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Barry Zito will start Game 1 for Giants

Oct 23, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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UPDATE: It’s official, Zito will start Game 1.


There’s no official word yet on the Giants’ rotation for the World Series, but Andrew Baggarly of reports that Barry Zito is likely to get the call for Game 1 against the Tigers.

He’d face Justin Verlander in a matchup of former Cy Young winners (which sounds perfectly normal except for the part about Zito winning his in 2002).

That represents a helluva turnaround for a guy who was left off the postseason roster during the Giants’ run to the World Series in 2010, but Zito came up huge with 7.2 shutout innings in Game 5 of the NLCS and according to Baggarly “word around the team is that Zito deserves the honor.”

Zito struggled against right-handed hitters all season, allowing them to bat .281 with an .823 OPS (compared to .209 with a .559 OPS versus lefties), so matching up with a Detroit lineup that includes righties Miguel Cabrera, Austin Jackson, Delmon Young, Jhonny Peralta, Omar Infante, and Avisail Garcia isn’t ideal. Of course, the same was even more true of a Cardinals lineup filled with good right-handed bats and Zito shut them down.

  1. number42is1 - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Former Cy younger winners?

  2. Andrew Chapman - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    something tells me he’ll be the same old Zito this time around

    • pdowdy83 - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      Funny wording. “Old” Zito was the Cy Young winner who pitched really well for the A’s.

      • Lukehart80 - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        Or was that “young” Zito?

      • Andrew Chapman - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        um, no, i was referring to the zito who has been a complete bust for the giants. silly me!

  3. number42is1 - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    “He’d face Justin Verlander in a matchup of former Cy Young winners (which sounds perfectly normal except for the part about Zito winning his in 2002).”

    Except that Verlander is the reigning Cy young winner and very likely the future one as well.

  4. blues1988 - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    giants don’t even have a chance, this is gonna be a quick one.

    • detroitr1 - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      If Zito pitches like he did the other night, anything can happen. His best chance against this feisty lineup is to throw heat at the expense of pitch counts…and that could bring out you-know-who…

      • sailcat54 - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        The Tigers and their fans can hope all they want, but what they saw during the NLDS and NLCS is what they will see in the World Series. The Tigers are not facing a crippled, disorganized Yankees team; they are going to see a gritty, determined Giants squad who pitches, hits, and fields like they intend to win. Ask the Reds and the 2011 WS Champs Cardinals what they saw over the last couple of weeks.

        Blues1988 better have some tissues handy during the Series. He’ll be needing them. Go Giants!

    • blabidibla - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      Thanks for that. Exactly what we heard from the Reds fans and the Cardinal fans.

  5. Marty - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    As long as Verlander harnesses the power of Cliff Lee from game 1 in 2010, the Giants have a shot.

  6. Carl Hancock - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Zito is going to get lit up.

    • scumpidude - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      You mean like how Cardinals were supposed to light him up?

    • SOBEIT - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      Yes, please keep telling yourself that! By the way…Reds on line 1 and Cards on line 2 for ya…

    • Hunter Pence's Eyes - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      I’m sorry, what was that about Zito getting lit up….?

  7. cur68 - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Well, good look to BZits. Really; good luck. The Tigers are not the Cards. They are rested, been studying up and know what he’s got. Leave on of those straight balls up in the zone and they’ll KILL him. The Cards guys just looked surprised all the time when that happened. No one expects that from the Tigers. Anyhow, I hope he’s got his good stuff. I want this one to go all 7 then I don’t care who wins.

  8. Carl Hancock - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    The Tigers are not the Cards. They don’t have a hitter as good as Cabrera and the one-two punch of Cabrera and Fielder is brutal. Oh yea, they have this guy called Verlander that’ll be available for 2 games. Have fun boys.

    • thereisaparty - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      The 1-5 punch of Jon Jay (2012 wOBA of .341), Carlos Beltran (.355), Matt Holliday (.378), Allen Craig (.374), and Yadier Molina (.375) is brutal. Barry Zito is no longer a good pitcher. Justin Verlander had a 5.56 ERA the 2011 ALCS, including 4ER in a win. Baseball is full of randomness.

  9. bjbeliever - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Tigers have been playing minor league players during the layoff, those bats will come out flat – Lets go Zito – Giants in 6

  10. fasteddy415 - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    The last time i saw Verlander pitching to a Giant he was getting knocked around! Bases clearing double! The Giants are not afraid of Verlander! Zito will do fine! Lets go Giants!

  11. rastaraider - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Zito is going to sit them all down Tigers are getting too much media attention … Reeeellaxxx same thing happen 2010 counted the giants out against the number 1 offense .. N shut them down !
    Same thing gonna happen here ..
    Doubt them out again

    • xjokerz - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:56 AM

      difference is…Tigers pitchers are better than yours…and our offense trumps yours…


      • tom-a-hawk - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM

        Uh, it doesn’t seem like you’re right. We just kicked your Ace’s behind. What do you have to say now?

  12. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    This is why the Yankees shouldn’t dump ARod. Neither of these guys are worth their contracts, but having them them around makes a lot more sense than paying them to play for someone else. Teams never know what their needs will be, or who will step up to fill them.

  13. sonoco - Oct 23, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    The Tigers have not done much damage at all to soft tossing left handers this year

  14. cameltoehoe - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Wouldn’t it be a great story if Zeets could out pitch the big & bad Verlander? I hope it happens so I could tell people “told you so.”. I had do much fun doing it in 2010.

  15. blabidibla - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    I just bought tickets to game #1 with a buddy. My wife is going to kill me.

    • cur68 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:07 AM

      Leave them to me in your will, then.

  16. stc1993 - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    Lets go Giants, show em something.

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