#TerribleTuesday: Zito & Kieschnick

By Melissa Felkins

Terrible Tuesday: Worst performers of the past week goes to Barry Zito and Roger Kieschnick.

Aug 21, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito (75) pitches the ball against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at ATPitching 

I hate to kick a dog while he’s down, but Zito was horrendous this past week. In two starts, Zito had 2 losses, a 12.91 ERA, and only pitched 7.2 innings. He gave up 11 earned runs and 3 home runs. These are all of the many reason we’re seeing Zito pitch his last few games ever in a Giants uniform. In fact, if it weren’t for Chad Gaudin and Matt Cain being on the DL, he’d likely still be sitting on the bench, waiting for the season to end.

Listen, I respect Zito as much as the next person for what he did last season. I even respect him for sticking things out during his tough times in San Francisco with barely mediocre pitching. But what Zito has done this year, particular on the road, is frightening. I’d be flabbergasted to see him pitch in a Giants uniform after the end of September, and wouldn’t be surprised if we never saw him pitch again. I’m sure someone will take him on, but if no one does, could you blame them?


Aug 27, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Roger Kieschnick (22) during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Kieschnick is young. I get that much. He’s not a big league player yet and I know he’s only filling in due to the current state of our team. That said, last week was horrible for him. He played in 7 games last week, and had 15 at-bats. In that time he hit a measly .067 with a .176 on-base percentage. Basically he got 1 hit all week long. Granted, that one hit was an RBI single, giving the Giants their only run in the 3-1 loss to the Pirates on Friday night. Still, .067 average just isn’t going to cut it in the bigs.