I think it was the right choice, so Zito can get the proper sendoff that he deserves for his accomplishments last year that led to the 2012 World Series championship.
It was also the right choice to “reward” Bumgarner by protecting him and giving him a rest. He’s been stellar this year, and his performances would have translated to a lot more wins if the bats behind him gave him more run support. He’s a young rising star lefty who will be the Giants ace one day. Some say he’s the ace right now, so by that it was smart by Bochy to conserve him for next year.
Zito’s blue counterpart will be Ricky Nolasco (13-10, 3.55 ERA)
Here are the bats they’ll both be pitching to:
For the Giants:
Tonight’s #SFGiants lineup – Pagan CF, Blanco LF, Belt 1B, Posey C, Pence RF, Sandoval 3B, Crawford SS, Abreu 2B and Zito LHP
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) September 25, 2013
For the Dodgers:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 25, 2013