The baseball season continues to roll along and teams are starting to get into a rhythm. As I’ve mentioned probably half a dozen times, you can’t put too much stock in how teams are playing early – it’s a long baseball season. But with each passing day and each passing game, teams are beginning to be what they’re going to be. Sure, you’ll have some teams that started off hot that will fade and other teams will make a run after a slow start but most of the teams are what they’re going to be after 20-25 games. And that 20-25 game threshold is quickly approaching.
The San Francisco Giants hope the Barry Zito they saw on Monday is the Zito he’s going to be the rest of the season and seasons beyond. After coming to the Giants from across the Bay in Oakland, Barry Zito was expected to be one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball. That’s why the Giants signed him to a record contract – $126 million over seven years.
In his first couple starts Zito didn’t come close to being worthy of that kind of money. He was 0-2 with an Earned Run Average of well over 8. But on Monday Zito was dominant on the mound against the Colorado Rockies.
Zito allowed no runs and only 4 hits in six innings pitched. In fact, Zito had a perfect game going through the first 3 2/3 innings but then gave-up a walk. He lost his no-hitter to the next batter when Todd Helton singled.
Zito seemed more relaxed on the mound and also had much better command of his fast ball. The bullpen pitched effectively too. Together Zito and the bullpen helped the Giants to an 8-0 victory.
Elsewhere, the Washington Nationals earned their second straight victory over the Atlanta Braves. Matt Chico pitched very well in helping the Nationals to a 5-1 win. The defeat was the first road loss for the Braves this season.
Also, on Monday the Boston Red Sox continued to roll. They’ve now won 3 straight games. On Monday Josh Beckett improved to 3-0 on the season as the Red Sox beat the Angels 7-2. Beckett’s ERA so far this season is an impressive 1.50.
On Tuesday there will be a full docket of games.
One of the more interesting games will be the Cleveland Indians against the New York Yankees. The Yankees are many people’s choice to win the World Series but they already trail the Red Sox by 2 games in the American League East. The Yankees are just 1 game out of last place in the division. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians are tied for first in the American League Central. It will be interesting to see if they can keep-up their winning ways against a Yankee team that knows it’s still early but never wants to fall to last place.