Here is the opening to my Tuesday column about Barry Zito and the Giants:

CINCINNATI — As the sun set over Great American Ballpark on Monday, the discussion between Giants manager Bruce Bochy and the media was 100 percent hypothetical.

Try to follow this. If the Giants do not get eliminated from the Division Series when Ryan Vogelsong gets the start in Game 3, then Barry Zito will pitch Game 4 on Wednesday night, another elimination game. When you are down 2-zip in a best-of-five series, every game is an elimination game. This discussion about Zito and Game 4 is hypothetical because, if the Giants lose Game 3, Game 4 never will happen.

To read the full column, click here.