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Kazmir in Angels' rotation, dog house

Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:39 pm
By Matt Snyder

Scott Kazmir has a spot in the Angels' starting rotation to open the season. Just don't say he earned the job.

"Earned?" Scioscia said. "Define 'earned.' He will start the season in the rotation." (Los Angeles Times )

OK then. Tell us how you really feel, Mike.

It's tough to blame Scioscia for coming at Kazmir harshly. He was lit up like a proverbial Christmas tree Thursday and now has a 7.79 ERA in five spring starts. He's given up 23 hits and 12 walks in 17 1/3 innings (good for a dreadful 2.02 WHIP). The former All-Star was 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA and 1.58 WHIP last season in 28 starts. At 27, he's still plenty young -- if it feels like he's been around for ages, it's because he was promoted at age 20 -- at some point he has to start showing glimpses of his old self.

In fairness to Kazmir, his manager did want to point out it's not about his effort.

"Kaz has not pitched at a level we feel he can pitch to," Scioscia told the Times. "There's some disappointment in that, but we think the upside is still there to where we want to see where this goes in a regular-season game. Nobody is trying harder than Kaz. Though he's made strides, he's not where he can be and where we need him to be."

Keep in mind the contract. Kazmir is owed $12 million this season and has a $13.5 million club option for 2012. If that doesn't get picked up, and it's hard to see that happening, the Angels can buy him out for $2.5 million.

Basically, it seems like the Angels are pretty unhappy with Kazmir, but are giving him a shot in the rotation due to how much money he makes and their lack of alternative options. No wonder Scioscia was frustrated enough to let loose with the "define earned" remark.

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 1:25 pm

Kazmir in Angels' rotation, dog house

so where exactly does that put him on your scale of 1-10

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2011 8:10 am

Kazmir used to be unhittable

I am a die-hard White Sox fan and a baseball fanatic and if you would have told me three years ago that this article would be written about Scott Kazmir, I would have told you that you were nuts. I remember the first game he pitched against the White Sox. We could hardly get a baserunner let alone a run. He had a hard, heavy fastball with lots of movement in the last five feet. All four of the pitched he threw were above average and he could pin-point them all. He was a strikeout machine. Then, it was like that the second and the third and the fourth time we faced him and so on. I remember in 2007 and 2008 it seemed that every time we had a series against the Rays that we would get Kazmir. When he pitched I knew our guy had to hold them virtually scoreless to have a chance. What the heck happened to this guy? I understand he lost some velocity on his fastball but is that it? Why did that happen? I think his problem may be between the ears as is often the case with young pitchers. (Ankiel) Whatever the case, it is such a shame because this guy was a stud. I thought for sure he was gonna be the next Johann Santana. I read one comment which said that Kazmir had control issues. I know he has of late, but when he first came up, he could locate all of his pitches all day every day. I loved watching him pitch.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 27, 2011 8:29 pm

Kazmir in Angels' rotation, dog house

Kazmir is such a disappointment. Sigh, he was one of my favorite players to pitch with in video games because he was a lefty that had a fastball in the high 90s while being a young player at the same time.

Somewhat reminds me of David Price - I just hope David Price doesn't go through a horrible slump and end up as washed up as Kazmir.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2011 8:01 am

Kazmir in Angels' rotation, dog house

Control has always been an issue with Kazmir and always will be. His fastball is about 6-7 mph slower than it was 5 years ago. Nice kid, but he's never going to be anything more than a fringe starter at best from now on.

Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2011 4:12 am

Kazmir in Angels' rotation, dog house

I hope that he gets better.

Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 10:29 pm

Kazmir in Angels' rotation, dog house

On a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the best, Kazmir is a C-/D+.

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:40 pm

Kazmir in Angels' rotation, dog house

Kazmir is a cold turkey.
Definitevely gone.
Last year he did only damages.

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:23 pm

Kazmir in Angels' rotation, dog house

Scoscia's a Guillen wannabe.

Who's their GM?  Idiot.

Kazmir is pulling Cliff Lee.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2011 8:06 pm

Kazmir in Angels' rotation, dog house

trying to win a game kazmir pitches is like trying to destroy a tank with a pistol

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