Giants 16-0 in Zito’s last 16 starts
(Thanks to the talented Matthew Pouliot at HardballTalk for the original article.) The San Francisco Giants just can’t lose with Barry Zito on the mound. Dating back to last season, the Giants are 16-0 over his last 16 starts, including their 10-0 shellacking of the Colorado Rockies on April 10th. Zito has yet to allow a run in 14 shutout innings so far in 2013, and was sterling in the 2012 playoffs, pitching to a 1.69 ERA en route to a World Series title. Whether Zito can keep the masterful pitching up is anyone’s guess; 2010 and 2012 were generally dreadful seasons for the lefty with the giant curveball. If San Francisco wants to pick up his contract next year, it will be an $18 million option.
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Originally posted on HardballTalk:
Including last year’s postseason, the Giants are riding a streak of 16 straight victories with Barry Zito on the mound. The left-hander pitched seven scoreless innings and went 2-for-3 with two runs scored Wednesday in a 10-0 drubbing of the Rockies.
Zito posted a 1.69 ERA in his three postseason starts last year, and he’s yet to allow a run in 14 innings in 2013.
Perhaps no one but me is thinking of next year right now, but at the rate Zito is going, the Giants might actually pick up his $18 million option for 2014, a possibility that would have seemed preposterous at pretty much any point since the first year of his seven-year, $126 million contract.
The key there is the $7 million buyout attached to said option, meaning the Giants will essentially have to decide whether they think Zito will be worth $11 million in 2014. Or…
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