Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Zito Update

Barry Zito's move to the bullpen has been a huge success, as he's yet to allow a run.. or even a hit. Sure, it may have something to do with the fact that he hasn't made a single relief appearance, but you can't argue with those numbers.

The Giants announced today that Zito will return to the rotation to start Wednesday night against Pittsburgh. I had initially tabbed tomorrow night's game as the Bad Baseball game of the week - to watch Pat Misch's first start in Zito's spot - but this news doesn't change anything. It's still gonna be ugly.

Watch for one of two things to happen: Zito will pick up his first win of 2008 (the Pirates aren't exactly an offensive juggernaut), or Nate McLouth will remind old time Bucs fans of Roberto Clemente and absolutely crush whatever garbage Zito brings. This is still a must-see game.

In other Bad Baseball news from Tuesday night...

Not much to report on, other than the Twins being nearly no-hit by Gavin Floyd and the Chicago White Sox.

I often wonder what it's like to be on the other side of a no-hitter. On one hand, you get to be a first hand witness of true (or at least very near) perfection. On the other, you have to face the reality that although you're a major league hitter you were completely dominated for a night, rendered totally lame for nine innings of baseball. And how big of a jerk does the guy (last night it was Joe Mauer) feel like when he's the one to break the thing up in the 9th? Or a fielder who doesn't get to a ball in time?

I'll be sure to ask Mauer the next time I run into him.

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