Friday, September 03, 2010

Wrong guy at the wrong time

That would be Barry Zito -- or for Giants fans, the new Armando Benitez. It's been a longtime that I so dread seeing a particularly Giant on the field.

I attended tonight's disgusting 4-2 loss at Chavez Latrine in the company of a Dodger fan who's a pretty good friend and this is what we agreed on:

-- Barry Zito belongs in the Headcase Hall of Fame, giving up 4 runs to the 8th place hitter on a 2-run homer with first base open and the pitcher (Chad Billingsley). The bigger the game -- and every game is big now -- the less dependable Zito is going to be.

-- Billingsley made the Giants look sick, particularly since the Dodgers aren't playing for much. They'd have to win 10 in a row to become a factor again. The thing is, they do have the frontline players to make that happen.

Andrew Baggarley of the Mercury-News writes a pretty good game story except for characterizing Zito as a No. 2 pitcher. He's a No. 5 pitcher, who's paid like an ace. He's now 0-7 with a 5.79 ERA in his last nine starts.

This one's on Brian Sabean again for the Zito deal, plus assembling a feeble offense. Highlights were Buster Posey's two-run single in the 4th, which Zito immediately gave back, and stellar work from the pen.

I would hope that Bochy think seriously about benching Zito for the rest of the year and trying to make it with the Fresno guys (Pucetas? Dontrelle? Wellemeyer?) in the No. 5 slot.


Anonymous Pistol Pete said...

not to mention the statue in RF known of jose guillen.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

I think it would have been a tough play for any rightfielder, Pete. Billingsly really hit it hard. The bigger problem was that Zito gave Billingsly a fat pitch to hit in a crucial situation.

3:10 PM  

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