Seated at AT&T Park, I watched as Tim Lincecum turned-in his latest disaster on the mound. More worrisome than the hits were how erratically he allowed them.
In the first inning it was three walks, the second three strikeouts.
By the time a booming Josh Hamilton double made the score 5-0 in favor of not the Giants, I turned to my friend and said the impossible:
“At least we still have Barry Zito.”
At earlier junctures in Zito’s tenure (read: all junctures prior to 2012), this statement would serve as a respite, a bit of levity to lighten a dour mood while simultaneously commenting on the futility of the Giants perennial fifth starter.
Of course we still had Zito. That, in fact, was the problem.
But something is happening this season, and it’s the kind of subtle magic that doesn’t lend itself to acronym statistics—although we will employ ...
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