sammyfan711 wrote:I'm surprised ZitoIsGod hasn't chimed in yet. I've always preferred NL pitchers anyway and Barry doesn't strike out enough hitters for me.
Believe it or not, Zito's K's are up this year. He is getting 7.20 K's/9 which is way up from last season's 5.67
That is the major case everyone presents when claiming zito is in a decline, LBKJackal im sure will be along shortly to remind me that zito's k rate has been going down, i saved u the truoble lb
Anyways there are numerous reasons why zito is going to be just fine. In every category but K/9 last season he performed the same if not better. Zito is off to a tough start in 2004, he had 6 starts in a row against the loaded rangers, angels, and yankees
you find me a pitcher who could be dominate for 6 starts vs those 3 loaded offense's, u wont.
The fact alone that zito's k's are back up is reason enough to realise that he will continue to imrove.
Stick w/ him, he is a top 15 starter.
Zito has never really been declining, last year he gave up the same number of BB, hits and opponets hit the same agaisnt him. He simply had a lot of bad luck and poor run support.