Barry Zito

Rivals Week: Barry Zito pitches, you win (Zito’s results may vary)

Barry Zito is living proof that if you plan on leaving your first big league team to ink a huge contract, avoid signing with the original team’s cross-town rival. Because if things don’t work, you don’t even get to keep some idealized version of your old town in your head.

“Oh, Oakland. Those were the days. Remember when we used to hang out in the Marina and just soak up the nightlife? Wait, that’s what I’m doing now and it isn’t fun anymore. Rats.”

Back when Zito was a younger, taller Dave Matthews…

Back in the days before Brandons and Busters, the A’s were the team all the ladies loved. When you went to games at the Coliseum back in the early 2000s the stands were full (relatively speaking) of young ladies who sided with either Mark Mulder (captain of the football team) or Barry Zito (the dreamy guitar-playing surfer bro), except for the occasional outlier who preferred Tim Hudson (the steady one).

As a guy in his 20s back then which Bay Area resident he’d trade places with in a minute, and Zito would’ve been at the top of the list. He was probably just as neurotic back then as he is now, but to outsiders in the era when sports on the internet meant ESPN.com and social media meant heading to your friend’s house to watch the game, Zito’s life looked chill.

Barry Buzzkill

Fast forward to now, and Zito’s life couldn’t be more different. His bank account has gone from “rich kid” to “oil tycoon.” Despite better surface numbers in 2012, he’s a couple starts away from people questioning his grip on the fifth spot in the rotation. Again.

Zito’s been a tricky guy to figure out this year. His first start was also his first shutout since 2003, and on June 3 against the Cubs he pitched more than 8 shutout innings (8.1) in a game for the third time since coming to San Francisco. Almost makes one think of his Oakland days. But his two starts since (19 baserunners, 9 earned runs and 2 HR over 11 innings with only 5 strikeouts) have been decidedly on the side of San Francisco Zito. In his last start against Texas, Zito allowed 5 earned runs for the first time all season. Last year, he allowed 5 or more earned runs three times in a row … and lost his starting job.

So what’s going to happen tonight? Are we going to get Oakland Zito or San Francisco Zito? The last time Zito faced the Angels, he gave up 7 earned in 3.2 innings. That was also in 2009 and at AT&T, which means that game is less relevant to Zito’s upcoming task than his pants size.

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While there’s no guarantee Zito will win tonight, he can be as frustratingly mediocre as ever and you can still win a new shirt from DIE HARD CO., a local apparel company that gives Bay Area fans a way to sport their colors with eye-catching shirts you won’t find anywhere else. Here’s how to win (it’s really easy):

— In the comments, predict how many earned runs Zito will allow tonight against the Angels, along with his strikeout total for tonight’s game and how many innings he lasts.

— The two commenters who come closest to predicting Zito’s earned runs allowed total will win the shirt of their choice from DIE HARD.

— In case of a tie, the two commenters who come closest to Zito’s strikeout total will win.

— In case of a tie in both earned runs and strikeouts, the tiebreaker then becomes innings pitched.

EXAMPLE: “I predict Zito will give up 1 earned run and strike out 15 over 9 innings tonight.”

If more than two people tie in all three categories, we’ll figure something out.

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3rdKing
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3rdKing

i predict another loss….

Zito and Timmy gonna keep us out of the playoffs

david white
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david white

I predict Zito will give up 3 earned runs and strike out 5 over 6 innings tonight.

Harry Peterson
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7 innings , 2runs , 5k’s, No decision , bullpen game!

Scott
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Scott

I predict Zito will give up 4 earned runs and strike out 4 over 6 innings tonight

Jared
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Jared

I’m going with 6 innings 3 earned runs and 4 K’s…a quality start but barely

Stan
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Stan

This post is sooooo full of negativity. The reality is he gives up about 1.4 runs per inning I figure for four innings. About 6 runs?

And this whole Zito thing..it has to be pure insanity to pay a AA level beer league 33 year old..126 million. McGowan’s Folly-squared.

Kyle McLorg
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Swami sez: Zito will give up 4 ERs in 6 innings, striking out 3. His hair will, however, pitch a perfect game as usual.

T
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T

I predict 6. 6 times that someone will mention that Timmy will turns things around.

