That said, why refuse to accept his good outing, especially when the rest of the rotation krapped the bed?
Giving him his due for the day DOES NOT automatically erase or predict anything, except for those who live in fantasy land - and for them, caviat emptor.
I don't think anybody above the age of 12 on this board has any illusions that Zito has suddenly turned things around after five seasons of wallowing in decline.
He has always had the ability to throw a gem, and, in fact, he's had a couple each of his lousy past seasons. Two years ago I believe he actually strung together three strong outings in a row. It never lasts.
Well.. keep this in mind that it was the 1st CG shutout for a Giants in Coors field. It's not easy to do a CGS let alone in Coors Field.
Zito gave credit to Hector... i dunno, maybe they got somethng going. One can only hope Zito keeps it up... but yah, a 85mph fastball is not too scary.
If you throw a complete game shutout, then you are not garbage. Zito has stopped relying on all his secondary pitches (eg curve, slider, change up, etc.) to win games, and that's why he had one good outing. Remember that Zito doesn't have a 90-91 mph fastball anymore like he did as a young lad on the A's. He needs to have "good stuff" (eg fastball, curve, change up, slider) working and mix it up, so opposing lineups can't sit on his curve or 83-86 mph meatball, and Giants fans have to watch him do BP in another regular season game like he's done so often the last 5 seasons.
Forget the I told you so stuff and hope he does well, so the Giants can trade him to a big market team willing to pay the remaining portion of his horrible, bloated contract. In addition, I don't advise you listen to homers like Krukow talk about all the lack of run support, because that was not Zito's problem as a Giant (see above).
"Zito has stopped relying on all his secondary pitches (eg curve, slider, change up, etc.) to win games, and that's why he had one good outing."
Explain the 17 ER's and 7.91 ERA in Spring...
"<WTF is "hood-winked" anyways? Is that some old tyme saying or something? "
I think it's referring to the famous rainbow unicorn?!!