Barry Zito, the San Francisco Giants #1 starter in the rotation, the supposed ace of the staff, and the second highest paid pitcher in the history of the game, is suddenly washed up! The problem is that the Giants have him signed through 2013. Including this year, we’ve got six more seasons where he will make a total of $111.5 Million. Gulp!
The line on Zito so far this season is pretty pathetic to say the least. He is 0-6 in his six starts this season, with a 7.53 ERA, 15 walks, 11 strikeouts and has given up 30 runs. Lefties have hit .348 off him and righties have hit .333. He’s averaging only 4 2/3 innings per start and taxing the bullpen every time he takes the mound.
So, it’s time to look at our options. I’ve compiled a list of the top 6:
1) Send him to the bullpen to see if he can figure out his location problems.
2) Skip his next start and give him some extra work with Rags on the side.
3) Pull off a miraculous trade and dump at least a portion of his salary. (Who am I kidding)
4) Option him back to the minors where he can regain his confidence.
5) Force him into an extended stay on the DL citing an arm problem.
6) Cut ties and eat the $111.5 Million we owe him.
Honestly, every scenario here makes my brain hurt. I can’t stand the fact that we are even talking about this subject to begin with. But, since we’re in the situation, we’ve got to put our GM hats on and figure out what we can do. Although I would like #3 to happen, I know that no team out there in their right minds will trade for him. So, if it were me, I would do #1. We can’t afford to run him out there every 5th day and blow the game. We’ve got to do what is best to help this ball club win, and keeping Zito in the starting rotation is not the answer. So, I ask you…what would you do?
The San Francisco Giants have won their third straight game. Kevin Correia pitched magnificently, as he lead the Giants on to victory. He took a shutout into the 8th inning and had great stuff all night long. He finished giving up five hits over 7 2/3 innings, while striking out four. His ERA for the season is now a measly 2.63.
Well, it looks like our starting pitching is living up to its hype! We’ve got a solid starting five who could all be legitimate #1′s over the next couple of years. With this kind of rotation we have a chance to win every night. I’ve been a Giants fan my whole life and I can’t remember a time when we’ve had a better starting five.
Fred Lewis had a great game last night for the Giants as well, with two runs scored and an electrifying triple! He’s turning out to be all that we could hope for and it looks like he’s going to be the regular from now on in left field. I’m excited that he’s getting his shot. Two nights ago he thrilled Giants fans with his defensive play as he caught a ball off his shoe laces and came up throwing for home. He gunned the guy out trying to tag up from third on a one-hop to Bengie Molina. He’s a five tool player!
Tonight we get back to the top of our rotation where Barry Zito takes the hill. I really hope he can get his stuff together. It would be nice to see him get his first win tonight.
The San Francisco Giants won last night on some fantastic heroics by rookie Daniel Ortmeier. The game went scoreless through eight and a half innings when Bengie Molina came to the plate to start off the bottom of the ninth. He hit a single down the right field line to get it going. He was pinch run for by Rajai Davis, who promptly stole second base. The next two batters get themselves out without advancing the runner and then came Ortmeier.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth Daniel Ortmeier delivered a HUGE hit to seal the victory for the Giants. He smashed a two-strike fastball to deep center field over the head of Jim Edmonds, who was racing back to save the day for the Padres. The ball landed just inches from the wall and Rajai Davis easily came around to score from second base.
The benches immediately cleared and a sea of Giants players met Ortmeier to celebrate the victory. It was a great confidence booster for the club and an even greater one for Ortmeier who has struggled at times this season. Tune in tonight as the Giants face the St. Louis Cardinals at home.
The San Francisco Giants got a victory last night against the LA Dodgers 2-1 in a stormy night that was chock-full of great pitching! Despite both starters being late scratches, due to weather, they each came into the game in relief. Tim Lincecum pitched 4 solid innings giving up only one run and got his first win of the season, and the Giants first as well.
This was a badly needed win for the Giants who have high hopes for their club early in the season. It is vital that they begin their season with some momentum to keep morale high as all the experts have picked them to finish last in their division this year. More importantly, is that they establish themselves at the plate, where they have struggled all spring.
My best friend Todd was at the game in LA decked out in all his Giants gear for the rainy night. He sat pretty much anywhere he wanted as the stadium was quite empty due to a 1 hour and 14 minute rain delay in the top half of the 5th inning. But, he stuck it out, along with the other faithful, and got to see the Giants pull down their first victory of the season.
It was good to finally see some of the youngsters get a start last night! I hope we keep up the youth movement as I see it crucial to our success moving forward. Bill James claims that the best years of a baseball player’s career are from age 25-29. So, we’ll see if those guys get into the games for us.