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Although it sounds like something you would hear in little league, the biggest reason Barry Zito will revive his career is because he has loosened up and is having more fun.
If you are skeptical, look no further than the Tim Lincecum of 2010. He hit a bit of a rut in early August and decided it was time to make some changes.
After a couple of tries at making both mechanical and mental adjustments, Lincecum threw everything out the window and went back to what he knows works for him.
The difference was night and day. In August he went 0-5 with a 7.82 ERA, and in September, he rebounded to go 5-1 with a 1.94 ERA.
Granted, Barry Zito's August has been four years. It's a little more than a temporary funk.
But let's put it all in perspective. For the first two years of his contract, Zito was expected to save the struggling Giants franchise and take the team to the playoffs, all by himself.
Watching Zito talk to himself on the mound, you can tell he's a thinker. It's unsurprising the weight of pressure and expectations brought him down.
Now the pressure is gone. San Francisco won the World Series without him even on the roster, and most fans think of him as the weak link of a star-studded rotation.
According to Mlb.com, Bruce Bochy has noticed a renewed focus and a better attitude from Zito since his return from the DL.
Zito attributes the change to being around minor league guys who play with such joy, even without all the amenities of the major leagues. Zito says the experience has given him perspective and helped him to relax and enjoy the game.
It sounds like Zito's sprained foot is the best thing that's happened to him in four years in San Francisco. A strong second half looks to be in store for the embattled southpaw.