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Zito's Sunday start may be his last

Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:49 pm
 
Barry ZitoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Sunday may be Barry Zito's last start of the season for the Giants.

The left-hander will face-off against the Reds' Johnny Cueto on Sunday, but after that Jonathan Sanchez will be ready to come back to San Francisco's rotation.

"It'll come down to who we think are the five guys who are throwing the best, similar to what we had to do in the postseason," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters, including Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. "That was four starters and this is five, but it's the same situation."

And likely the same result -- Zito out.

Zito is 3-3 with a 5.24 ERA in eight starts this season. After starting the season 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in his first six starts, he's been shelled in each of his last two outings. The offensively challenged Padres lit him up for eight runs in 3 2/3 innings on July 16 and the Phillies put up six runs on six hits in seven innings on Tuesday. 

Zito has two years left on his contract, paying him $39 million over the next two seasons and he'll then get a $7 million buyout when the club declines its 2014 option. He also has a full no-trade clause.

Sanchez is 4-5 with a 3.81 ERA in 16 starts, but hasn't pitched since June 24 with left biceps tendinitis. He led the majors in walks when he was put on the DL and had walked 25 batters in 25 2/3 innings in June.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:55 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:57 pm
 

Zito's Sunday start may be his last

Have you been posting your personal subject matter? And / or buying those taken from each and every mean s?



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:03 am
 

Zito's Sunday start may be his last

Zito has two years left on his contract, paying him $39 million over the next two seasons and he'll then get a $7 million buyout when the club declines its 2014 option. He also has a full no-trade clause
 He's untradeable. He's old, he's a shell of his former self, he's still due 46 million after this year and he has a no-trade. He'll be in SF, unless they eat his entire salary. I can't see them eating 46 million.

Zito controls his destiny. If he still wants to start everyday, he'll have to re-work his deal and waive that no-trade. If not, he'll be a spot starter and long reliever for at least 2012. SF may eat his 2013 salary, if he's still there.

Zito, Lowe and Oliver Perez are perfect examples of why you never give long-term deals to pitchers unless they're aces. Santana, Sabathia, Halladay and Lee are the exceptions to the rule. Too often you get stuck with someone who you can't move and don't want on the 25 man roster. you wind up playing one man short.

Let Zito earn his money. He can get out his guitar and sing the national anthem most homegames. Let him give a free concert after games as well. As a pitcher, he's a total non-factor.



Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:29 am
 

Zito's Sunday start may be his last

Barry Zito has been a nightmare of a player...

GOODBYE! 



Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:54 pm
 

Zito's Sunday start may be his last

With all due respect to his past, Barry Zito is gone ... done ... over ........................
Let's trade him for a hitter ! 



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Zito's Sunday start may be his last

IF SANCHEZ GETS HIS CONTROL ISSUES UNDER CONTROL HE CAN BE ONE OF THE BETTER PITCHERS IN THE LEAGUE!! HE STRUCK OUT OVER 200 LAST SEASON AND THE LEAGUE BATTED .204 AGAINST HIM. NOT BAD!!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Zito's Sunday start may be his last

It's sad when a mediocre pitcher like Jonathan Sanchez is deemed more worthy of a roster spot than Zito. Anyone besides me notice that he is good against AL teams, but is also terrible against NL teams...just like the Great Cliff Lee. Someone send him to the Yankees. I guarantee that they will get to the World Series this year.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Zito's Sunday start may be his last

Why not just release him?



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Zito's Sunday start may be his last

good riddance


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