Jul 12 A's starter Barry Zito pitched well against the Indians on Sunday, but not good enough to notch his first win in his last six outings. Zito gave up only two earned runs, but he walked four, got no run support, threw a season-high 123 pitches in seven innings, and fell to 4-7 on the year. "Pitching well is not cutting it anymore," he told the Oakland Tribune. "Sucking up losses is not the result I want. I have to get better and make better pitches." The loss capped off a tough week for Zito, after he was shelled in Boston on Wednesday and was the subject of a barrage of criticism and trade rumors in Bay Area papers.
Views: This typically wouldn't constitute good news for Zito's fantasy owners, but the All-Star break could not have come at a better time. First, he'll get to take some time off and clear his head. Second, he has traditionally been one of baseball's best second-half hurlers. After the break, he has a 36-14 career record, and ranks first among all major league starters in ERA (2.54) and opponents' batting average (.199). If you're hurting for starters, it's definitely worth low-balling Zito's owner, as he's probably fed up with his lackluster record, 4.47 ERA, and 1.57 WHIP. He's definitely worth adding if you can get him at a severe discount.