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Giants announce that Barry Zito will start Game 4

Oct 8, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

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Rather than go back to their ace on short rest, the Giants plan to start Barry Zito against the Reds if they extend the NLDS to four games, manager Bruce Bochy announced Monday.

The Giants picked Zito over Matt Cain even though it would be a do-or-die situation. Down 2-0 in the best-of-five series, they need to win Tuesday’s Game 3 with Ryan Vogelsong on the mound just to get to Game 4.

The guess here is that if it were a winner-take-all game, the Giants would go with Cain over Zito.  However, they probably feel better about their chances of winning two games with Zito and Cain on regular rest than Cain and Madison Bumgarner on short rest, particularly after Bumgarner struggled last night.

Besides, Zito has been their good-luck charm these last two months. The Giants have won each of his last 11 starts, even though Zito has a 3.91 ERA during the span. Overall, Zito was 15-8 with a 4.15 ERA this season. He went 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts against the Reds.

  1. randygnyc - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Giants only chance is to play Bonds AND Melky.

    • temporarilyexiled - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      Normally, I can’t stand your posts.

      This one is funny.

      And probably true.

  2. skerney - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    I’ve watched every Giants game this season and I don’t think their offense ever been as flaccid as it was in games 1 and 2. Cincy pitchers dealt and SF couldn’t make adjustments. If Vogelsong wins tomorrow Zito on full rest is really the only option. Cain, Lincecum, and everyone else will be ready to step in if Zito gets in trouble.

  3. jason9696 - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    There isn’t going to be a game 4.

  4. mrredlegz - Oct 8, 2012 at 9:10 PM

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    (that’s a pretty big if)

    • mrredlegz - Oct 8, 2012 at 9:11 PM

      bastards took out my spaces.

  5. johnnyb1976 - Oct 9, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Not looking good for Zito to pitch in the playoffs this season is it.

  6. legacybroken - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    It starting to feel we’re heading to a midwest NLCS and maybe a Midwest World Series.

    • temporarilyexiled - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      The networks will go poopie.

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