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Name  Barry Zito
Born  5/13/1978
Height  6-2
Weight  205
Number  75
Position  RP
Bats  L
Throws  L
11/2/2013 8:38:00 PM
Description: The Giants have declined lefthander Barry Zito's option for next season. SOURCE: Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Zito's tenure in San Francisco will end with a $7 million buyout. He would have made $18 million had the Giants extended him for another year. Zito starred for the Giants during their title run in 2012 (2-0, 1.69 ERA in the playoffs) but wasn't able to keep his rotation spot in 2013.
Cold8/2/2013 7:13:00 PM
Description: Barry Zito has indeed lost his spot in the starting rotation. SOURCE: Andrew Baggarly, Comcast Bay Area
Insight: It was bound to happen. Zito hasn't been pitching well and the Giants needed to make room for Ryan Vogelsong, who is set to come off the DL sometime in the next week. Zito was supposed to start Sunday against the Rays but now righthander Guillermo Moscoso will make the start instead.
Cold7/31/2013 7:35:00 PM
Description: San Francisco lefthander Barry Zito is in danger of losing his place in the starting rotation.
Insight: Manager Bruce Bochy wouldn't even commit to having Zito make his next start Sunday against the Rays. Even if Zito (4-8, 5.09 ERA) pitches Sunday, he'll almost certainly be pushed out of the rotation when Ryan Vogelsong returns from a broken hand sometime next week.
6/22/2013 9:44:00 PM
Description: Giants lefthander Barry Zito held the Marlins to just one run in seven innings Saturday at AT&T Park.
Insight: Saturday was Zito's longest outing since May 8th against Philadelphia. The slow-throwing lefty is winless in his last four starts.
6/12/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Barry Zito allowed 11 hits and eight runs in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Zito has had some solid starts this season, but when he has been bad, he has been really really bad. The left-hander is actually 4-1 with a 1.94 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in eight starts at home, but has gone 0-4 with an 11.29 ERA and a 2.51 WHIP in five road outings.
5/14/2013 10:39:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Barry Zito served up 12 hits and eight runs (five earned) in just 5 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Zito still has just a 3.40 ERA in eight starts, but his WHIP is 1.44. His ERA has been saved from further damage by eight unearned runs.
5/8/2013 7:20:00 PM
Description: San Francisco starter Barry Zito didn't walk a batter and allowed just four hits and one run in seven innings Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Insight: Zito allowed nine runs in 2 2/3 innings on April 16 at Milwaukee but he has given up a total of three earned runs over 36 2/3 innings in his other six starts.
4/21/2013 7:05:00 PM
Description: San Francisco starter Barry Zito tossed seven shutout frames Sunday in a 5-0 win over San Diego.
Insight: If you take away Zito's meltdown against the Brewers last week (2 2/3 IP, 8 H, 9 ER), the 34-year-old would be 3-0 with an ERA of 0.00. Zito's next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Padres.
4/17/2013 7:45:00 PM
Description: Giants lefty Barry Zito was shelled for eight hits, two homers and nine runs in 2 2/3 innings Tuesday night against the Brewers.
Insight: Zito didn't allow an earned run over 14 innings in his first two starts, but it all came crashing down Tuesday. Look for the Giants left-hander's ERA to settle somewhere in the 4.10-4.20 range this season.
Hot4/10/2013 7:45:00 PM
Description: Giants lefty Barry Zito has yet to allow a run over his first 14 innings this season. He won his second straight game Wednesday against the Rockies by scattering seven hits over seven innings.
Insight: Zito has an 8/4 K/BB. The lefty got off to a similar start last season, posting a 1.67 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in April, but he eventually regressed to a 4.15 ERA for the season. Zito basically has had the same season in three of the last four years -- 4.03 ERA, 4.31 FIP, 1.35 WHIP in 2009; 4.15 ERA, 4.25 FIP, 1.34 WHIP in 2010, 4.15 ERA, 4.49 FIP, 1.39 WHIP last season.
