Barry Zito has been named the starter tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates after being demoted to the bullpen last week. The San Francisco Giants skipped him in the rotation for his last start and he has thrown just two bullpen sessions since. He has not appeared out of the pen and has not received any game experience since his demotion. Why the sudden change of heart?
For all you Giants fans out there, we’re going to do a poll today to see how many runs you think he’ll give up tonight:
Also, just for giggles, how many innings will he last?
Raise your voice and shout out an opinion on the game tonight! I can’t wait to hear what each of you have to say. My guess is he’ll last 4 2/3 innings and give up 5-6 runs. Be bold people! Put your money where your mouth is.
Maybe they did it cause they would have looked like fools getting rid of barry bonds and at the same time doing this to the new barry.
This wasn’t a call by Bochy, it was a call by that sniveling weasel Peter McGowan, you can bet your bottom dollar.
I’m gonna go with 5 runs in 5 innings. Right down the middle.
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Kind of a stupid, baseless comment, Johnny. If you’d just read this blog, you’d have seen there was a basis for the decision: he threw 2 bull pen sessions. And, if you’d read elsewhere, you’d know they went very well – which is substantiated by how well he pitched. No, he is not a #1 SP, but he was quite effective tonight.
Well, I’ve got to tip my hat to Zito for the performance he gave last night. He looked a lot more confident on the mound, had better control of his pitches, and had GREAT defense behind him. My goodness, those guys picked him up last night, didn’t they?