Barry Zito won't get a chance to help the Giants win the NL pennant as the lefty has been left off the roster, reports the San Jose Mercury News .
Zito was also left off the NLDS roster, where the Giants defeated the Braves in four games.
The reason for Zito being left off the roster is that there is no need for a No. 5 starter in the playoffs, which pushes Zito to only being able to help in relief. Given he is unable to warm up quickly and the Giants preferred to stick to just two left-handers in the bullpen, that means Zito has to watch for the sidelines again.
Guillermo Mota retains his bullpen spot as a result. Dan Runzler was also a candidate to supplant Mota, but Runzler is a lefty as well.
-- Evan Brunell
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