Last Start of Barry Zito’s San Francisco Giants Career?
Actually, I was surprised Barry Zito got tonight’s start at all. After giving up six earned runs in 3.2 IP against Boston at home, I was thinking (hoping) there wouldn’t be another one.
Barry allowed five earned runs in 4.0 IP against the Rockies tonight on nine hits and two HRs. That’s an improvement over the previous start, but it’s late enough in the season for some (any) minor leaguer to get the opportunity to start at the major league level no matter how bad he might pitch. Giving a few more starts to Michael Kickham and Yusmeiro Petit or better yet to Eric Surkamp, who is 7-1 with a 2.54 ERA in ten starts at AAA Fresno and apparently all the way back from his Tommy John surgery in late July 2012, can’t possibly be less useful to the Giants’ 2014 and beyond, than starting Barry Zito again this year.
As for Barry Zito as he wraps up his Giants career, all I can say is, “Thanks for the 2012 memories!” He may have cost a pile, but we’ll always recall his 2012 post-season first whenever his name is mentioned.
At 15.5 games back of the second wildcard, let alone what they need to catch up to the Dodgers in the NL West, in the last days of August it’s time to play every remaining game with an eye to what helps the team most next year. That can’t possibly involve anything but Zito as the guy who comes in during blow-outs or in extra innings, when someone else needs a rest. That doesn’t doesn’t happen much after the rosters expand on September 1st.