• My Scores
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NFL Draft

San Francisco at San Diego

Venue: Petco Park
  •  

When the San Francisco Giants signed Barry Zito to the then-richest contract for a pitcher in major league history prior to the 2007 season, they believed the former Cy Young Award winner from across the bay would anchor their rotation for years to come.

Now considered one of the biggest free-agent busts ever, Zito is limping toward the end of what could be his final season with the disappointing defending champions.

The Giants will attempt to win for the first time in Zito's 11 road starts as he looks to help send the San Diego Padres to a fourth straight defeat Monday afternoon.

Zito won the 2002 AL Cy Young Award during a solid seven-year run with Oakland before signing a seven-year, $126 million contract with San Francisco. He hasn't quite lived up to that deal, though, going 62-79 with a 4.62 ERA in 195 starts and 10 relief appearances in the regular season.

The left-hander made four appearances out of the bullpen in August, but his return to the rotation hasn't brought any better results. Zito (4-10, 5.81 ERA) allowed six runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 12-1 loss to Boston on Aug. 21 before giving up five runs in four frames of last Monday's 6-1 defeat at Colorado.

He's pitched fewer than five innings in each of his last five starts, going 0-4 with an 11.21 ERA. He's 0-8 with a 10.10 ERA in 10 road starts this season - all Giants losses - tossing fewer than six innings in each.

Zito has an $18 million team option for 2014, though the Giants could buy him out for $7 million.

"I don't know. I don't know,'' said Zito, who went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three 2012 playoff starts. "I've looked at tape of my starts in the playoffs and my starts this year. I've made more pitches this year without the results.''

The left-hander is 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA in four starts versus the Padres this season after giving up four runs - including solo homers to Chris Denorfia, Nick Hundley and Will Venable - in two innings of a 10-1 loss at San Diego on July 14.

That defeat ended San Francisco's five-game winning streak over the Padres (60-76), who scored just four runs while being swept by Los Angeles over the weekend.

While San Diego mustered only three hits in Sunday's 2-1 defeat, the Giants (61-75) took two of three from Arizona by winning 8-2. Buster Posey and Hunter Pence each finished with three hits and two RBIs.

Posey is hitting .478 over his last six versus the Padres, who send Ian Kennedy to the mound.

Kennedy (5-9, 5.10) has been inconsistent in five starts with the Padres since being acquired from Arizona, going 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA. After striking out eight in seven scoreless innings to beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Aug. 21, he allowed six runs and walked five in 4 1-3 innings of Tuesday's 10-9, 10-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

The right-hander is 6-3 with a 2.54 ERA in 16 career starts against the Giants, giving up two runs in six innings of a 2-0 loss the last time he faced them while with Arizona on July 19.

Copyright 2015 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
Probable Starters

Barry Zito, LHP
2013 stats
124.0 Innings Pitched 153.2
4-10 Wins-Losses 5-9
5.81 Earned Run Average 5.10
51 Walks 66
81 Strikeouts 135
92 Pitches Per Start 101
Career vs. opponent
132.2 Innings Pitched 109.2
5-10 Wins-Losses 6-3
4.61 Earned Run Average 2.54

Ian Kennedy, RHP
Weather
weather image  High level clouds. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
78°F70°F10mph/NW68%13%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
San Francisco3rd NL West1313.5003 ½ 7-3 W 4
San Diego2nd NL West1413.51934-6 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Ian Kennedy
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Vogelsong21001.500
Scutaro187021.389
Posey2710043.370
Blanco144022.286
Pence144023.286
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Barry Zito
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Alonso32001.667
Cedeno63010.500
Forsythe52002.400
Hundley166224.375
Venable166114.375
 

Related Video

CBSSports.com Shop

Injuries
San Francisco
PlayerInjury
M. CainForearm
E. CordierForearm
T. IshikawaBack
J. PeavyBack
H. PenceForearm
San Diego
PlayerInjury
T. FederowiczKnee
J. JohnsonElbow
S. KelleyCalf
C. LuebkeElbow
M. UptonToe
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 9SDSF 1-0Kontos Vincent 
Apr 10SDSD 1-0Benoit Affeldt 
Apr 11SDSD 10-2Shields Bumgarner 
Apr 12SDSD 6-4Ross Peavy 
May 4SFSF 2-0Bumgarner Ross 
May 5SF10:15 PM EDT  
May 6SF 3:45 PM EDT  
Jun 23SF10:15 PM EDT  
Jun 24SF10:15 PM EDT  
Jun 25SF10:15 PM EDT  
Jul 20SD10:10 PM EDT  
Jul 21SD10:10 PM EDT  
Jul 22SD 3:40 PM EDT  
Sep 11SF10:15 PM EDT  
Sep 12SF 9:05 PM EDT  
Sep 13SF 4:05 PM EDT  
Sep 22SD10:10 PM EDT  
Sep 23SD10:10 PM EDT  
Sep 24SD 9:10 PM EDT