Hope Springs Eternal

The problem with posting your comments/opinions for the world to see is that sometimes you make a fool out of yourself trying to predict the future.  No sooner than you blast a player, and he has his best game in nearly a decade.

Today, Barry Zito threw his first shutout in nine years (!?!), and in Colorado of all places.  With the Yankees and Red Sox both starting with 0-3 records for the first time since 1966, you get the impression it’s going to be strange year — which is good — the game would get awfully boring if there weren’t a few crazy surprises every year.

I’m not going to admit that Zito has finally regained his old form after just one start, re-tooled delivery or not.  The fact that he hasn’t pitched a shutout in nine years speaks for itself.  Zito wasn’t exactly over-powering, striking out only four in his nine innings of work.  His control was exceptional today, and you can’t really expect that to last, given his 4.1 BB/9IP over his five year career as a Giant.

Frankly, if Zito pitches as well this year as he did in 2009 and 2010, I’d be reasonably satisfied.  One shutout to start the season at least gets him off to a good start toward that relatively modest goal.

One thing is for certain, though.  The Giants really, really wanted to win this game after losing three close games in Arizona.  It isn’t often nowadays a team lets a starter throw 114 pitches in his first start of season in early April.  With Zito, however, the Giants will try to get as much as they can, when they can.  If they get this kind of game out of him after five years, there isn’t much reason to think about tomorrow.

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