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Some Giants fans would have a problem with Barry Zito pitching in the playoffs. Others would love it.
Zito has done everything in his power to earn a spot in the Giants' playoff rotation, as he is 13-8 with a 4.18 ERA. He's been at his best in September, and the Giants have won his last nine starts. During that span, he is 5-0 with a 3.96 ERA.
He has playoff experience, and he is a former Cy Young winner. So, he should have Bochy's trust.
Unlike Ryan Vogelsong, the other competitor for the final spot in the playoff rotation, Zito has been at his best with the pressure elevated. Vogelsong has folded and lumbered through innings, while Zito has been consistent.
It's hard to leave a guy with as good of a story as Vogelsong out of the rotation, but it's even harder to leave a guy who has won his last five decisions and guided his team to wins in his last nine starts out. And there's no way Cain, Lincecum or Bumgarner will be left out.
Vogelsong has decent stuff, but when Zito is effectively using and locating his curveball, he is unhittable, especially to left-handed hitters. He is filthy when he's on his game, and his consistency is much improved. Because of his recent success, I see Zito as an easy choice to fill out the Giants' playoff rotation.
He would probably start one game at home and one on the road if the Giants make it to the World Series. Zito has shown that he can pitch well in any ballpark, although I'm sure he would love pitching at home. However, he is capable of winning a game for the Giants anywhere.
This article was originally posted on Golden Gate Sports.