Barry Zito talks frequently about the importance of pounding the strike zone, not fearing the…
Zito Looking For Consistency
Zito's first, third and fifth starts: 14 1/3 innings, 16 hits, 17 runs, 10 walks, 14 strikeouts.
Zito's second, fourth and sixth starts: 20 2/3 innings, nine hits, one run, six walks, 13 strikeouts.
"I've been two different pitchers this year," Zito said.
"I want this guy to stay. I need to hold them down. It's very important the starters pick up the slack."
A consistent Zito is needed, even more than usual, with Rich Harden and Esteban Loaiza on the disabled list. Brad Halsey starts Tuesday, and Kirk Saarloos likely will start Thursday.
"You never want to lose guys to injuries," A's assistant general manager David Forst said.
"But when we put the club together in the winter, we built it with guys capable of filling in. We've got at least four guys in the bullpen who have started major league games and are fully capable."
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