Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Originally posted by Niners99:
Originally posted by redrathman:
Originally posted by Rubberneck36:
It is funny how Zito went from hated to loved over the last year-Ish. He isn't just winning, but his command is great and he is hitting. I used to be a Zito booer, now I just root for his ass and the story of it. Really cool.
I just got done watching it off DVR. Great win. Everybody was hitting.
I really have a hard time believing Zito is pitching well because he's relaxed.
He's going to pitch over 200 innings and trigger his option. He's pitching for $11,000,000.
lol are you actually suggesting that he just started putting forth the effort to do well because he wants to earn a little more cash next season?
Something changed, which has allowed him to control his pitches. Its not a matter of trying harder for a bonus.
Its not just the command although that is huge. He developed the cutter and has much more movement that he had a couple of years ago. With more movement on his pitches and better control he has become a true pitcher. Lincecum should learn from him.
My thoughts exactly... I was hoping Lincecum spent time redefining himself during the offseason, but he's practically the same pitcher.
In order to be successful, a pitcher should have at least 2/3 things: velocity, movement and accuracy. Zito, for example, has learned how to put movement on his fastball and he's able to locate his pitches. Lincecum, on the other hand, has movement, but his velocity is down and he has ZERO accuracy, hence why he sucks now.
It's obviously not that simple, but it does make sense.