Barry Zito shut out the Colorado Rockies Monday afternoon to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 7-0 win and recording his first shutout in almost nine years. This is not a joke and April Fools' Day was over a week ago.
Giants fans have ridiculed and laughed at Zito for the past few years. They have seen him pitch horrible games and make so many bad wild pitches.
Every season, Zito would say he would get better. He used to tell the media about how he went from doing three pullups to 16 pullups over one offseason thanks to working out with Brian Wilson.
Zito would do yoga as well, but none of that helped him his pitching and the velocity of his fastball declined with each year.
The left-hander got married in the offseason and maybe that helped him relax. Who knows?
If you told me that Zito would pitch a shutout in Coors Field and only allow four hits and not walk a single batter, I would have said you were crazy. Maybe the world is truly ending in 2012 and the Mayan calendar is correct.
What's next? Is Zito going to win 20 games this year and be a Cy Young candidate? The chances of that happening aren't likely, to say the least, but Zito is off to a great start.
Maybe we should all thank former Texas Rangers pitching coach Tom House for altering Zito's mechanics and pitching delivery.
Mr. Zito's next start is against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night in San Francisco. The Pirates offense is not very strong, so Zito has a good chance of doing the unthinkable—going 2-0 and winning consecutive games.
Congratulations to the Giants and Zito for shocking the baseball world Monday.
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