I could argue Zito would have" outdueled and beat Jason Schmidt Friday night. Zito allowed 1ER in 7IP, Schmidt 2ER thru 8IP (4ER thru 8.1).
Had that error not occured, zito would have gotten a double play inning over play, it would have saved him the 20 pitches or so he threw in the rest of the inning when he gave up the 2 HR's.
From innings 2-7 he pitched wonderfully, allowing just 1ER and getting BONDS to fly out twice. I sat in my seat watching my favorite A's player duel the best player in the game with 2 men on and Zito got Bonds down 0-2, Bonds got the count back to 3-2, and after one of the better superstar vs superstar AB's I have seen in person in a while Zito got the older Barry o fly out.
If you look at Zito game by game, Im going to break it down.
You want to know why Zito had a poort april
he faced in order TEX, TEX, ANA, ANA, NYY, NYY
He got the angels at full health, the rangers at their hot start, and the yanks when they woke up. Even Jason Schmidt and The Unit would not have a pretty month facing those 3 teams back to back 3 times. Who in hell starts the year off with 6 straight starts against 3 of the best hitting teams?
Then in May he did much better
1-0 (no run support)
Then in June Zito got to face AT THE TIME
the 1st place Reds (loaded lineup)
the 1st place Cardinals (loaded lineup)
the surging Cubs
the 1st place and ON FIRE Giants
While his fellow teammates Mulder & Hudson got to pitch against the Freakin Pirates. Not to mention while Zito was going against Anaheim and NYY and Texas back to back to back to back to back and so on Mulder & Hudson each got 2 starts vs the loley Mariners. WHY THE HELL DIDNT BARRY GET A COUPLE STARTS VS THE M's..................jesus christ. And on top of that, when he does pitch he either gets no run support, poor bullpen help lack there of, or his defense screws him over (ala Fri nite vs SF), then vs the cubs Dye (gold glover) looses the ball in the sun causing a some ER that wouldn't have happen had he caught the freakin ball.
I honestly think Barry Zito has had the worst luck in matchups and scheduling then any pitcher in the bigs.
In the 2nd half of the season, Barry is going to be lights out.
before the Break: 3.91 ERA
after the break: 2.54 ERA
Definiton of a 2nd half pitcher + easier schedule + a closer in dotel + the return of Gold gloving slugger Eric Chavez not to mention the A's as whole ALWAYS play the best in the 2nd half
Barry Zito 2nd Half Stud
Drop him if you want
Trade him for Matt Riley if you can
Survive your league once he starts rolling, you won't.
and i will be here to shove down everyone's throat, ESPECIALLY LBJACKAL