What can the Giants do with Barry Zito?
Barry Zito as we all know is the 126 million dollar man. He’s also about to become the most expensive long relief man in the game.
Why is there so much emphasis on his albatross of a contract? Logically it’s because he was paid to win games.
He got bombed again after getting 90 minutes notice to spot start for an ailing Tim Lincecum against the Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Park. Zito’s line: 7 innings, six hits, six earned runs, two walks, four strikouts, and three home runs allowed.
Ideally, he should be averaging 15-18 wins a season or that’s what the front office was hoping. Jonathan Sanchez will soon be activated off the disabled list. Is there a dilemna for manager Bruce Bochy?
You can’t eat the remainder of Zito’s contract, at least, not yet. The best place for Zito is baseball purgatory: mop up relief. Zito has only been on the DL once in his career which was this season. The positives for using him in that capacity is that he eats innings and is a lefty.
Since Zito became a Giants in 2007, he is 43-60 with a 4.50 ERA and has not won more than 11 games in a season.
Does MLB need more instant replay?
Baseball has always had the best ‘officiating’ of the four major sports. In the past two seasons, there have been two glaring mistakes made by long time veterans. Last year, it was Jim Joyce blowing the perfect game for Armando Gallaraga who took a relay toss from first baseman Miguel Cabrera in what should have been the final out of the game.
Witness the play at the plate where Jerry Meals was the home plate umpire. Scott Proctor hits a grounder to third. Pedro Alvarez tries to throw out the winning run at the plate. See it here.
Let’s not forget last season’s near perfect game with Jim Joyce at first base. Galarraga was trying to cover first base on a grounder hit by Cleveland’s Jason Donald. The argument now is to extend instant replay beyond home run calls.
Should there be more of instant replay or does that take away from the ‘human’ element of the game? View the play that broke up the perfect game here.
Ervin Santana no-hits the Cleveland Indians
Angels pitcher Ervin Santana put himself in the record books, notching his first career no-hitter which was also the first victory over the Indians. Santana had never beaten the tribe since he debuted in May 2005. It was not a no-no since the Indians scored a run off a fielding error.
Santana is the third pitcher to not allow a hit jin a game joining Francisco Liriano of the Twins and Justin Verlander of the Tigers to author no-hitters in 2011. Why is there a sudden resurgence in pitching? Just a few years ago, home runs were flying out of the ballpark with regularity.
“I think you’re seeing the trend exactly what it is now,” Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s about pitching and defense and small ball and the game has taken a complete 180 from 7-9 years ago so the focus is always on pitching and there seems to be more and more of it. People are drafting pitchers and then pitchers get to the big leagues a lot quicker.
“That seems to be the strength of the game right now so it’s no surprise you’re seeing the type of performances over the last couple of years that you’re seeing.”
Watch the final out of Ervin Santana’s no-hitter here.