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Pains me to watch Zito

Posted by davefowkes on 04/11/2009

Anyone else hurt when they watch Barry Zito pitch? From Cy Young winner to just not a very good pitcher.

I am a big fan of Zito from his A’s days, so I do route for him, but there is just not much left to route for. Watching Zito pitch last night was just painful. There is nothing like a three run first inning to instill positive vibes for the rest of the season.

To his credit Zito settled down and only gave up one more run in the next three innings but the damage was done. Zito’s opening start line: 7ip, 4 runs, 7 hits, 4 strikeouts and 2 walks.  That is a line champions are made of!

Zito’s arm strength just is not there so he needs to be perfect in placement. Once or twice this year I am sure that he will be and it will be great to see him shut teams down. Unfortunately it will just be once or twice and the rest of the year we will watch Zito struggle through the season. The Giants offense is better so Zito is unlikely to lose 12 straight games like last year, but it is hard to imagine his upside being above 500 anymore.

The Giants staff will struggle at some point this season with the decision of what to do with Zito. Bench him? Put him in the bullpen? The contract will go down in history as one of the worst.

Zito is a great guy and I hope that he can turn this around, but until he does, it is getting tough to watch!

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