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08:17 AM ET 07.08 | While some ponder the degrees to which someone can be "back," Barry Zito is certainly more effective. All we know for certain is that the guy is back from the disabled list, and from the month-long rehab stint in the minors that he insists did wonders for his baseball soul. It's obviously done wonders for his pitching, too, and Thursday night was the seventh consecutive example of such -- if you're willing to include the quartet of starts he made in the bus leagues before this trio of triumphant turns in the rotation for the big boys. You've heard the reasons for Zito's dramatic turnaround many times by now, here and in other places. Chief among them is that he's dumped the slider that changed his arm slot and wreaked havoc on his command.

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July 8, 2011  09:24 AM ET

Barry looks like he's going to grab an AK and take care of those booing fans in that photo...

July 8, 2011  10:06 AM ET

How many years are left on his contract?

July 8, 2011  10:13 AM ET
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Hopefully he reels off a dozen good starts and they can trade him for a hitter. The Giants don't need 6 starters, all of whom have a sub- 3.90 ERA.

Barry is a good second half pitcher but finding a team that wants to take on his $18.5 mill contract is going to be tough, especially when the market for arms is not as hot as bats this year.

July 8, 2011  10:25 AM ET

He looks like Jared Lee Loughner with a beard in that picture. Too soon? Just sayin...

July 8, 2011  10:33 AM ET
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Hopefully he reels off a dozen good starts and they can trade him for a hitter. The Giants don't need 6 starters, all of whom have a sub- 3.90 ERA.

Zito's contract is it's own "No Trade" clause. Unless the Giants pick up the bulk of it, he's going nowhere.

July 8, 2011  12:08 PM ET

He's got that look on his face of "I've got my money" lol.

July 8, 2011  12:23 PM ET
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How many years are left on his contract?

i think 2 more after this season

July 8, 2011  01:05 PM ET

zito can pitch as long he has a open spot on the rotation!!

July 8, 2011  01:10 PM ET

One of the worst contracts ever.

July 8, 2011  01:21 PM ET
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One of the worst contracts ever.

Oh Manny's got that topped. Dodgers are still paying him, probably the Rays too. Or Dunn or Werth or Crawford or Soriano...

July 8, 2011  01:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

One of the worst contracts ever.

carl pavano would like to have his yakee hat thrown into that ring

July 8, 2011  02:05 PM ET

Congrats on making it almost all the way back to the big leagues Zito! If you could reliably pitch in the AL again you'd be back at the pinnacle of baseball competition. It's still impressive that you're making it work with only one good pitch in the AAAA League that is the NL...

July 8, 2011  03:54 PM ET
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He is the weak shot in the arm that team needs.

ya think

July 8, 2011  03:55 PM ET

is he really back

July 8, 2011  03:55 PM ET
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He's got that look on his face of "I've got my money" lol.

and lots and lots of it

July 8, 2011  03:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

How many years are left on his contract?

3years

July 8, 2011  03:56 PM ET
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Barry looks like he's going to grab an AK and take care of those booing fans in that photo...

nay don't say that

July 8, 2011  04:40 PM ET
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Congrats on making it almost all the way back to the big leagues Zito! If you could reliably pitch in the AL again you'd be back at the pinnacle of baseball competition. It's still impressive that you're making it work with only one good pitch in the AAAA League that is the NL...

Just not true any more - if you had to pick the two teams most likely to win the WS it would be Philly and SF - no other pitching staffs are close

 
July 8, 2011  05:25 PM ET
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Just not true any more - if you had to pick the two teams most likely to win the WS it would be Philly and SF - no other pitching staffs are close

You are absolutely correct. I was referring to the quality of hitting in the NL, and more specifically the quality of overall ineups in the AL. Pitchers don't face the same challenge in the NL, and they haven't for some time.

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