100 Words: Barry Zito

Here's a question that needs to be answered: what is wrong with Zito? So far his spring stats read: 12.2 IP, 21 H, 10 BB, 0 K. Using Fangraphs I looked up his velocity numbers, and to some surprise - or perhaps not - found that his fastball speed has dropped three straight years, from 87.3 MPH in 05, to 85.8 in 06 to 84.5 last year, and he's averaging over 3,500 pitches, which as GOTOS has shown us, is almost always a death blow to pitchers. Not to speculate too much, but does Zito have an arm problem?

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