Is Barry Zito Back? I Think So!

Shamus StaffordCorrespondent IApril 28, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 10:  Barry Zito #75 of the San Francisco Giants deals against the New York Mets on July 10, 2008 at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Giants 7-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Two years ago, Barry Zito signed a seven-year, $126 million ar contract that set a record and turned some heads.

Two years later, Giants fans are up in arms and are calling it a great bust and rightfully so. 

Barry Zito's first two years in the orange and black have been rough to say the least. In 2007, he went 11-13 with a 4.53 ERA, and in 2008 he went 10-17 with a 5.15 ERA. This is not what the Giants had in mind when they signed Barry Zito.

Sure, the guy didn't get the same run support and that clown Armando Benitez blew some wins for him, but his velocity was down and he had lost command of his curveball.

The start of the 2009 season appeared to be the start of another blunder. After his first two starts, he had a 10.00 ERA.

He was on the fast track to a third failing season, but it was his third start that made a statement. He threw seven scoreless innings and the Giants ended up winning on Bengie Molina's 10th-inning drive.

Tonight was a big game for Zito. I know he didn't get the win and he gave up four runs in the seventh inning, but up to that point he had been brilliant. The seventh inning balk was the start of what would be the snowball effect.

After Zito gave up that home run to Casey Blake, Bruce Bochy should have went to the bullpen. Zito was fatigued and Bochy should have went to Howry or Affeldt.

Zito had 13 scoreless innings pitched until the seventh inning of tonight's game. That is a great stride compared to what we have been seeing from Zito the last few seasons. I am all of a sudden optimistic.

From the ashes of the last two seasons that have been failures, Barry Zito is looking like he is going to "Rise like the Phoenix." He has two no-decisions that should be wins.

He Better....I have $100 bet that he will win 15 games this year.