Hot10/25/2012 10:49:00 AM
Description: Giants lefty Barry Zito's renaissance continued in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday against the Tigers. Zito fired 5 2/3 innings, allowed one run on six hits and fanned three with one walk in an 8-3 win.
Insight: San Francisco's biggest stars in Game 1 -- Zito and Pablo Sandoval -- barely factored into the team's 2010 World Series win. Zito was left off the postseason roster entirely and Sandoval only had 17 at-bats the entire postseason. Zito is now 2-0 with 1.69 ERA in three starts this postseason. He's won nine straight decisions going back to Aug. 7.
10/23/2012 8:26:00 PM
Description: Giants lefty Barry Zito will start Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers.
Insight: Zito wasn't even on the postseason roster in 2010 when San Francisco won it all, but he's a key part of the rotation now with Madison Bumgarner struggling and Tim Lincecum in the bullpen. The veteran is coming off his most memorable performance since joining the Giants -- 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 5 of the NLCS with San Francisco facing elimination.
10/20/2012 9:39:00 AM
Description: Barry Zito turned in perhaps his most memorable outing as a San Francisco Giant Friday night in a huge Game 5 win over St. Louis.
Insight: Zito allowed just six hits and one walk over 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He also had six strikeouts. In terms of pitches thrown (115), this was Zito's longest outing of the season. With the win, the Giants were able to cut the Cardinals' series lead to 3-2. The final two games of the series will be played at AT&T Park back in San Francisco.
10/10/2012 8:39:00 PM
Description: Giants lefthander Barry Zito lasted just 2 2/3 innings Wednesday in his Game 4 start against the Reds.
Insight: Zito walked four batters while giving up two runs over 76 pitches. He also gave up four hits. Zito isn't likely to pitch again unless San Francisco advances to the next round, and even then, Tim Lincecum is probably a better option to pitch during the NLCS.
10/8/2012 8:05:00 PM
Description: San Francisco lefthander Barry Zito will start Wednesday's NLDS Game 4 versus the Reds.
Insight: The Giants had to alter their rotation after using Tim Lincecum in relief on Sunday night. Now Ryan Vogelsong will pitch Game 3 on Tuesday with Zito on the mound Wednesday for Game 4. The Reds lead the series 2-0 so there's a chance the series could already be over before Zito gets another chance to pitch.
9/27/2012 9:20:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Barry Zito was won his last six decisions. He has a 4.02 ERA in 56 innings over 10 starts since he last lost.
Insight: Zito (14-8, 4.19 ERA) is having his best season since joining the Giants six years ago, which isn't saying much.
7/22/2012 5:52:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Barry Zito tossed another quality start Sunday against Philadelphia, but was stuck with a no decision as the game went to extra innings.
Insight: Zito (8-6, 3.75) is pitching better than he has in any of his other five seasons as a Giant, but he's still nothing more than a back-end starter in deeper leagues.
7/17/2012 10:20:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Barry Zito held Atlanta scoreless on three hits over seven innings Monday to improve to 8-6.
Insight: Though Zito dropped his ERA to 3.75 Monday, with a 1.37 WHIP and no strikeout potential the left-hander is nothing more than a back of the rotation starter in deeper mixed leagues.
6/7/2012 11:06:00 PM
Description: Though Barry Zito has gone 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in five starts at home and 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA overall, you're taking a major risk streaming him against Texas Friday.
Insight: Zito's xFIP is 5.01 and his BABIP is .237. Both numbers suggest that Zito has been incredibly lucky this season and that a regression is in order. Also, consider the Texas was held to two runs combined in its three losses to Oakland this week, and it would seem like the top scoring offense in baseball is ready to explode this weekend.
6/3/2012 6:32:00 PM
Description: Barry Zito shut out the Cubs over 8 1/3 four-hit innings on Sunday to improve to 5-2.
Insight: The victory was the 150th of Zito's career. The lefty-hander continues to defy the odds and put together an excellent season (2.98 ERA, 1.25 WHIP). Sabermetrics say that his fortunes will eventually turn, but Zito keeps getting people out.

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