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Barry Zito plus Coors Field equals …

Aug 27, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Last week I wrote about how Barry Zito trying to save his rotation spot with a start at Coors Field seemed like it was bound to fail and sure enough he failed to make it out of the fifth inning last night against the Rockies.

Zito allowed five runs in four innings, serving up a pair of homers, and dropped to a remarkable 0-8 with a 9.25 ERA on the road this season.

It seems like a distant memory now, but last year the Giants won Zito’s last 14 starts including the postseason. This year they’re 9-14 when he starts and Zito is 0-7 with a 7.78 ERA in 61 innings since June 1, allowing opponents to hit .355 with 14 homers and a .592 slugging percentage during that time.

The only question remaining is whether the Giants will let him continue to take the mound every fifth day for the final month, because there’s obviously no doubt that they’ll decline the $18 million option on his contract for next season and give him an $8 million buyout instead. For their $126 million investment in Zito the Giants have gotten a 51-66 record and 4.64 ERA in 933 innings.

  1. number42is1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    $8 million to just go away… i am doing something VERY VERY wrong with my life

  2. Jeremy T - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Remember back in April, when a few people were saying that the Giants should sign Zito to an extension?

  3. number42is1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    So to answer Aaron’s math problem

    Barry Zito plus Coors Field equals …8 million mother fu*king dollars!!!!!

  4. blabidibla - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    “For their $126 million investment in Zito the Giants have gotten a 51-66 record and 4.64 ERA in 933 innings. ”

    Most importantly, a victory over Verlander in game one of the 2012 World Series.

    Thanks for the memories.

  5. imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Last year Zito threw a 4 hit CGSH in Colorado.
    Just saying

  6. TheMorningStar - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Barry Zito plus Coors Field = A call from Brian Cashman once the season ends.

    He’ll be trolling for (non)talent to fill some rosters spots in 2014.

  7. Ducky Medwick - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    “Hitters facing Zito” should get some down ballot MVP votes.

  8. coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Zito will learn the knuckler while climbing Kilimanjaro with Dickey this winter, learning the meaning of life along with the proper speed and grip. Mets will sign him to replace Harvey, on the mound and in the nude photo shoots for ESPN.

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