Baseball’s best or worst Jekyll and Hyde story of the century, pitcher Barry Zito had two completely different careers with the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. Heâs planning a comeback in the 2015 season and before he does you should know these five statistical facts about him.
Oakland versus San Francisco
Here are some of the numbers from Zitoâs time with the Athletics and Giants to give you an idea just how drastically different his career turned:
Oakland: 102-63, 3.55 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
San Francisco: 63-80, 4.62 ERA, 1.43 WHIP
Itâs amazing how one trip across the bay can change a man.
One of Zitoâs biggest weaknesses no matter what uniform he wore was his wildness. His career walks per 9 is currently 3.7. Things got so bad in 2008 when he actually surpassed the 100-walk mark when he issued 102 base on balls.
2002 Cy Young Award Season
Long ago Zito won the 2002 Cy Young Award. That year he was 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA. Zito also finished 13th in the American League MVP voting as he helped lead the Athletics to the postseason.
One thing, even as a member of the Giants, Zito has always been good at is pitching in October. In 10 career starts, Zito is 6-3 with a 2.83 ERA. He has had a few bad starts, but made up for it the last time he appeared in the postseason which just happened to be a victory in the World Series.
Blame Matt Kemp
When he joined the Giants, one player Zito had to face a lot more often was Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers. You canât exactly blame Kemp for everything wrong with Zitoâs career. You can however give Kemp some of the credit as in 60 at-bats, Kemp had a .417 batting average against Zito. Kemp also had 3 home runs and 10 RBIs with a .485 on-base percentage. Facing the Dodgers as often as he did in a Giantsâ uniform, Kemp was the one guy Zito must have really hated facing.