Barry diamonds: home invasions.
I guess what I’m saying is that if you caught the Giants’ decision-makers—or their fans—in an honest moment going into the season and asked them to rank which of their starting options they’d like to have on the mound in a must-win game in October, Zito would rank on that list about where he’d rank if you asked them to list their starters alphabetically by last name.
You get the idea.
But we are in an environment where substance trumps statistics, where reality is never in line with reason. And we are, therefore, in an NL Championship Series in which Zito just rescued the Giants’ season with 7 2/3 shutout innings in a 5-0 victory in Game 5 on Friday night at Busch Stadium—easily his best performance in their uniform and arguably the best performance of his career.
“Pretty good for an Italian boy,” said pitching coach Dave Righetti, and it takes one to know one.
This, indeed, was a “buona sera” for San Francisco—and Joe DiMaggio’s domain is precisely where this series is shifting for Game 6.
The Giants love their outlook for Game 6 and, if they force it, Game 7. Because now they’ve got a rested Ryan Vogelsong, coming off a splendid start in Game 2, and staff ace Matt Cain on tap to potentially send them to the World Series.
To get to that point, though, they needed Zito to do what Tim Lincecum could not—exceed expectation, plain and simple.
Posted: October 20, 2012 at 06:04 AM | 30 comment(s)
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