Barry Zito has had a very interesting career. Zito won 47 games over the first three years of his career for the Oakland Athletics before going across the bay to the San Francisco Giants, where he had a terrible first four seasons for the Giants before rebounding to finish 15-8 in 2012.
The 2013 season has started even better for Zito, as he is 2-0 over 14 scoreless innings. It looks like Zito will finally live up to his huge contract.
Zito finally got to pitch in the postseason last season and was dominant during his three starts. I really didn’t believe that Zito would ever go back to being the pitcher that he was in Oakland, but have been proven wrong over the past two seasons.
Zito seems to be getting back on track as he approaches 35 years of age. I don’t know how many years he has left, but he could be on his way to leading the Giants towards their third championship in the last four years.
The biggest story for me the rest of this season will be whether Zito can get back to a level where he could win 20 games. The first two starts are showing that it is very possible for the big left-hander. Zito is also pitching this season for a new contract this year, as the team has a $7 million buyout for next season, and that option will vest if Zito hits 200 innings this season.
It is quite likely that Zito will pull that off. It is either going to be $18 million next season for Zito, or another big contract.