But get this: there are several other major-league starters whose numbers are just about as bad. Of course, few of them are being pilloried in the way Zito is because their contracts aren't quite as eye-popping. Still, here's a multi-million dollar Hall of Shame among starting pitchers, complete with links to their full stats:
- Brad Penny, Dodgers (same ERA as Zito)
- Miguel Batista, Mariners (an even more dreadful 6.09 ERA and a WHIP--walks plus hits per inning pitched--number higher than Zito's)
- Brett Tomko, Royals (so what else is new?)
- Brett Myers, Phillies (he's already given up 20 home runs!)
I could go on. And I didn't even mention poor Dontrelle Willis, who signed a fat deal with the Tigers, got hurt, pitched badly, and was shipped off to Class A ball to see if he could do something about his 10.32 ERA.
Barry, you're not great this year, but you're not alone.