Zito to be huge challenge for Red Sox

Originally Published: May 11, 2005
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

• 1:05 p.m. ET: The Red Sox will become the latest team to learn that Barry Zito of Oakland is throwing a lot better than his statistics might indicate; David Ortiz will get a first-hand look at the slider Zito has been throwing to lefties. Matt Clement throws for Boston in what should be a good game.

Barry Zito
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• 2:20 p.m. ET: Victor Zambrano probably needs to pitch well to lock up his spot in the Mets' rotation in this game in Chicago. Mark Prior will be on the mound for the Cubs.

• 3:05 p.m. ET: Johan Santana tries to create a new winning streak in Baltimore; he's got one in a row and will try to get No. 2 against Sidney Ponson.

• 3:05 p.m. ET: The Hitter Most Likely To Go Deep will be in Colorado -- big surprise. Adam LaRoche will get some nice, long looks at the offerings of Byung-Hyun Kim of the Rockies.

• 7:05 p.m. ET: The Pitching Matchup of the Day will be in Florida -- and it's also the Reverse Lock of the Day. Dontrelle Willis has been giving up about one run a game and never loses, and Houston manages about one run a week, so all logic suggests a Florida victory. But Roy Oswalt is pitching for the Astros.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Tuesday
The Good
Roy Halladay tossed a complete-game eight-hitter in the Blue Jays' 3-1 win over the Royals. Halladay didn't walk a batter and threw just 97 pitches, 63 for strikes.

The Bad
The Padres had 12 hits but scored only one run in their 5-1 loss to the Reds. San Diego stranded nine runners on base, including five in the final three innings.

The Ugly
The Mets managed just three hits -- all singles -- in their 7-0 loss to the Cubs. The first six batters in the Mets' lineup went a combined 0-for-22 with two walks.

Buster Olney is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. His book, "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty," is available in paperback and can be ordered through HarperCollins.com.

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