The Philadelphia Phillies clinched a series win Tuesday night, but look to get greedy on Wednesday as they go for the sweep of the San Francisco Giants.
After garnering some mediocre starting pitching on Monday and Tuesday, Barry Zito, who’s 3-3 with a 4.60 ERA in seven career starts against Philadelphia, will look to change that trend.
Miserable and inconsistent starting pitching has been an ongoing trend since the outset of the season. More attention is only being shined on it because their offense hasn’t been able to come back as frequently as they had been to start the season.
So, the Giants turn to Zito.
Zito enters Wednesday with a 3-1 record and 3.06 ERA. He surrendered just one run to the Los Angeles Dodgers over five innings Friday after logging just 3.2 innings against the San Diego Padres in his previous outing. Still, he wasn’t been on the hook for either decisions.
The Phillies will counter with Jonathan Pettibone, who will be making just his fourth major league start. In 16.2 innings (three starts), Pettibone has compiled a 3.24 ERA. But the Phillies are 3-0 in all three of his starts.
Much is still unknown about Pettibone, but he’s a fastball-change-up type pitcher. His fastball sits in the low 90’s, and he throws it 63 percent of the time. His change-up, which he throws about 16 percent of the time, is his second-best off-speed pitch.
- Michael Young, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley all own career homers off Zito. John Mayberry has hit three off him in just six at-bats
- Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford entered Tuesday night’s game in a combined 3-for-48 slump. They both picked up hits.