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Barry Zito to be activated for some reason

Sep 10, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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With the Giants losing again last night — and the Dbacks winning again — San Francisco is now eight and a half back and the season is effectively over. So there’s no harm, it would seem, in letting Barry Zito pitch a little. Which, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, is exactly what is going to happen. Bruce Bochy said he would “help out anywhere” which I assume means garbage time.

I’m going to consider this the unofficial white flag of the Giants season.  And, in keeping with the recent departures of Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand, I would not be at all surprised to see whatever action Zito has down the stretch be his last action in a Giants uniform.

  1. Big Ed Robles - Sep 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    You know, its far from over. According to my calculations, if the Dodgers go 19-0 in their next 19 games, the D-Backs will have to win 7 of 11 games against the Padres, Pirates and Giants to make the playoffs…

  2. dailyrev - Sep 10, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    It’s a matter of mere dignity: this team is now playing to finish barely ahead of Divorce Court. And The Franchise (nope, not Rihanna’s man, try another K) was flat-out stunning last night. He did exactly what you’d expect a 10-year vet pitcher to do with a weak lineup. Except he’s a rook. Can’t recall the last time I saw a rook starter arrive so fully formed, there’s nothing needs to be done with him. Maybe a slide step/holding runners, that’s it. I’ve seen him 3 times this year and still can’t believe this guy sports a Hello Kitty backpack to his bullpen sessions — he’s got more tricks than Sabathi-Lee and toys with big league hitters like he’s been around for a decade.

    • granted42 - Sep 10, 2011 at 10:18 PM

      Because Dodger fans need to be fact-checked, Kershaw has pitched almost 700 innings in the Majors since 2008. While he is young (23,) it’s been a few years since he’s been a rookie. He is having a great year, and his previous two weren’t so bad either. He’s got Cy Young numbers this year leading the NL in innings pitched, ERA, and Ks. Unfortunately for him, statisticly speaking, he’s not that much better in those categories than Halladay. Since seven of his starts have come against the Giants and the Padres, all the smart writers and those on the East Coast will be voting for Halladay this year.

  3. APBA Guy - Sep 10, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Barry may be playing for his future. If the Giants have to eat the remaining $ 40M of his contract anyway, at least they can minimize the damage to next year’s team if Zito shows enough so that somebody will take him at next to zero dollars. If he doesn’t improve in th enext few weeks, then no harm if he’s released outright in th eoff-season.

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 10, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Maybe they thing Zito can lead the charge in catching the Braves for the Wild Card.

  5. goawaydog - Sep 10, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    As a long time Giants fan i choose to plead the 5th here.

  6. nomoreseasontix - Sep 10, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Zito was not money well spent.

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