Tuesday, April 04, 2006

New York Yankees

Was that any way to treat your 2007-2011 #2 starter?

The horrible appearance by Barry Zito is a cautionary lesson in protecting full-valued pitchers.

While an 0-13 starter by an equally-full-valued hitter causes little discomfort, one bad outing by the equally-full-valued pitcher brings on a major case of agita.

The only consolation is that every pitcher has an appearance like Zito's one last night. Just tell yourself you had yours already.

(Recall John Smotlz' opening day line last season (1.2 IP 6 ER 8 runners) and his final numbers (229.2 IP 3.06 ERA and 1.15 WHIP)

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