Barry Zito has had one of the most storied MLB careers in the history of the season and it all came to a pinnacle last year when after a 16-win season he won his first career World Series. The San Francisco Giants didn’t even put Zito on the playoff roster the last time they reached the Fall Classic but, in 2012 the Giants wouldn’t have won without Zito.
The Giants are hoping that Zito’s two postseason wins and 14.6 innings of just three earned runs are going to transfer into 2013. At 34-years-old Zito is looking for his just his second winning season since 2006. I believe that the monstrous contract Zito signed in 2007 which was worth $127M, has held him back in years prior as he feels he hasn’t lived up to team expectations–which he hasn’t.
Moving forward this World Series ring may ease the transition for Zito to get back to the player that he was while with the Oakland Athletics.
Although Zito may have hit his ceiling this postseason the Giant faithful have to be hopeful that they can solidify a staff that is already geared up to be one of the best in the league. Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum headline a rotation that was pedestrian during the regular reason, but turned it on later in the year and the postseason.
I doubt that Zito can return to Cy Young form, however he is better than the 4.47 ERA as a member of the Giants shows and will continue to turn things around in 2013.