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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Giants Notes

Tuesday nights start in Arizona is a huge one for Barry Zito. Currently sitting at 0-4, Zito takes the mound in search of his first win of the season against one of the best pitchers in the league, Brandon Webb. While Zito has been better in his last two starts than he was in his first two, he's still walking way too many batters and getting himself behind in the count early. With Zito topping out at 84 mph on the fastball, he can't afford to get behind hitters and become predictable to a count. The Diamondbacks are always a tough team for him as well because of all the right handed thump that they have. If Zito goes win-less in April, it will start rumblings about sending him to the DL or possibly to the bullpen so tonight would be as good of time as any to get back on track. The rest of the starting rotation continues to throw the ball well enough to stick and Zito right now really is the odd man out. Who knows, maybe a win over the Leagues best team and could be just what's needed to get Zito back on track. I doubt it, but we can hope.

The more Fred Lewis plays, the better he is starting to look. He has been playing so well lately that the Giants have cut Rajai Davis and have committed to Lewis full time in left. His defense, while still a bit shaky, has improved a bunch over the first couple weeks of the season and his base running is making progress as well. He has 2 stolen bases over the last 4 games and is looking a lot better getting jumps off of the pitcher. His hitting hasn't been an issue ever since he put on a Giants uniform last spring. I know 60 at-bats is a small sample, but as I said a few posts back, a 15 hr/20 sb season with a +.300 avg. and a +.850 OPS is not out of the question and that would be golden compared to what the Giants farm system has produced over the last 10 years. The only question regarding Lewis at this point is where to hit him in the order. His ability to work counts and get on base point to keeping him in the lead off spot, but he does have the potential to hit the ball out of the ballpark and drive in runs which is something this team lacks. They may eventually want his bat in the middle of the order if he keeps leading the team in OPS. Any way you look at it, the Giants look like they finally have they one of their own producing regularly in the big leagues and that is refreshing.
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7 Comments:

  • At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Niteowl049 said…

    Zito is not pitching that bad...his ERA is dropping or holding steady in the last three starts. He still needs to start winning games.

     
  • At 5:39 PM, Anonymous lt said…

    Yeah, I agree with you about Fred Lewis. He is getting better, but I don't know if he can hit .300 the whole season.

    Barry Zito has been pitching better, but he keeps getting very tough assignments. Not making excuses, but Milwaukee, LA and AZ are all great offenses.

     
  • At 9:00 PM, Anonymous lunatic-fringe said…

    Zito is just flat out horrible. I think it would be best for this team to dl him for a few weeks to let him get his head cleared. Then maybe give him a few starts in Fresno, then possibly work him back into the rotatation. I don't think sending him to the bullpen would solve anything unless he was pitching a lot, but what do I know?

    Anyway, If Zito had pitched better over his first 5 starts, the Giants would probably be a game or so under .500 and looking a lot better.

     
  • At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Zito hasn't been that bad. His record could easily be 2-3 which isn't great, but he's had no support. I think he'll rebound. He won't be a winning pitcher this year beacause of the start, but he'll be respectable.

     
  • At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    whats up with Velez? So hot in spring, but it looks like he's struggled in april.

     
  • At 8:43 PM, Anonymous jono said…

    zito seems to have concentrated on batting since coming to the giants

    however the real question is will one win bring him back and can the giants cost losing games just to get him pitching well

    and i must agree his pitch hasnt been that bad a few balls called strikes and he has 2-3 games won

     
  • At 2:24 PM, Blogger Sika said…

    ZITO MUST GO! Time to wake up Giants fans! The Project Zito Experiment is an UTTER failure. I don't care how much it costs to cut this head-case but IT MUST BE DONE. The Pirates cut Matt Morris and took the 10 milly loss and that's the road our beloved Giants must take unfortunately with Zito. He's lost whatever magic he may have had when he was with the A's. If he won only half his games we would be fat contenders but with him onboard we ain't going anywhere but down the tubes. He makes Russ Ortiz look like Roger Clemens. I'm sure you all agree. Let's take our lumps and dump him. PLEASE!

     

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