Originally written April 10, 2012 on Rumors and Rants:
Back when “Moneyball” was just a book, Barry Zito was a good pitcher. A lot of things have happened since that time, especially in the form of earned runs, hits and walks issued by Zito. But on Monday, Old Barry Zito unexpectedly returned to the mound for the Giants at Coors Field. Zito pitched his first shutout since April 18, 2003 in leading the Giants to a 4-0 win over the Rockies, snapping a string of 274 consecutive starts between shutouts. Unsurprisingly, Zito’s streak between shutouts is the longest in baseball history — most guys don’t get a chance to go that many starts without one before getting jettisoned. However, since the Giants signed Zito to an albatross seven-year, $126 million contract in 2007 that option has never been exercised. Zito has never had a winning record in his time with San Francisco, but he finally pitched like the guy the Giants imagined they were getting in throwing the first shutout by any visitor to Coors since 2008. Are we witnessing a career res...
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