Sunday, September 16, 2012

Giants -- 8-0 in Zito's last 8 starts

Obviously the strong play over the past month -- 19-9 since the Melky suspension -- has a lot to do with a lot of players. But if I had to point to one thing, it's the Zito stat, which covers 6 of those wins. Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle noted that he's won 12 games for the first time in his tenure as a Giant.Here's the verbiage at the end of the blog post -- 

Here’s a guy who used to be viewed as a fifth starter at best. The staff just hoped to get five innings out of him. Now, he is throwing as well as anyone on the staff.

He showed it when he struck out Upton to end the sixth inning. Zito just went after him, getting a swinging strike two with an 80-mph cutter then finishing him with an 86-mph fastball, inside black.
The Giants are 8-0 in Zito’s past eight starts.
“This guy has had a great career,” Bochy said. “He’s done a tremendous job of getting back on track. He’s locating pitches, doing a better job of pounding the strike zone. It’s pretty impressive, 8-0 in his last eight starts. He’s very determined this year and he’s come through for us.”


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