Stan
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Stan

7x’s Krukow says its mechanics.

SantaCruzSpike
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SantaCruzSpike

5.2 innings, 4ER’s, 5K’s… actually would not be a terrible outing.

Conor
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Conor

A lineup like the Angels points to a disaster for Zito. But baseball is weird so I will go the opposite direction: 7.1 IP, 3k, 1ER

Sports Girl Liz
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I predict Zito will give up 3 earned runs and strike out 7 over 7 innings tonight. It’ll be a very groooovy outing.

DaveV
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DaveV

Zito pitches into the 10th in a pitcher’s duel:
ER: 1
Innings: 9.1
Strikeouts: 5
Walks: 0

mightyhero
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mightyhero

5 earned runs, 5 strikeouts, 5 innings. The trifecta.

Meagan Bacon
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Meagan Bacon

7 innings, 3 earned runs, 4K…

Die Hard t-shirt buyer
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Die Hard t-shirt buyer

Zito is cute, but Crawford is hotter–a totally irrelevant observation. My prediction: Zito will give up 4 earned runs and strike out 4 over 6 innings.

Jen
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Jen

I predict he pitches 6 1/3, 2 ER, 4 Ks

Tom
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Tom

Zito will go 6 and 2/3 innings, give up 3 runs with 3 strikeouts

Bay Area Stats Guy
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I predict Zito will give up 3 earned runs and strike out 5 over 6 innings tonight.

Smern
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Smern

Someone has to think positive for Z and his magical unicorn power.
8.2 innings. 3 earned runs, 6Ks

Michael
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Michael

I predict 5 innings 5 earned runs and 2 strikeouts

Justin
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3 ER, 4 K’s, and 7 IP

Jeff
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Jeff

5.1 innings, 4ER, 3K

noah
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noah

5-2/3 innings, 4 runs, 4 Ks

Laura
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Laura

I predict Zito will give up 1 earned run and strike out 5 over 7 innings

Stan
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Stan

And -for the sake of mankind will somebody in the real world grab that guy -give him a slap and show him the real world?.
Take him down to a pound and those poor animals..or..well. I’m about to hate that guy with every photo pose. You throw a baseball-and badly Barry. Your troops? That is more of your conservative BS.
Everything is money with him.

Michael Lussier
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Michael Lussier

Zito will give up 5 earned over 5 innings and strike out 3.

Anthony Bagdasarian
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Anthony Bagdasarian

Zito 6.2 5K 2ER

Chris
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Chris

I think Zito gives up 4 runs, strikes out 4 and makes it thru 6 innings.

Braden Cartwright
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Braden Cartwright

I predict Zito will go 5 innings with 4 ERs and 3 strikeouts

Derick
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Derick

I predict Zito will give up 2 earned runs and strike out 4 over 7.1 innings tonight.

Dan The Pundit
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Zito will be his usual self tonight going 3 2/3 giving up 9 hits and 5 ER.

the dude
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the dude

I predict Barry Zito will allow 5 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings with 4 strikeouts. And giants will lose.

Mason Ignacio
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Mason Ignacio

I predict Zito will give up 2 earned runs and strike out 5 over 6 innings.

G Money
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G Money

Zito’s gonna bring it tonight.
7 IP, 6 K , 1 ER

dibs
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dibs

5.1IP, 5ER, 5 K. Giants stifled by CJ in a 6-2 defeat.

ABIJXY
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ABIJXY

2 earned runs, 3 strikeouts over 6.1 innings

Eric
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Eric

2.1 innings, 7 earned runs, zero Ks

Seamus
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Seamus

Let’s say 7 innings, 5ks, 2 ER. Shoot me I’m an optomost.

sirsharkie
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sirsharkie

Zeets. 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 K

Cameron Easley
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Cameron Easley

Im going with 5.2 IP, 3 ER, and 7 K’s

Colleen C
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Colleen C

4ER 3K in 6.1IP – awww Zeets!

ernie p
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ernie p

Zito will last five innings giving up five earned runs with 3 strikeouts

Stan
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Stan

Time to call it a day..one run short so far-but 2 innings to go for my effort at laying hands on the monitor to give the Zito clairvoyant news..

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