After Brandon Webb showed Brian Sabean what a real Cy Young Award-winning pitcher looks like, Carney Lansford put it thusly:
“He’s a good pitcher, but if you make him get his sinker up you can hit him,” Lansford said. “You have to execute your game plan and not chase so many pitches out of the zone. You just can’t do that. You’ve got to be disciplined against a pitcher like that.”
Asked if it was frustrating to watch, Lansford replied, “It’s depressing, actually, watching some of our at-bats. Hopefully, it gets better.”
Ummmm…. yeah, me too.
And here’s Bonehead, talking about Zito:
“I see progress, I really do. It’s going to get better.”
Bonehead is wrong. It’s not getting better. It is what it is.
Zito, in the 37 starts since he arrived, has learned that the move to the NL hasn’t helped him at all, as some of us (me, included) thought it would. Facing a pitcher instead of a DH hasn’t made a bit of difference, or at least, it hasn’t offset the fact that Zito’s style of pitching seems to work better in the AL, for reasons too obscure for me to observe.
Additionally, as a fastball/curveball pitcher, the loss of velocity on his fastball has him pitching scared all game long, as hitters can lay off the curve, in fact, hitters have no incentive to go after the curve at all, because he can’t get his fastball by anybody. He is, in effect, a batting practice pitcher, with razor-thin margin for error. He is, in fact, a slightly better version of Woody, without the luck. A .500 pitcher, who’ll win when he is absolutely on, and lose if he’s off by justthismuch. Which makes his contract the worst in baseball history.