoping that he can turn things around after his miserable season last year in the Bay. To this point, his contract has been one of the worst in MLB history, and the Giants, while fully aware of that fact, are still hoping to cash in at least partially in their investment.
This past offseason, Zito gained some weight for stability on the mound to help him adapt one fluid motion with his delivery. If he can mix his pitches while maintaining the same delivery, he stands a better chance at getting out opposing batters. If he can do that with some consistency and remain healthy, he will be a big part of the back end of the Giants’ rotation in 2012.
If he cannot, then it could very well be the end of the line for Zito in the big leagues.
Kelley writes for The Pigskin Report as well as Hardball Chat. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24 and Like The Rob Kelley Sports Network on Facebook. Kelley is a former sports reporter for various newspapers throughout the state of Florida, and had his first book published I'm Not a Quitter after moving back to Massachusetts.
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