May 14, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito (75) throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Giants Look to Split Series With Rockies, Zito Looks to Bounce Back


 

In 2010 and 2012, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series thanks to superb starting pitching. In 2013, the pitchers haven’t been as good.

Somehow, the Giants’ starting pitchers have combined for a 4.81 ERA. The team is 24-19, but it has lost four of five and isn’t going to keep winning if the pitchers don’t step up. The Colorado Rockies have averaged 7.33 runs per game in this series, and the Rockies have a chance to do more damage against Barry Zito.

Zito twirled a seven-inning gem in his last start against the Rockies, and he is 3-2 with a 2.40 ERA this season. Juan Nicasio, on the other hand, has posted a horrific 5.13 ERA this year. Nicasio was shelled by the Giants in the sixth inning of his only other start against San Francisco, as he gave up four earned runs in five-plus innings.

At Coors Field, in a series with the highest-scoring team and the team with the second-best batting average, it’s unrealistic to expect a pitchers’ duel. Zito hasn’t been great this year, and he likely won’t dominate in today’s game. However, with upcoming series’ against the Nationals, Rockies and A’s, the Giants are going to need a win today.

Can San Francisco accumulate a much-needed win to stay ahead of the Rockies and potentially tie the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks? Find out at 1:10 PM PST, when first pitch is thrown. Then, stay tuned on Golden Gate Sports for complete postgame coverage.

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