MLB San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants Need Barry Zito to Step Up

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

2013 hasn’t been the most successful year so far for the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

San Francisco was just 29-25 going into Friday’s play after getting a win behind Barry Zito on Thursday, ansd has now won 13 straight regular season home games when Zito has started, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Zito is having another typical year with a 3.88 ERA and a 4-3 record. Those numbers are right around his normal averages so he is pitching to the norm, but the Giants are going to need one of their starters to step up and be the dominant one.

Madison Bumgarner has a 3.13 ERA, but there are no other Giants starters with an ERA under 5.00 besides Zito and Bumgarner. That isn’t going to win another championship.

If Zito can continue to pitch like he does at home and the team keeps winning there, San Francisco will be alright. But, I think he needs to go on a nice, long winning streak. It could take 15-18 wins out of Zito this season for the team to get back to the playoffs with a struggling staff.

I feel that the team has hit a crossroads with their pitching, especially with the struggles of Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum this season. It will take a veteran like Zito to take this team back to their championship level.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.