No, you haven't stumble upon a post from 2002 — it's 2013 and we're talking about Barry Zito, who is, statistically speaking, at this very early juncture, one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Did anybody ever think they'd be reading that sentence again? Zito's pitching in recent years had come second to him being a punchline for players paid far too much. We don't want to say "Zito's back" — because he's 35 and as his curveball breaks, so does he — but it's hard to dismiss what he's been doing lately.
Zito was great again on Wednesday, throwing seven shutout innings in the San Francisco Giants' 10-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. He threw seven scoreless in a 1-0 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in his first start too.
He's carrying around a 0.00 ERA right now and this fun fact: The Giants have won the last 16 games he's started, dating back to last August. Zito himself has gotten the W in his last seven regular season starts, plus two of three postseason games. The other was a no-decision.Read More »from All hail Barry Zito, winner of games, hitter of balls, hero of men