Tag:Barry Zito
Posted on: October 15, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:10 am

Giants: Rowand in, Zito out

Giants manager Bruce Bochy just told reporters in Philadelphia that outfielder Aaron Rowand will remain on the roster for the NLCS.

That almost certainly means Barry Zito is still out. He was hoping to make the roster as a reliever, but the Giants already have left-handers Javier Lopez and Jeremy Affeldt.

It's fairly amazing that Giants have made it this far considering they're paying Zito and Rowand a combined $30.5 million this season -- nearly a third of their payroll -- and both have struggled to the point that they are non-factors in the postseason. San Francisco is still on the hook for at least $88.5 million more for the duo.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 9:28 am

Zito not part of Giants' postseason plans

Barry Zito
Who would have imagined prior to the season that the Giants would make the playoffs, but not use Barry Zito?

Manager Bruce Bochy said San Francisco's highest-paid player will not start in the National League Division Series against Atlanta, and the San Jose Mercury News says he's not expected to make the roster at all due to the Giants' surplus of talented bullpen arms.

The Giants are riding a wave of pitching, and Zito, who made $18.5 million this season, isn't part of that picture. He went 9-14 with a 4.15 ERA, and had a hugely disappointing outing in his key final start Saturday, walking in two runs in the first inning.

"I stand behind Boch," said Zito, who has at least $64.5 million and three years left on his contract. "He's the skipper so I stand behind his decision. "The last game ... the money was on the table, and I didn't attack the zone the way I should have. Luckily [Jonathan Sanchez] picked me up the next day, and we won the NL West."

Aaron Rowand, the disappointing outfielder who is the Giants' second-highest paid player at $12 million, will make the roster, Bochy said. Rowand batted just .230 this season and played himself into irrelevancy.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 2, 2010 5:15 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 5:44 pm

Zito puts Giants in jam

Barry Zito
With the Giants needing just one over the Padres to clinch the National League West, Barry Zito put them in a tough spot with a bad start.

The veteran lefty gave up consecutive singles to open the game, and after a sacrifice moved the runners up, he intentionally walked Adrian Gonzalez to load the bases.

After getting the second out on an infield pop fly, Zito needed an out to escape the jam and had a force at every base. And he did the unthinkable, walking the next two batters, Yorvit Torrealba and Scott Hairston, to force in two runs.

After giving up a third run in the third, it looked like Zito was done, as Aaron Roward headed to the on-deck circle to bat in his place. But Bruce Bochy called Rowand back into the dugout and let Zito bat.

Apparently Bochy decided that if he's going to lose this game, he's not going to also come out of it with a burned-up bullpen when there's a Sunday showdown, and a possible one-game Monday tiebreaker, looming. Zito has put San Francisco in a tough spot.

UPDATE: After Zito walked Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer on five pitches to open the fourth, Bochy pulled the plug. Stauffer ended up scoring, putting the Giants in a 4-0 hole, and San Francisco has to get six innings from the bullpen.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 8:34 pm

Giants shuffle rotation

Tim Lincecum With an eye toward a possible one-game playoff, the Giants have swapped Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner's spots in the team's rotation.

Lincecum will now pitch tomorrow against the Diamondbacks and Bumgarner will pitch on Thursday. Lincecum, who will be on full rest because of Monday's off day, would then be able to pitch on a full rest in a possible one-game playoff.

San Francisco heads into Tuesday's game with the Diamondbacks one game ahead of the Padres in the National League Central, while the Braves lead the wild card by a half-game over the Padres.

San Diego heads to San Francisco for a three-game series starting Friday. The Giants will have Barry Zito starting the series against the Padres, followed by Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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