Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Zito Giving Giants a Glimmer of Hope

Barry Zito improved his record to 5-12 Tuesday, beating the Nationals and picking up his second win at home this year.  Zito won his second consecutive decision for the first time this season.  Striking out five and scattering seven hits over six innings, Zito is finally beginning to quiet the boo-birds that dogged him during his horrendous start this season.  With the Giants on the hook for another 5 years at $101.5 million, the team's fan base is desperately looking for reasons to cheer their $126 million man.  After starting the season 0-8, his 5-4 record and sub-5 ERA since are reasons to believe that, although he will likely never live up to his monster contract, he at least has the ability to provide San Francisco with a rotation-worthy starter for the foreseeable future.