Zito: 'Extra pressure is not going to help anybody'
Barry Zito says a strong first inning was the key to his impressive outing against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
We've got Barry Zito downstairs and Mike in the starting pitcher who throws as well. There's very few suited I think your former starting -- -- this the effort -- well very personal specialists that message out today thanks. It's one of the problems you've had this year is the first inning is that really what has been your Achilles heel tonight you -- about establish the strike zone. Early on it it really is that was all your pitches early what were you thinking at the pulpit going into the first today. You know just be aggressive I mean you know this is. It's been a tough par four over the past so. You know -- good to come out the first inning and you know set the tone and get the but the pressure on them don't starts -- -- didn't have an easy strike -- tonight he got so you'll be diplomatic at this but I thought that Jordan baker who played it was very tight. Yeah I mean actually had a -- -- ourselves a little familiar rhythm and you know that type corner was I think that was that was tough courts and I put I thought it called again. You know my coach talks about your secondary pitches in one of the pitches you threw a lot today it was a cutter that was working toward. Yet the cutter middle of the few kind of -- him but for the most part it was pretty effective. You know and it keeps us guys conscious of the can't go about it now. Well you got right back in the win column after last night's losses -- put extra pressure yourself what you're. This part of the season today you've always had a great reputation for music and a guy you put extra pressure yourself with your team has lost before your start. On me extra pressure is not gonna help anybody you know just going out there being yourself just yourself. You know work of his pitch all the fundamentals. When you could stay right there you know these are gonna and a three years ago. It helps if you get a three run home run in the first inning doesn't it yet definitely. -- takes pressure off a little bit and after that is about. Pound the zone and put the pressure on the the offense the Cardinals and it looked like he had yet to go on -- poster behind the plate. Yes it definitely you know pretty comfortable buster have worked in the whole lot this year but. You know it's important that we it's and it was under our belt going on the -- will tell us what you're hoping that I thought it was good. -- bullpen was outstanding you know -- came in that situation. You know. -- were to walk and hit my back got Holliday out. You know after that it was just stuff that we're used to you know Ramon. It's come back -- up couple rough -- last weekend you know I felt was it was announced tonight he really effort so we'll congratulations good win. These guys all right Barry Zito stuff but.