Barry Zito Done? Sunday Listed As TBA

By Matt Cowlishaw

Barry Zito blew up on the road again, this time in Philadelphia lasting only 3.1 innings while giving up 5 hits, 4ER, 2BB, 2K’s, 1 hit batter, and a 2 run HR to Carlos Ruiz.  He threw 82 pitches, including 45 in the 1st inning.

Jul 30, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito (75) walks off the field after being relieved during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Giants 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Yep, it was another road start – where officially Zito has gone 0-7 with a 9.50 ERA.  If you take out his “road” start at AT&T Park in the doubleheader against Cincinnati, that ERA rises to 9.97.  Either way, he hasn’t been good.

Unlike last season when the Giants couldn’t lose a Zito start, every time he takes the hill on the road this season it’s been an automatic loss.  Something had to be done, and it appears something has.

San Francisco has listed the starters for the next road series at Tampa Bay – Zito’s spot marked TBA.  So it will be Bumgarner, Lincecum, then a mystery starter.

The few logical options are the newly acquired Guillermo Moscoso or another call up of the Surkamp or Kickham variety. After this Sunday start, Ryan Vogelsong should be back if his rehab continues to go well (Check his progress here).  That leaves Zito as the odd man out with a rotation of Bumgarner, Cain, Lincecum, Vogelsong, and Gaudin.

It’s unclear what will happen to Zito at this point:  going to the bullpen, only making home starts, and being designated for assignment (not likely) are some options for the veteran lefty.

Tuesday could have been the last time we see Barry Zito start for the San Francisco Giants.