Roster setting deadline is 10 a.m Thursday. Though he says these aren't the guys he'd pick, Andrew Baggarly at the San Jose Mercury News believes that it's these 25 guys --Pitchers (11): Lincecum, Cain, JSanchez, Zito, Bumgarner, Wilson, Romo, Lopez, Casilla, Ramirez, Affeldt.
Catchers (2): Posey, Whiteside
Infielders (6): Huff, FSanchez, Uribe, Sandoval, Fontenot, Ishikawa
Outfielders (6): Guillen, Burrell, Torres, Ross, Schierholtz, Rowand
He says that the guys who should be on are Mota instead of Zito and Renteria rather than Guillen. Here are his selections: Pitchers (11): Lincecum, Cain, JSanchez, Bumgarner, Wilson, Romo, Lopez, Casilla, Ramirez, Affeldt, Mota.
Catchers (2): Posey, Whiteside **
Infielders (7): Huff, FSanchez, Uribe, Sandoval, Fontenot, Ishikawa, Renteria
Outfielders (5): Burrell, Torres, Ross, Schierholtz, Rowand
The most interesting part is his contention that Zito shouldn't be on the roster. I strongly agree. He's a laughingstock and a punchline. At this point, the Giants need to figure out what roster has the best chance of getting 11 more wins. It's hard to see how Zito will contribute to that goal. Here's what Baggarly posted --The deciding factor for me: Bumgarner hasn’t pitched scared. Not once. And Zito just looked petrified in a big game.
(Of course, if the Giants are down 2-1 and face elimination in Game 4 in Atlanta, it might not matter. I’ve got to think the Giants would be tempted to turn to Tim Lincecum on three days of rest.)
If Zito isn’t in the rotation, I don’t see any way he’s on the roster. He takes too long to warm up and has almost no experience relieving. I think Mota would be the long man and Zito would be a cheerleader.