Barry Zito was brought in to San Francisco to anchor a San Francisco pitching staff that had some young pitchers on the horizon. Of course, the 2006 season was where Matt Cain made his MLB debut and made 7 starts. Zito was to be the number one starter on a staff that had yet to see Jonathan Sanchez, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and even Brian Wilson to some extent. Signing a 7 year, $126 million contract for a pitcher is something difficult to live up to. And it is hard to make a case Zito has lived up to the contract.
In the Giants case, the building up of the young pitching staff had more to do with the 2010 World Series Championship than Zito, who did not pitch in the entire postseason. Zito was a model of consistency in Oakland, averaging well over 200 IP in his 6 full seasons with the Athletics. His first two seasons with the Giants, he had consecutive career highs in losses (13, 17) and ERA (4.53, 5.15) with a decr