The interleague schedule kicks off this weekend as the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s renew their Bay Bridge rivalry at AT&T Park starting today.
Both teams find themselves in similar situations, hovering around .500 and in second place in their respective divisions.
Barry Zito will get the start against the team he played for when he won the AL Cy Young award in 2002. He has a 1-4 record and 7.24 ERA against them since joining the Giants.
“I haven’t even played with any of the guys over there at this point, five, six years out,” he said of facing his former club. “It still has that familiar feeling and I just want to go out there and have a good showing.”
Zito said the rowdy culture he experienced with Oakland seems to have followed him across the Bay since.
“In the last couple years, this place is bursting with personality,” he said. “It’s kind of funny how it kind of moved sides.”
Zito said the contrast between the NL and AL was not as apparent as he expected before switching over before the 2007
“Danny Haren and I would always talk about that when we were on the other side,” he said. “We thought in the NL they were just throwing 2-0 heaters all the time, but I didn’t really notice a difference.”
Rookie Jarrod Parker will get the start for the A’s, coming off his first loss of the season. He is 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA in four starts since making his first appearance on April 25.
The teams split the series last year, with each team sweeping the other at their home ballpark.