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Barry Zito will not be in Giants' rotation for NLDS and could be left off the playoff roster

Oct 5, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

Barry Zito was fantastic early on this season, going 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA through six starts, and he had an ERA under 3.50 as recently as mid-August, but the veteran left-hander went 1-8 with a 6.66 ERA in his final 11 starts and now the Giants have decided to bump him from the playoff rotation.
Tim Lincecum will start Game 1, followed by Matt Cain in Game 2 and Jonathan Sanchez in Game 3. Bruce Bochy said today that he’s undecided about who would get the Game 4 call, but the options don’t include Zito. Instead, it’ll either be rookie Madison Bumgarner or Lincecum coming back on short rest.
Normally that would mean a trip to the bullpen for Zito, but with Jeremy Affeldt, Dan Runzler, and Javier Lopez the Giants aren’t exactly short on left-handed relief options. In other words, the $126 million man could be left off the postseason roster entirely for the first round.

  1. Filmter - Oct 5, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    so sad. i like zito, he’s a super guy, just not a great pitcher. this is surprising cause bochy is such an advocate for veterans getting their due. I’m sure larry baer, sabes, and neukom had a lot to do with this one. Smart move not letting zito get near the mound, stakes are too high and zito had no location the second half.

  2. Griffey's Gigantism - Oct 5, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Was thinking about this while watching Giants/Padres this weekend… Will Barry Zito be the highest-paid player ever to be left off a postseason roster (non-injury)? Off the top of my nerve-tonic enlarged head, I can’t think of anyone making $18.5M annually or $126M total who has ever been left off.

  3. Marklar - Oct 5, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    they should leave Rowand off the roster too… then they would have 30+ million not playing

  4. avg joe - Oct 5, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Love the Simpsons reference.

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