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The St. Louis Cardinals entered Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Friday up three games to one on the San Francisco Giants, just one win from securing a spot in the World Series. All they had to do was beat Giants starter Barry Zito, who hasn’t had an earned-run average under 4.03 in six years.
That sounds doable enough. The Cardinals scored eight runs the night before against 2008 and 2009 Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. Instead, Zito, who did win a Cy Young award with the Oakland A’s in 2002, shut the Cardinals down for eight innings, and the Giants won 5-0.
That means instead of a free weekend to rest and prepare for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday at home against the Detroit Tigers, the Cardinals had to trek back out to San Francisco. Additionally, they will face Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain in games 6 and 7, against whom the Cardinals have scored a combined four runs in their first starts of the series.
The Cardinals could have wrapped up the NL pennan...
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It may be too late to justify the contract. But Barry Zito certainly picked the right time to deliver a gem.
With the Giants facing elimination in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals, Zito produced arguably his best start in his San Francisco career -- given the circumstances.
"This is definitely it for me," Zito said, to MLB.com....
The San Fransisco Giants will likely start Barry Zito in Game 1 of the World Series when they host the Detroit Tigers. Zito last pitched in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series where he threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.While no official word has come from the team the Game 2 starter will likely be Tim Lincecum or Madison Bumgarner.Matt Cain...
From postseason bystander to starting the World Series opener. That's how far Barry Zito has come in two years to resurrect his career.
The resurgent left-hander will pitch Game 1 for the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday he will go with Zito, who has turned around his career this year....
Left-hander Barry Zito will start the World Series opener for the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday he will go with Zito, who has resurrected his career this year. Zito's stellar outing in a 5-0 victory on Friday night in Game 5 of the NL championship series at Busch Stadium helped San Francisco...
San Francisco left-hander Barry Zito has been selected as the starter for Wednesday's Game 1 of the World Series, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Tuesday. The Giants have won the last 13 starts for Zito, who went 15-8 with a 4.15 ERA. It marked the most victories and tied for the second-lowest ERA since he signed a $126 million six-year contract with the Giants in 2007...
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Zito was a bystander two years ago when the Giants made history by winning its first World Series since moving to San Francisco from New York in 1958. Wednesday night, the left-hander will be the Giants' starting pitcher when they open the World Series against the Detroit Tigers and ace Justin Verlander at 8:07 p.m. ET at AT&T Park. The $126-million...
Barry Zito was brought in to San Francisco to anchor a San Francisco pitching staff that had some young pitchers on the horizon. Of course, the 2006 season was where Matt Cain made his MLB debut and made 7 starts. Zito was to be the number one starter on a staff that had yet to see Jonathan Sanchez, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and even Brian Wilson to some extent. Signing a 7...
Listen to Barry Zito discuss getting ready for the Tigers.
Much like Barry Zito in Game 5, the Giants got some very clutch pitching from Ryan Vogelsong to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 from AT&T Park forcing a Game 7 Monday night.
Vogelsong went 7 strong innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 9 strikeouts earning his second win of the NLCS.
Meanwhile the San Francisco bats teed off on Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter early tagging...
From the moment we discover sports as children, we dream of this kind of situation. I remember the night before little league games, not being able to sleep as I fantasized about hitting game winning HRs and being mobbed by teammates. I remember shooting hoops in the driveway before dinner, narrating a farcical playoff moment out loud as a attempted a turnaround jumper.
The Detroit Tigers are sitting and waiting to see who they will be facing in the World Series. The Giants got a great pitching performance from Barry Zito to force the NLCS back to San Francisco for game 6. The Cardinals lead the series 3-2 and only need one win to move on. Game 6 will be on TV tomorrow as Chris Carpenter of the Cards will face Ryan Vogelsong of the Giants. It'...
The Giants sure are tough to eliminate this postseason.
Barry Zito and the Giants gave themself at least one more game in the NL championship series with a 5-0 victory Friday in St. Louis that forced Sunday's Game 6 back at AT&T Park.
Just where the NL West winners want to be with their season on the line - in front of the raucous, orange towel-waving sellout crowd.
ST. LOUIS These energy bursts, either out of survival or necessity, have become hard to explain for the men who continue to play because of them. The San Francisco Giants have turned the elimination game into an adrenaline shot, shaking early series setbacks and somehow, someway, breathing on.
Some left them for dead in the National League Division Series after dropping two games...
The World Series begins today...finally. The last series of the year has arrived, and in the next four to seven games, we're going to have our champion of baseball. We'll have a full preview of the series between the Tigers and Giants coming later today.
But what else have you missed today? After the Cardinals were eliminated on Monday evening, we posted their post-mortem...